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Florinda Goncalves

29 February, 194015 February, 2021
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Florinda Rosa Goncalves, 80, of Danbury CT, passed away peacefully & gracefully on Monday, February 15, 2021, with her family by her side.

She was born on February 29, 1940, in Xertelo, Portugal to the late Filomena and Antonio Afonso. She completed her education in Portugal and went on to have a very successful career as a Seamstress making many beautiful & elegant dresses.

Florinda married Manuel Antonio Goncalves in September 1970. She emigrated to the United States of America in 1967 settling in Mount Vernon, NY for 15 years before moving to Danbury, CT in 1982. Florinda is survived by her husband of 51 years, Manuel, her Sons Frank (wife Lori) & John, her Granddaughter Sophia, and her Siblings Delfim, Domingos, & llidio. Florinda had 5 other siblings – Ana Rosa, Anibal, Aurora, Florinda, & Virginia, who predeceased her.

Florinda was known to many family and friends as “Mae” (Mother in Portuguese) due to her amazing kindness, love, generosity, and compassion for everyone who was graced by her presence. She loved family, friends, nature, animals, dress-making, traveling, Wheel of Fortune, laughing, and living life to the fullest. Florinda was presented with many difficult personal challenges throughout her life in which she was able to overcome with her amazing resiliency and toughness. The Catholic Religion especially Our Lady of Fatima and Saint Joseph played an important role in her life providing her personal set of morals & values based upon Honesty, Kindness, Respect, Love, Hard Work, Charity, and Integrity. Florinda will be sorely missed by her husband, sons, granddaughter, family, friends, and all who love and adore her beyond what words can convey. The World, and now Heaven are much better places having been Blessed and Graced with such an amazing person and soul in Florinda Goncalves. Forever Loved and Forever Missed By All.

Wake Services will be held at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St. Danbury, CT 06810 on Sunday, February 21, 2021, for immediate family only as there is a 35 person attendee limit due to covid-19 restrictions.

Church Services will be held at Saint Joseph’s Church, 8 Robinson Ave. Danbury, CT 06810 on Monday, February 22, 2021, for family and friends. Note: There is a 100 person attendee limit due to covid-19 restrictions. Please contact Frank or John Goncalves to be placed on the reservation list.

Donations in honor of Florinda Goncalves can be made to the Saint Joseph’s Church Online Giving Site:


  • Visitation (Private)

    Sunday, 21 February , 2021

  • Funeral Service (Private)

    Monday, 22 February , 2021

  • Burial (Public)

    Monday, 22 February , 2021


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John & Ruth Nehez

24 February 2021

Dear Frank and family, We are truly sorry to hear about your Mom. May you find peace and the memories of her live with you forever.

Heather DeMassa

19 February 2021

Goncalves family
So sorry for the loss of your Mae
She truly was a warrior and an inspiration with her fighter spirit.
I see so much of her in both her sons and know how much she cherished her family.
May she Rest In Peace.


19 February 2021

We are both so sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful mother. She was a kind soul and treated us all like one of her own. She will be missed and her memory will remain eternal in everyone's hearts. Big hug brother, God bless you and your family.


19 February 2021



Corey Austin

19 February 2021

The word "Mae" is a Portuguese word for, mother. Florinda, also known as Mae to me, was motherly. She was kind and gentle, always welcoming with a smile. Florinda was a master in the kitchen! I have fond memories of her lovingly whipping up a huge meal, saying "eat, eat" - as I stuffed my face! But the thing I will always remember is that the word she most often used in a conversation was, "beautiful". Everything was beautiful to her, which is a direct reflection of the kind and beautiful person she was. You will be missed, Mae.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

~ Corey & Rachel

Barbara Narciso

18 February 2021

My Deepest Condolences..My Thoughts and Prayers Are With All Of You.. Rest In Peace Mrs Goncalves.

Darren Nehez

18 February 2021

We are so sorry for your Mom's passing. We love you, Batts!
~Beth & Darren

Roberto Rodriguez

18 February 2021

Growing up, I always knew that if I got hungry, I could always go to Frank's house because Mae would feed me her delicious cooking. She was always kind and caring and motherly to all of us. Full of class and grace. So sorry for your loss.

Kelly McCaffrey

18 February 2021

To the Goncalves family,
So sorry for your loss of Mae.
She was a spirited lady, with a beautiful smile and heart of gold.
With deepest sympathy ,
Kelly and Kevin McCaffrey

Rich curry

18 February 2021

my thoughts are with your entire family
Richard Curry

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