Pat Gonsalves of Walnut Creek passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 12th, 2022, with her daughter Cathy at her side. She was 85 years of age.
Patricia Eileen Gonsalves (nee Schwartze) was born and raised in Puyallup, WA, and was the youngest of three sisters: Dorothy, Ellen ("Skippy,") and "Patty." She moved to California in the '50s to earn a teaching credential at UC Berkeley and launch a career in music education. She was an accomplished pianist, singer, and educator who provided teacher training workshops via her own company, Rhythm Works. In recent years, she founded, directed, and sang in local group Harmony Singers.
Pat lived and worked for many years in Modesto, CA, where she raised two children, performed in musical theatre, and gave private piano lessons. She then lived many years in Albuquerque, NM, before settling in Walnut Creek in 2008. She is survived by daughter Cathy Gonsalves, son John Gonsalves, daughter-in-law Jill-Alexia Orr, and granddaughter Grace Gonsalves, all of Walnut Creek.
No service is planned, but her family invites the sharing of memories of Pat here on the Oak Park Hills Chapel website, should anyone like to enter a message here.
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