Rosa Goncalves Pereira

December 11, 1925 ~ June 19, 2022 (age 96)


Rosa Pereira passed away at home, surrounded by loved ones, on June 19, 2022. She was 96. Rosa was born in the Azores on December 11, 1925 to Joao Avelar and Maria Goncalves. Growing up in the Azores, Rosa was known to care for those around her, from performing nursing skills for her community, to being a seamstress for her family. In 1949, Rosa married her husband Fernando Pereira (52 years), and they raised their two children. In 1966, she and her family moved to the United States, to fulfill their family dream to have a better life and be near relatives. Rosa and her family established in Watsonville in 1971. She was a homemaker, who cared for her children. She became a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Church, where she participated in numerous Portuguese events.

From her contributions to many fundraising events, (she was known for donating over 50 hand-made quilts), fundraisers for the Salesian Sister Schools, St. Francis School, I.S.T.W of Watsonville, and the Holy Ghost Celebrations; Rosa was considered to be a generous person who always put others first. She had a green thumb when it came to gardening and was also a caregiver to people that needed her. Rosa enjoyed crocheting, cooking, reading, poetry, and spending time with her family. She always had an open door to loved ones, and her grandchildren were the most precious to her. Rosa enjoyed hearing her talented, son-in-law’s play music and always took the time to enjoy the present moment.

Rosa is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her siblings; Victoria Silveira, Ana Cunha, Maria Nunes, Gertrudes Avelar, “baby” Gertrudes Avelar, Miguel Avelar, Antonio Avelar, Jose Avelar, Domingos Avelar, Joao Avelar, Antonino Avelar, and Manuel Avelar. She is survived by her children; Mary Fatima Cunha (Tony) and Mary Carvalho (Manuel), her grandchildren; Dina Cunha, Ashley Carvalho, Jeanine Carvalho Murphy, Emanuel Carvalho, as well as her great-grandchildren; Josie, Jenna, and Jacy Murphy, Kaylie and Jayden Carvalho, and Joshua, Stephanie, and Tristan Lee, as well as two sister -in Laws; Angelica Avelar and Leonor Avelar, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Rosary and Mass will be held at Our Lady Help of Christians on Monday, July 11, 2022 at 10 am. Burial to follow at Valley Public Cemetery. Mehl’s Colonial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.


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Recitation of the Rosary
July 11, 2022

10:00 AM
Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church (Valley Public Cemetery, East Lake Avenue)
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Funeral Mass
July 11, 2022

10:30 AM
Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church (Valley Public Cemetery, East Lake Avenue)
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July 11, 2022

11:30 AM
Valley Public Cemetery
2445 East Lake Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076
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