Linda R. (Tankard) Gonsalves of Wareham died at home on Jan. 8 after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was 59.

She was the daughter of Carrie (Camillo) Tankard and the late George V. Tankard Jr.

Linda was born in Newark, N.J. in 1956, one of six children. The family moved to Oak Bluffs in the late 1960s. Linda graduated from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and married her childhood sweetheart, Wayne P. Gonsalves, in 1980. She attended beauty school in Boston, graduating from Wilford Beauty Academy, and worked for beauty salons in Newton and Somerville. She and Wayne lived in the city for many years before moving to Wareham with their children in 1986. Linda then became a homemaker, dedicating her life to raising her three daughters.

She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother who attended all her daughters’ sporting events. When her girls were older, she returned to employment at Marian Heath Greeting Cards in Wareham as a packer, Benthos in Falmouth as an assembler, and Target in Wareham as a display associate. She was an avid bargain hunter who enjoyed crafting, gardening and traveling. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother to her two grandsons.

She is survived by her husband Wayne of Wareham; her daughters Mia E. Wright of New Milford, N.J., Gina E. Gonsalves of Everett, and Elana M. Gonsalves of Wareham; her mother Carrie (Camillo) Tankard of Oak Bluffs; her brothers George V. Tankard 3rd of Vineyard Haven, Craig Tankard of Vineyard Haven, and Felipe Tankard of Raleigh, N.C.; her sisters Carmen Amadeo of Oak Bluffs and Stephanie Earl of Olathe, Kan.; and grandsons Brayden and Kellen Wright.

Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Church, 56 Franklin street, Vineyard Haven. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Bluffs. There will be no visiting hours.

Donations in Linda’s memory can be made to: Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth, MA, 02360, or; NAACP of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1513, Oak Bluffs, MA, 02557 or; and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA, 02144 or

Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Wareham. For more information and an online guestbook, visit