Laura Couza, 83, Was Native of West Tisbury

Laura Couza, 83, of Essex Court in Edgartown died on August 24 at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oak Bluffs. She was the wife of the late Donald Couza.

Born in West Tisbury on Sept. 25, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Maciel DeCosta. She was brought up on the Vineyard and later lived as an adult in Florida for 18 years before returning to life on the Island.

She had been employed as a nursing assistant and had been the owner and operator of a laundry business.

Mrs. Couza was a communicant of St. Elizabeth's Church in Edgartown, where she often organized bingo events. She enjoyed cooking and sewing.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and interment are private.

Arrangements are by the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home in North Attleboro.