Rebecca J. (Grillo) Gonsalves, 69, of Vineyard Haven MA and formerly of Hopedale MA died Sunday (October 3, 2021) at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston MA after an illness. She was the beloved mother of Amy M. Gonsalves of Milford MA.
Rebecca was born in Framingham MA, the daughter of the late Charles A. Grillo Sr. and the late Miriam (Sooley) Grillo. She attended Hopedale public schools, graduating from Hopedale High School, Class of 1969. She was also a graduate of the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital School of Nursing.
Rebecca was employed for many years as a nurse. Later in life she had a career change and became a legal secretary to Atty. John Fernandes.
Rebecca had resided in Vineyard Haven MA for the past thirty years. She loved all animals and was an avid reader. She also was an accomplished knitter.
Rebecca is survived by her loving daughter: Amy M. Gonsalves and her partner Tyrone Barlosky of Milford MA; her brother: Charles A. Grillo Jr. of Worcester MA; her 3 sisters: Deborah A. Robbins and her husband Albert of Marstons Mills MA, Amy E. Miller and her husband Paul of Tewksbury MA and Miriam G. Loiselle and her husband James of Centerville MA; also many nieces, nephews & cousins.
In accordance with her wishes cremation will take place. Relatives & friends are invited to extend their condolences to her family on Friday (October 15th) from 11am to 1pm at the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford MA. A Private Graveside Committal Service for immediate family members will follow in Hopedale Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Animal Shelter (MSPCA) of Martha’s Vineyard, P. O Box #1829, One Penneywise Path, Edgartown MA 02539.
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