Venise T. Gonya

NEWMARKET — Venise T. Gonya, 84, of Grant Road died on September 11, 2017, at The Pines of Newmarket, in Newmarket, N.H., where she had resided for the past seven years.

Born October 9, 1932, in Berlin, N.H., she was the daughter of Armand and Lillian (Fournier) Bernier.

In addition to being a devoted wife to her husband Joe and mother to her three daughters, Venise served as an administrative assistant for 25 years at the St. Thomas More Church and Catholic Student Center in Durham, N.H. During that time she was actively involved in the parish community and especially enjoyed interacting with the UNH students who visited the parish student center.

Venise enjoyed cooking, sewing, golfing and skiing. She especially loved the years she spent with her husband and family at their special camping retreat on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Venise was predeceased by her husband Joseph E. Gonya, who died in 2000, and her sister, Jacqueline Berry.

Survivors include her three daughters, Gail DiNuzzo and her husband Fran of Landenberg, Pa., Jill Demello and her husband Alan of Newmarket, and Lisa Gowen and her partner William Toohey of Newmarket; her sister, Mae Winslow and her husband Phillip of Rye; seven grandchildren, Christopher, David, Brian, Craig, Heather, Megan, and Ashley; a great granddaughter, Olivia; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful for the kindness and compassion of Venise’s caregivers at The Pines and Rockingham VNA Hospice.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Thomas More, 6 Madbury Road, Durham. The family will greet friends at the church starting at 9:15 a.m. Guests are invited to join the family at the adjacent Catholic Student Center in a celebration of Venise’s life immediately after the service. A graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Somersworth.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Venise may be made to Rockingham VNA & Hospice at  www.exeterhospital.com/Rockingham-VNA-Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org .

Visit www.kentandpelczarfh.com to sign an online guestbook.

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