Natercia Luisa Kontoules

June 29, 1958October 10, 2020

SALEM— Natércia Luisa Costa Kontoules M.D., aged 62, passed away on October 10, 2020 at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a year-long battle with gastric cancer. She passed comfortably and peacefully with her beloved husband, Charles J. Kontoules, by her side, to whom she was married for 40 wonderful years. Born in Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel, Azores, she was the daughter of Maurino da Silva Costa and M. Natalia Costa. Luisa was the valedictorian of the Class of 1976 at St. Mary’s High School in Somerville, and went on to graduate Cum Laude in Biology from Harvard University in 1980. Following her undergraduate, she attended NYU School of Medicine and earned her Doctorate in 1984. Luisa returned to Boston to finish her medical training, completing her residency at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1988.

She began her professional career that same year, when she was hired by Swampscott OB/GYN. In 1991, she became a founding partner of Salem Women’s Health Associates, and was also elected a fellow of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Over the years, Luisa worked as an OB/GYN for many different hospitals and health centers, including Salem Hospital, Beverly Hospital, Lynn Community Health Center, Torigian Family Health, and Tufts Medical Center. She eventually opened her own private practice in Peabody, and worked there for over 10 years. During that period, she also worked as an OB at Cape Cod Hospital on weekends, and when she made the decision to close her practice, she was employed by Internal Medicine Physicians of the North Shore. Over the course of her career Luisa helped countless patients, brought nearly 4,000 babies into the world, and was well-respected in the community.

Luisa enjoyed varied interests, including travel (especially to Disney World and Rockport), gardening, music and playing the piano, knitting and cross-stitch, decorating for the holidays, Christmas, and visiting the ocean. Her favorite guilty pleasures were coffee and chocolate. She also enjoyed attending monthly meetings of the North Shore Ladies’ Investment Club.

Along with her husband and parents, Luisa is survived by her children, James R. Kontoules and Laura E. Kontoules, both of Salem; her siblings, Maria Costa of Woburn, Ruben Costa and his wife Maria of Billerica, Paul Costa and his wife Linda of Medford, and Philip Costa of Salem, as well as her loyal canine companion, Macy, and many other dear relatives, friends, and colleagues.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Memorial Service will be held for Luisa next year, when all are able to gather and share memories. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either Kaplan House or to the Massachusetts East Chapter of the Debbie’s Dream Foundation for gastric cancer research.


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Natercia Luisa Kontoules

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Sonia Kalikow

October 18, 2020

I became a patient of Dr. Kontoules in 2008. She performed a very thorough examination and thanks to this I had a very early diagnosis which was incredibly helpful and which led to a very prompt resolution of a problem which could have been very serious. And this was not even a gynecological issue! Several years later, as I faced a new life after my husband's passing, I saw her, and again she displayed her compassion and understanding. She devoted a lot of time to me during that appointment and she went way beyond her medical duties to make me feel supported during a very difficult time in my life. My heart goes out to her family and I hope you all find consolation in your memories of a wonderful human being.

Margarita Garcia

October 17, 2020

To her husband, children, other relatives and friends ... A great sorrow wraps my heart for the departure of Dr. Luisa Kontoules. May his soul rest in peace. Sharing my beautiful memories with her .. I met Dr. Kontoules through my cousin Arlene Garcia, when she was working for her at Salem Women’s health Associates. Dom Rep. Arrived from my country at the beginning of the 90's, with two big dreams, but also as a young future mother with many fears. And it is thanks to Dr. Kontoules after God, who welcomes my children Josh (1990)& Marjorie (1991) Gómez to reach the world. How to forget her radiant smile when she putted them in my arms. Beautiful memories, those moments of labor so happy with her where any immense pain was minimized. Thanks to her patience, dedication, love and her wise hands that helped shape my dreams that, like every woman, sheltered my heart and with all efforts, thanks immensely to her, they became a reality. Forever in our hearts, rest in peace dear Dr. Kontoules ❤️💜

Rachel Navleris

October 17, 2020

Dear Kontoules and Costa families,
My mom told me about Dr. Kontoules and I was so shocked. She was so young! I was a patient of hers and my mom became one too. She was so kind and wonderful, I was so sad when she closed her practice. But years before that I also had her husband, Mr. Kontoules, as a teacher when I was in junior high school, probably a few years before they had children, I assume. I remember Dr. Kontoules telling me he was at home with the kids now and I thought how well they worked together as a team to take care of their family. Beautiful example. Just wanted to let you know you are all in our thoughts and prayers and that she is safe in God’s memory until He brings her back one day soon. Our sincerest condolences.
Perry and Rachel Navleris (Asvestas)

Joan McColgan

October 16, 2020

The “ Golden Years” of St Margaret’s, the original “ Saint Elsewhere” was made that way by the spirit exemplified by Luisa. Even in her residency, her integrity, expertise , strength and openness made her a favorite of the nurses! No greater critics, Luisa was loved and even more respected. It is no surprise she became one of the best-
Thanks for the memory, RIP
Joan McColgan Labor and Delivery

Jean Ewan

October 15, 2020

I have great memories of Louisa as a resident at St. Margaret's Hospital for Women. I was a nurse there on the labor floor and went off to midwifery school as Louisa pursued a great career as an OB/ GYN on the North Shore. I always knew she would be a great OB/GYN as her humility and wisdom shown brightly every day that we shared fighting for the best care for all of our patients.

Elaine Donovan

October 15, 2020

Dear Kontules and Costa Families,
I was so shocked to read that our dear Dr. Kontules has died. I am deeply sorry. She was my doctor for quite awhile. Luisa's gentleness, warmth and sense of humor always put me at ease. Her love of family and medicine will always live as her legacy. Luisa will never be forgotten in my heart. I wish you, her family, courage and strength during this difficult time. Luisa's light will always shine upon us.
Love and Prayers,
Elaine Donovan

Annette Barry

October 15, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Kontoules. My sister and i both were patients at her practice and we always appreciated that she took the time with each and every one of us to answer questions and make us feel we mattered. She took great care of me and my worries during my pregnancy. I was just telling my daughter how wonderful Dr. Kontoules was and how Betsy August ended up delivering her. Both my sister and I were talking about Dr. Kontoules this weekend and I am sure we felt her spirit during her last days. My condolences to her family and friends. She was certainly a special human being and those of us who were able to learn from her were blessed. Peach & love, Annette Barry
Merrimac, MA

Tara Cassidy-Driscoll

October 15, 2020

I was shocked and so saddened to see Dr. Kontoules' obituary. I had followed her for about 30 years to each place she moved to with the exception of her last one.
She was a brilliant doctor and always the picture of health. With my last pregnancy where she was my doctor, I developed a life threatening condition, and though as scary as it was, I knew I was in good hands with her monitoring my condition. She got my daughter and I through it safely and for that I will always be grateful.
I am so sorry to hear this terribly sad news. My heart breaks for her and her family.

Dawn Henderson

October 15, 2020

I will always remember her beautiful smile, voice, and playing the piano at St Thomas. Rest In Peace Luisa.

Lisa DeLuties

October 15, 2020

Dr. Kontoules delivered my first child, a daughter, 14 years ago. At the time she had a mid wife working for her. My husband & I have said how we were so lucky to have her for the journey & delivery of our first born :) I’m so sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts & prayers are with her entire family at this time.
Dr. Kontoules was a blessing 🙏🏻

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