April 28, 1993 – Monday, May 7, 2012
Tiospa Zina Tribal School/Old Agency Village, S.D.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
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 www.chilsonfuneralhome.com