Janice Eve Furtado

April 17, 1980April 13, 2012

Janice – Blink of an Eye

In a “blink of an eye” we all lost an idol. One young life lost who was a true inspiration to many. A life unfinished, yet so accomplished; Janice Furtado unexpectedly passed away after a short illness on April 13, 2012, just four days before her 32nd birthday. Her family was by her side.

In her short 32 years, Janice achieved more than most people do in eight decades. Janice is survived by her 3 sisters, Amy Furtado, Tory Furtado, and Zoe Furtado, to whom she was an inspiration, her father Russell Furtado, her Mother Elaine Mello, her Step-Father James Mello, her fiancé Matt Goodwin, and her countless relatives and friends, she was a hero to our country. A combat veteran who served for 8 years in the United States Air Force she was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Campaign Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. She served actively in the Middle East and Asia, and was redeployed for tsunami relief in Thailand.

After her honorable discharge, she stayed connected to her brothers and sisters in arms. She worked as a readjustment counselor for the Veterans Administration. Janice worked diligently to earn her masters in Mental Heath Counseling from Springfield College Boston Campus. She moved forward and nearly completed her Doctorate in Psychology focusing on PTSD counseling for returning veterans. She was also a certified yoga instructor. Janice was many things to many people.

Her accomplishments and life journey demonstrate how she was simultaneously down-to-earth and philosophical, playful and serious. Above all, she was committed to her family. She, her sisters, and her mother are a collective force of nature; loving to sing, dance, and celebrate together at any occasion. The bond these women share is truly unique.

Words are inadequate to describe how much she will be missed. Love, love you G.I. Jane.

Calling hours will be held from 2 PM until 6 PM on Sunday April 22, 2012 at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A in Sandwich, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday April 23, 2012 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd East Sandwich, MA. Military Honors will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

Gifts in her memory can be made to, Train Vets to Treat Vets, of which she was a founding member, c/o Nicholas A. Covino, PsyD, President at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 221 Rivermoor Street, Boston, MA 02132


  • Visitation Sunday, April 22, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 23, 2012
  • Graveside Service Monday, April 23, 2012

Janice Eve Furtado

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April 16, 2017

I was just thinking about when a bunch of us went to the beach in Okinawa. We spent almost the whole day there, playing in the tide and taking pictures of the graffiti on the concrete walls. Then I realized it's almost your birthday! Thanks for dropping those memories down from heaven! Miss you girl!


July 16, 2016

We think of you often. Your life still serves not only as a beacon for many, it reminds us of how precious and fleeting it all is.

We hold you dear, always. I can still hear you singing "Soul Sister" with Charlie & Louis as we were driving around Boston. You made quite an impression. We all still remember...

How fortunate we were (and are) to have such am accepting, loving and playful soul touch our lives.

Love, Aunt Carol

July 15, 2016

It gets harder and harder...can't find words...just miss you...miss you ...miss you...always

July 1, 2016

Yes...your smile helped me to get through one more day...and I thought......


June 7, 2016

I still feel your hug...still feel it...and it keeps me going . Thank you. Rest in you

Christine Cavanagh

April 26, 2016

Janice, as your anniversary comes once again, we are reminded of how much we miss you & how much you touched our lives. You would be so proud, one of "your kids" (as you so lovingly called them), Zachary Otis, has followed in your footsteps, graduating with Honors from Air Force boot camp. We can't help but think you might have had a hand in his success! We all miss you & keep you & your family in our prayers. Blessed I am to have you one of my children's Angels!

Marybeth KIELY

April 13, 2015

Janice, Noella and I think of you all the time.we will never forget you- love you always

April 13, 2015

We carry you with us always, dear Jan.

Joe & Marion Rosenfield

April 13, 2015

Our Love and Prayers to Janice's family. Hope that you can smile as you think of fond memories of her. I know she has a special place in many hearts.

Uncle Alan

April 12, 2015

Not a day goes by....