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Velma M. Goularte

Velma M. Goularte

Long time Exeter resident, Velma Goularte passed away early Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017 in Lindsay after a long illness at the age of 86. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years Alvin Goularte, son Doug (Joni) Goularte of Visalia, son Mickey (Patty) Goularte of Lindsay and daughter Melanie (Charles) Kelley of Bakersfield. She and Al have five grandchildren: Abi Goularte of Sacramento, Jeremy and Jordon Goularte of Lindsay, Bryce Baker of Paso Robles and Tyson Baker of Bakersfield, Calif.

On May 23, 1931 in Lanare, Calif., Manuel and Maria Leal welcomed their fifth child, Velma, into this world, and she became the darling baby of the family. Velma’s siblings Manuel Leal Jr. of Riverdale, Calif., Irma Souza of Riverdale, Mary Costa of Fresno, Calif. all preceded her in death, and she is survived by her sister, Vera Carriero of Riverdale, Calif.

She attended school in Riverdale where she met and married Al at his brother’s wedding; she was the bride’s friend. They married on Aug. 18, 1954, lived a short while in Berkeley, Calif. and later moved to Fresno. In 1963, Exeter became home to the young family. Velma was a housewife and mother before taking up child care where many young people passed through her home. Later she worked and retired from Exeter Public Schools where she worked at Lincoln School as a teacher’s aide. They sold their home in Exeter in 2001, moving to Oak Tree Estates in Visalia where they made many friends before retiring to the Lindsay countryside where she passed away.

Velma’s viewing will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 at Evans Miller Guinn Chapel in Exeter followed by a Rosary at 6 pm. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 29 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Exeter. There will be a graveside service following the funeral and then a luncheon at Cassandra’s on Pine in Exeter hosted by the family. The family wishes for all her friends and children she cared for to attend and celebrate her life with them. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com. Services entrusted to Evans Miller Guinn Chapel.

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