June 28, 1959 ~ December 30, 2011
Alexandra Cleary Gonsalves, 52, protected others from carcinogens and toxic substances. Although unable to win her personal battle with cancer, Alexandra's work at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division will spare others a similar fate. Over the last twenty years she played a key role in the development and implementation of one of the nation's best hazardous site cleanup programs, helping and inspiring many people along the way. Her commitment and success in protecting the environment and people's health remain her legacy. Alexandra Yolanda Cleary, Gonsalves, passed away on Dec. 30, 2011, in Duluth, GA Alexandra was born June 28, 1959 in Winchester, MA. She graduated from Winchester High, attended Agnes Scott College, earned two degrees from Georgia Tech: an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering; and, her Masters in Environmental Engineering. She worked for Millipore, Koch Systems, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division where her contribution to the welfare of the citizens of Georgia is notably mentioned above. She lived in Duluth GA, and is survived by her husband, William Cleary; her sons Connor and Ian; her mother, Katherine Vetromile Keefe of Winchester MA; her father, John Gonsalves of Sao Paulo, Brazil; her brother, Christopher Gonsalves of Winchester, MA, and paternal half-sister Heather Cauthorne of Clintwood, VA. Family & friends may visit Saturday, Jan. 7, 1:00-3:00 PM, Wages & Son Funeral Home. Also, a memorial mass followed by a reception at the church hall on Jan 21, 10:00 AM, St. Eulalia's Church, 50 Ridge St., Winchester, MA Alex was a long time supporter of programs for children with Autism. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Autism Association. Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com.