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Joe E. Gonsalves

Joe E. Gonsalves

May 05, 1931-February 01, 2018

Joe E. Gonsalves, age 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 1, 2018 in Hanford.

He was born on May 5, 1931, in Sao Bento, Terceira, Azores, to Jose' and Amelia Esteves Goncalves. Joe attended schools in Terceira.

At the age of 19, he left Lisbon, Portugal, on a ship, headed to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While in Brazil, he owned, and operated a butcher shop, for 4 1/2 years.

In October of 1954, he decided to leave Brazil, and head for the U.S.A.

In 1955 he married Mary, and together they had 6 children. Joe began his career, by milking cows in Riverdale. After a year, he began his own dairy of 25 cows, and increased his heard to 4,000 over the next 15 years. He continued in the dairy business for 31 years, until his retirement.

Joe's special interests, and hobbies included, traveling back to his home in Terceira, Brazil, and visiting other countries as well.

He also enjoyed occasional trips to Vegas, San Francisco and many trips to Pismo Beach.

His favorite time of the year was Spring, when all the Portuguese Festa's began. He would enjoy going to as many local festa's, as he could, and 'critique' which town had the best sopas.

In his younger years, he would also enjoy going to the bull fights.

Joe also had a passion for gardening. He loved having fruit trees, grapes and his 'legendary' tomato garden. He had been a past member of the 'Hanford Holy Ghost Portuguese Festa Committee' , as well as a past member, of the Cabrillo Club of Tulare.

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Joe is survived by his sons; Steve (MaryAnn) Gonsalves of Porterville, Anthony (Sherry) of Bradley, and a daughter, Susan Duarte, of Hanford. Also, 11 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.

A sister, Idalina Goncalves, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A sister-in-law, Merces Goncalves of San Jose, CA. His long time companion, Loretta Macedo, of Tulare, CA. He is also survived by numerous nephews, and nieces.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents. Brothers; Armand Goncalves, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Alvaro Goncalves, of San Jose, CA. Also, his son, John Gonsalves, in 2015. His daughter, Rose (Gonsalves) Penrod, in 2017.

Services will be Friday, February 9, 2018. Visitation will be at Whitehurst McNamera, in Hanford, from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Rosary-Funeral Mass, will follow at 10:30a.m.,at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, in Hanford. Graveside, will immediately follow, at Calvery Cemetary, in Hanford.

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