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Official Obituary of: Edna May Goodman-Gucwa 04/13/2020

Edna May Goodman-Gucwa 04/13/2020

PLAINVILLE – Edna May (Auty) Goodman-Gucwa, 100 years old, of Berry Street passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family.  She was the wife of the late William “Bill” Goodman who passed away in 1980 and the late Eugene “Gene” Gucwa, who died in 2009.

Born February 26, 1920 in Plainville, she was a daughter of the late George and Gertrude (Sanford) Auty.

Edna grew up in North Attleboro and was a 1938 graduate of North Attleboro High School.

She worked as a teacher’s aide in the Plainville School system for most of her career before retiring over 30 years ago.  She previously worked as a telephone operator for several years in Taunton.

Edna was a longtime devoted communicant of Grace Episcopal Church in North Attleboro.

She was an avid reader and a devoted Red Sox fan.  Edna spent many winters in Boynton Beach in Florida and cherished time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Carolyn Barboza.

Edna is survived by three grandchildren: Jonathan Barboza and wife Alyson of Plainville, Brian Barboza of South Boston and Elizabeth Foley and husband Brian of Raynham;

Four great-grandchildren: William Cree, Charlie Barboza, Domenic Barboza and Colin Foley;

Also devoted family, Ellen Renner and Joseph Duffy, with whom she shared her home.

She’s also survived by extended family members Jane Renner, Jim Renner, and Elizabeth Longley and husband, Jon and Lydia Longley, Bonnie Bivens and husband David and Earlene Hamilton and friend Richard.  Also, Gene Gucwa’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by family members Betty and Eric Renner and John Renner.

A private graveside service will be held at Plainville Cemetery.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Grace Episcopal Church at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Compassionate Care ALS, PO BOX 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574, or to Grace Episcopal Church, 104 North Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760.

Edna’s family would like to send a special “Thank You” to Accent Care Hospice Services in Westwood for their compassionate care for the last two weeks.

Arrangements entrusted to Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.

To give online condolences to Edna’s family, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com.

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  • As a high school student in the 50’s looking for a way to skip church service, I volunteered to help out in the Nursery at Grace Church. The teacher, Mrs. Goodman to me, was one of the nicest people I ever met. She was wonderful with the kids and loved them all. Some 50 years later I found myself back in the North Attlebor o area at a function where she recognized me and we spoke. Truly a thrill for me.

  • [i]I am very sorry to hear of Edna’s passing.. She was my grandfather’s niece and I only knew her when I was a kid but she was so nice to me and my brother and sister back then..  I didn’t realize she was still with us.. Wish I had know.. She could have answered many question I have about our family.. Also didn’t know Caroline had passed.. R.I.P my two cousins..   [/i]

  • I am so sorry to see this. Edna was a lovely women with lots of spirit. It was my pleasure to know her. May she rest in peace. 

  • Edna was truly a lovely lady that I was blessed to know .  She touched the heart of so many children in Plainville Schools including my son Justin. She will be sadly missed by her loving family.  May you all treasure her memory.  Blessings to you all with my deepest sympathy.??????Maureen Ciombor

  • Edna was a wonderful lady I was blessed to know. She touched the lives of so many children in Plainville and my son Justin was one of them.  She was blessed with such a wonderful loving family. May you all find comfort and strength as you treasure her memory and legacy. God Bless Edna????

  • One of the dearest, genuine, perfect ladies I’ve ever met. I was lucky enough to spend some time teaching at Jackson School and share days with Edna n Betty. Two of the sweetest ladies ever!  I was always guaranteed a beautiful smile and a warm greeting upon seeing them. The children adored both of them. And it was a Mutual Affection Association between B & E and those lucky students. God rest Edna. She was the real deal through and through. Sending my condolences to her family n friends. 

  • Our prayers and much love for your loss of Edna..She was a very special lady and always had a smile for everyone.. May she be at peace with Caroline and all her deceased family…Our hearts go out to you all .. peace and love….ginger & ken souza

  • Edna was the strongest woman I know.  Her faith was unbelievable.  She never complained.  She definitely went straight to heaven to be with those who went before her.   She will be missed greatly yet will never be forgotten.
    She lived 100 years, yet it doesn’t seem to be enough

  • I would like to extend my condolences to all of Edna’s family. We were all blessed to have had her reach out and be a part of our lives. She will be missed by many.

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  1. I would like to extend my condolences to all of Edna’s family. We were all blessed to have had her reach out and be a part of our lives. She will be missed by many.

  2. Edna was the strongest woman I know.  Her faith was unbelievable.  She never complained.  She definitely went straight to heaven to be with those who went before her.   She will be missed greatly yet will never be forgotten.
    She lived 100 years, yet it doesn’t seem to be enough

  3. Our prayers and much love for your loss of Edna..She was a very special lady and always had a smile for everyone.. May she be at peace with Caroline and all her deceased family…Our hearts go out to you all .. peace and love….ginger & ken souza

  4. One of the dearest, genuine, perfect ladies I’ve ever met. I was lucky enough to spend some time teaching at Jackson School and share days with Edna n Betty. Two of the sweetest ladies ever!  I was always guaranteed a beautiful smile and a warm greeting upon seeing them. The children adored both of them. And it was a Mutual Affection Association between B & E and those lucky students. God rest Edna. She was the real deal through and through. Sending my condolences to her family n friends. 

  5. Edna was a wonderful lady I was blessed to know. She touched the lives of so many children in Plainville and my son Justin was one of them.  She was blessed with such a wonderful loving family. May you all find comfort and strength as you treasure her memory and legacy. God Bless Edna????

  6. Edna was truly a lovely lady that I was blessed to know .  She touched the heart of so many children in Plainville Schools including my son Justin. She will be sadly missed by her loving family.  May you all treasure her memory.  Blessings to you all with my deepest sympathy.??????Maureen Ciombor

  7. I am so sorry to see this. Edna was a lovely women with lots of spirit. It was my pleasure to know her. May she rest in peace. 

  8. [i]I am very sorry to hear of Edna’s passing.. She was my grandfather’s niece and I only knew her when I was a kid but she was so nice to me and my brother and sister back then..  I didn’t realize she was still with us.. Wish I had know.. She could have answered many question I have about our family.. Also didn’t know Caroline had passed.. R.I.P my two cousins..   [/i]

  9. As a high school student in the 50’s looking for a way to skip church service, I volunteered to help out in the Nursery at Grace Church. The teacher, Mrs. Goodman to me, was one of the nicest people I ever met. She was wonderful with the kids and loved them all. Some 50 years later I found myself back in the North Attlebor o area at a function where she recognized me and we spoke. Truly a thrill for me.

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