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Rock Funeral Home

1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA

OBITUARY

Evelyn Rapoza

May 12, 1947July 26, 2020

Evelyn Gouveia Rapoza, age73 of New Bedford, passed away on Sunday July 26, 2O2O after a brief illness.

Born in Acushnet, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary ( Ponte )Gouveia and a long time resident of New Bedford.

After graduating from New Bedford High School in 1965, Evey balanced single motherhood and a career in the insurance industry, retiring from Vermette and Bates Insurance Agency in 2012. Evelyn was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Touching many lives and hearts throughout her 25 years, 9 months, and 15 days of continuous sobriety.

She is survived by her daughter, Nicole Chase and her husband Brandon of Fairhaven; her brother Daniel Gouveia and his wife Sally of San Diego, Ca; her sister Dolores Ketchie and her husband Richard Sr. of New Bedford; and many nieces and nephews, including her godchild Karen Taylor and her husband John of Maryland. She was predeceased by her sister Lorraine Costa, brother-in-law Frank Costa; and a brother John Jr. who passed away in infancy.

Her Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10:00AM in St. Mary’s Church, Tarkiln Hill Road, New Bedford, MA 02745. Relatives and friends are invited. Arrangements are in the care of ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745. Burial is private. To leave a note of condolence: www.rock-funeralhome.com

Services

22 August

Memorial Mass

10:00 am

St Mary's Church

Tarkiln Hill Rd
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02745

Memories

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Paula Diffley

August 2, 2020

Evelyn was such a power of example to so many women in this program. She helped me so many times and probably didn’t even realize it. Bless her and the family my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Vicki Sabija

August 1, 2020

Dear Nikki and family,
My mom and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our favorite memories of Evey include going to Mary's Pond Beach on the Fourth of July with you guys, watching The Love Boat and Fantasy Island together (with our grandmothers as well), checking out Evey's new seasonal wardrobes, admiring Evey's Jamocha nail polished-nails, and listening to her awesome record album collection (especially Neil Diamond and The Bellamy Brothers)!
Rest in Peace, Evey.
Love,
Vicki and Fay Sabija

Susan Bachtel

July 31, 2020

Evelyn,
You have been the most wonderful friend to me. I will treasure our friendship with all my heart. You were my angel on earth and now you are my angel in heaven.

Love you forever,
Sue

With deepest sympathy to you Nikki and your family.

Annette Kelley

July 31, 2020

So sad to hear of Evelyn’s passing. I remember Evelyn as a lovely lady, who always reached out a kind, helping hand to everyone. You were a great power of example to all and will be sadly missed.

Joanna Soares

July 30, 2020

Remember when you first came in the program, Evelyn? You thought I didn't like you and I thought you didn't like me. Then we got to know each other and became very close. You even asked me to be your sponsor. We spent many summer days by the pool and later Sunday dinners with a group of friends. You were an important part of my support system. I will always keep you in my heart. I love you. Joanna

Diana and Jerry Tenney/Laperriere

July 30, 2020

Evelini, you will be sooo missed. You were there when we first got there -- a power of example and it was evident you were loved by many. Rest in sweet, gentle peace and everlasting serenity.
Diana and Jerry

Kerri almeida

July 30, 2020

Evelyn was a beautiful lady and will be missed. My sympathies to Nikki and your family.

Jean Wenstrand

July 29, 2020

Heaven has gained another angel. Evelyn always welcomed me with open arms when I would come to New Bedford for my summer visit. I will miss her. My condolences to you, Nicole, and to the rest of your family. May God bless and comfort you during this most difficult time.

Carl Ventura

July 29, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family.
Evelyn and I have shared a lot about
helping ourselves and others over many
years. She was a very warm hearted
individual and surely will be missed.
RIP my friend

Deb Leedecke

July 29, 2020

Evey,

You will be so missed my friend. You were a huge part of serenity sisters since it started. You will always be in our hearts. Love you

So sorry nikki and family for your loss.

Love,
Deb

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Evelyn Gouveia Rapoza, age73 of New Bedford, passed away on Sunday July 26, 2O2O after a brief illness.

Born in Acushnet, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary ( Ponte )Gouveia and a long time resident of New Bedford.

After graduating from New Bedford High School in 1965, Evey balanced single motherhood and a career in the insurance industry, retiring from Vermette and Bates Insurance Agency in 2012.

Evelyn was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Touching many lives and hearts throughout her 25 years, 9 months, and 15 days of continuous sobriety.

She is survived by her daughter, Nicole Chase and her husband Brandon of Fairhaven; her brother Daniel Gouveia and his wife Sally of San Diego, Ca; her sister Dolores Ketchie and her husband Richard Sr. of New Bedford; and many nieces and nephews, including her godchild Karen Taylor and her husband John of Maryland. She was predeceased by her sister Lorraine Costa, brother-in-law Frank Costa; and a brother John Jr. who passed away in infancy.

Her Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10:00AM in St. Mary’s Church, Tarkiln Hill Road, New Bedford, MA 02745. Relatives and friends are invited. Arrangements are in the care of ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745. Burial is private. To leave a note of condolence: www.rock-funeralhome.com