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April 28, 1993 – Monday, May 7, 2012

Service Information
Tiospa Zina Tribal School/Old Agency Village, S.D.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
2:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
The Community Center in Old Agency Village, S.D.
Thurs. & Friday 5/10 5/11
beginning at 7:00 P.M.

Wakanda Onawa Gonsalves, age 19, of Summit Journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, May 7, 2012 at The Milbank Hospital/Avera Health in Milbank , South Dakota .

She was born on April 28, 1993 on The Travis Air Force Base in California the daughter of Robert “ Leon ” & Lisa Gorsuch Gonsalves.

Wakanda graduated from Enemy Swim Day School in 2008. She achieved student of the month three times in 4th, 6th, and 8th grade. Wakanda was a peer helper in 8th grade and participated in basketball and wrestling.

She applied for many scholarship camps during her summers and was accepted. She attended S.D. Governor’s Camp for five years and in 2010 was requested to become an Ambassador of Excellence. That year she was given the Director’s Award for “WELCOMING HEART”. Operation Purple at Camp St. Croix in Hudson WI also accepted her for four years and Air Force Reserve Teen Leadership Summit in Dahlonega , GA.

While attending Summit High School she participated in basketball and volleyball.

She also attended Chemawa Indian High School in Oregon, she was received the Athletic Award for Varsity Volleyball.

She would have graduated from Tiospa Zina Tribal School with a 3.2 accumulative GPA on 18th of May 2012. She was so proud of her grades, sports and accomplishments.

Since she learned to walk she always loved dancing, she was my Wacipi (powwow) queen.

She touched so many people and really had a big heart. Thank you all for being my daughter’s friend!

Wakanda is survived by her parents Robert “ Leon ” and Lisa Gonsalves, the love of her life Felix Johnson, brothers Angelo Wapi Moreno, Dyami Leon Gonsalves, Kinyanku Reuben Riley Gonsalves and her sister Niya Colleen Gonsalves.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother Colleen Joyce McCoy, great-grandmother Ragna Gorsuch, great-grandfathers Reuben Gorsuch and Horace Riley and her uncles Leroy Wilson and Ernist McCoy.

Funeral services for Wakanda Onawa Gonsalves will be held on Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 P.M. at The Tiospa Zina Tribal School Old Agency Village, South Dakota. Officiating will be Filmore Simon, CLP. Traditional services will be held by Ron, Shayne and Wambdi Cook.

She will be laid to rest at the Goodwill Cemetery in Agency Village South Dakota .

Wake Services will be held Thursday, May 10th beginning at 7:00 P.M. & All night wake will be held on Friday, May 11th beginning at 7:00 P.M. both at the Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.

Special music by Butch Felix. Drum Groups will be “Cook Brothers” and T.Z. Boys

Casket Bearers will be Raymond Hadzis, Lorenzo Burley, Brian Cooper, Felix Johnson, Anthony Gonsalves, Shaun Naranjo and Anthony Aadland.

Honorary Casket Bearers: The Entire cook family, Carina Dumarce, Jasmine Welch, Julia, Bonna, Jahna Perko, Tayln Goodsell, Gabrilla Wanna, Maddie Taylor and Brian Renville.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted , Minnesota served the family. Online condolences may be made to

13 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lacyjay RedWing

    My prayers and thoughts are with your family. I’m sooo sorry this young little angel was taken from her family so fast. You looked so beautiful in your Prom pictures. Absolutely a beautiful, amazing smile!!! May our creator be with you and guide you back to heaven to watch over your family and place your arms around them and hold them during this time of mourning. My condolences to the family 🙁

  2. Tara Correira

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  3. Anne Thibault

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful girl.

  4. jeff Flagg

    Lisa, Leon;
    I feel your hurt and pain. I will be praying for you in the year to come. I will be singing songs your way for her passing to the other side. What a wonderful, crazy, talented daughter, that touched my life here at Chemawa. She really loved her dancing and was very good at it. Take my word as hugs of love, healing comfort and friends always.
    Jeff Flagg

  5. George Arruda

    Dear Leon and Lisa; Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Waka was such a woderful spirit and I know her spirit will live on in evry thing that surrounds you and your family. Always in my prayers.
    Sincerly, George……

  6. Judi McDonald

    I never met you but in the short time you have lived, you’ve accomplished so much. It makes you wonder why God takes the ones who have so much more to accomplish in their lives. My condolences to your family.

  7. Laurie Labarr Beaner

    Lisa and Leon,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Wakanda spending all that time at our house in Summit with Talya. They had so much fun together. Talya is absolutely heartbroken that such a wonderful person is gone. She was a truly special person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Again, I am so sorry.

  8. Debbie Martinez

    Lisa and Leon,
    I wish to express my deepest sorrow for you loss. Wakanda was a very speacial young lady. I enjoyed my time with her at Chemawa in McBride. I, along with you and your family, will truly miss her. If you need someone to chat with do not heistate.

  9. Debbie Martinez

    Lisa and Leon,
    I wish to express my deepest sorrow for your loss. Wakanda was truly a special young lady. I enjoyed my time with her at Chemawa in McBride. I, like you and your family, will truly miss her very much. I am here for you if you need someone to speak with.
    Debbie Martinez

  10. rhonda e. fraser

    One of her staff while she attended Chemawa Indian School. Shat a neat kid. So sorry for your loss!!!

  11. John E. Robinson

    Lisa and Leon; We were saddened to hear of the death of Wakanda and offer our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Her spirit will always be present in you and her brothers and sisters.

  12. diane gonsalves

    Leon & Lisa; my deepest sympathy for the loss of your child. I can’t even imagine what it is like. It is not right, our children are supposed to bury us, not the other way around. So sorry.

  13. Esther and Wayne Joseph

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Wakanda was beautiful and smart; a princess and queen. We will miss her forever. Love to you all.


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