Passed away October 11, 2019 at age of 81. She was born in Fazenda on the island of Flores, Acores.

Leona was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She cared for her husband in his last years til he died in 1992. They were married 32 years.

She loved to bake, sew, crochet, knit, entertain and especially camping and going on picnics with friends and family. She was known for her beautiful smile. She was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arcata. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Stone; son, Paul Gonsalves; grandson, Trevor Stone; sister and brother-in-law Ana and John DeMatos; sister Maria Cristina Almeida; brother Joe Sousa; sisters-in-law Deolinda Sousa and Cecilia Mendonca; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Gonsalves; her parents, Ilda and Perdro Sousa; brothers Tony Sousa and Leonildo; and son-in-law Scott Stone.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Timber Ridge Renaissance McKinleyville, for the great care that they provided in her last years.

Viewing will be at Paul’s Chapel in Arcata Friday, October 18, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A rosary and funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arcata on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Arcata.

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul’s Chapel.


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