Giovinella Gonthier

January 11, 1949May 21, 2012

Giovinella Gonthier, passed away May 21, 2012. Teacher, Author, Ambassador and Consultant. Beloved wife of 37 years to Roger G. Wilson; daughter of Germaine and the late Wilbur Gonthier; dear sister of Gillian, George, Godfrey and Gilbert. She is the fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Former ambassador of the Republic of the Seychelles Islands To the United Nations and the United States (1979-1988). A memorial service is being planned for the summertime. Please call Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home for information 847-251-8200. Please join us in celebrating Giovinella's life by visiting In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heifer International Donor Services, PO Box 8058 Little Rock, AR, 72203


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Vic Tirant

December 11, 2012

May she rest in peace from one of her students at the Seychelles College.

Sharon & Leo Reyes, M.D.

December 4, 2012

Mr. Wilson, we just read about your wife Giovinella's passing. In the short time that we have known her and you on social occasions and via her book, "Rude Awakenings" we learned how important it is to study about other people's lives and how we treat them. I was hoping to have her speak again to our medical staff regarding civility but it was not meant to be.Our deepest sympathy.

Margaret [Peggy] E McCarthy

September 9, 2012

I read yesterday in the Wheaton Quarterly in the Class Notes about Giovinella. I did not know here personally, but every time she was to speak at Wheaton, I attended and listened to every word. She was loyal to her past, modern in her views, and perceptive of the future. P '64.

Cindy Brundrett

July 16, 2012

Dear Roger, My sincere condolences on the loss of Giovinella. She was a wonderful woman and a good friend to my sister Roberta. It seems as if a bright light has now dimmed. She was so inspirational and a wonderful and vibrant woman. I will always remember her laugh. May memories of Giovinella help ease your sorrow at thims time.

Maureen Rodrigues

July 6, 2012

Dear Roger,

I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences.

I am in shock. Nella, as we called her a long time ago was a boarder-buddy at St. Joseph's Convent School in DaresSalaam, Tanzania. I often sat next to her at our large dinning table for our meals. We also lived in the same little town in Arusha, Tanzania.

I met up with you and Giovinella in October 2000 when both of you came to the Tanzanite Dance in Toronto, Canada. I have a photo which I will try and upload. I also have some photos from our days in the boarding school.

Last year in October I sent her an email to the email address she gave me when we met in 2000. But I got no response and thought that she might have moved.

We are having a St. Joseph's Convent School reunion in October this year and we are contacting all persons who attended the school and who were boarders. So today, I decided that since I had not received a response from her I would google her name and find her. I am so sad to read that she has passed away. I did not know of her achievements except that she had told us in 2000 that she was an Ambassador to the UN. I will certainly read all that google has listed about her. I am honoured that I was a friend of hers in her childhood.

Please convey my condolences to her mother, Gillian (whom I remember) and her brothers.

If you do have a celebration of her life in the summer, please let me know. Thank you.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and may her soul rest in peace.


Maureen Rodrigues (Almeida)
Toronto, ON, Canada

Kathleen and Rachel Peara/York

July 6, 2012

Dear Roger,

Rachel and I were saddened to hear of Giovenella's passing. We felt blessed to have been to see her one last time in December. I was proud to call her my friend and so appreciated the interest you both showed in Rachel. She was quite a powerful woman and I shall miss her global mind,her wit and integrity.

Love, Kathleen and Rachel

July 5, 2012

Dear Roger:
Scott joins me in expressing our deepest condolence. We will always remember Giovinella's tremendous wit, insightful comments and her love of Africa.
Maria Bechily

Jean-Robert (Bob) Barallon

June 24, 2012

Giovinella and I shared a common background. We were both born and grew up in Tanzania, our respective parents knew each other very well and were close friends during that time. I really got to know her during my later years at the Seychelles College in the 1970's and she was truly ahead of her time in multiple ways. I have not come across another exemplary individual as Giovinella despite my extensive travels around the globe. She left way too soon. God speed.

Steve & Dorell Heath

June 21, 2012

Roger: So sorry to hear the news. We sincerely enjoyed Giovinella and feel privileged to have known her. Our thoughts are with you.

June 3, 2012

I enjoyed meeting you and Giovinella once when my parents, Ruth and Leo Fletcher, were in town. She meant a lot to them. I am sorry for your loss.

Fred Fletcher