Barbara Godinho


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home
43 Winn Street
Burlington, Massachusetts, United States

Funeral Mass

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, February 1, 2019
St. Margaret's Church
111 Winn St.
Burlington, Massachusetts, United States


11:15 am
Friday, February 1, 2019
Pine Haven Cemetery
Bedford Street
Burlington, Massachusetts, United States

Obituary of Barbara Joyce Godinho

Barbara Joyce Godinho, passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside on Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2019.  She was 74 years old. Barbara was born in Arlington, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Vincent and Lucille Sansone.  She grew up in Watertown and moved to Winchester as a young girl, where she went on to graduate from Winchester High School.  While attending a High School CYO Convention, she met her future husband, Richard Godinho. They dated while he was in the Navy and once he returned from service they got married in 1967.  As Newlyweds, they lived in Medford before moving to Woburn where they started their family. They had two daughters Laura and Debra. In 1976, they moved to Burlington. As a young wife and mother, Barbara worked as a bookkeeper for her family’s business, Bedford Coat & Suit in Boston.

Barbara was devoted to her family and had an extremely close bond with her parents, especially her mother. They were constant companions, sharing time together shopping, going to out to eat or chatting around the family table.  She loved spending time with her siblings, nieces, and nephews enjoying sharing holidays, family celebrations, and summer vacations together.  A loving wife to Richard for 51 years, they’d been together since they were teenagers. His tireless devotion to her was admirable and their bond was inseparable. While she managed the home and their children, Richard worked as a Local 7 Union Iron Worker.  She enjoyed shopping for household decorations, knick-knacks, and clothing at her favorite store, Marshalls.  She had a green thumb planting trees and flowers around her yard.  Barbara was very creative. She made rock gardens, enjoyed painting, and carving wood designs. She was always enjoyed making arts and crafts with her girls. She supporting her daughters as they took ice skating and dancing lessons. She loved spending summers at her vacation home on Lake Winnipesaukee, walking to the beach, visiting the Weirs’ arcades, at going to the Kellerhaus, and being with her family.  Barbara enjoyed time around her pool with family and her children’s neighborhood friends.

Barbara was an amazing cook, a trait she learned from her mother. She would fill her home with homemade meals and delight family with her meatballs, sauce, eggplant, ricotta cheese pie, and pizzagaina.  As her daughters finished high school, went to college, married and had children, Barbara loved being Nana to Rachad, Livy, and Ryan. She lived a wonderful life with her family at the center of her universe. The past few years she has had many health challenges. Her family has always been there to provide love, support, and comfort.

Barbara was the beloved wife of 51 years to Richard Godinho. She was the loving mother to Laura Godinho of Burlington and Debra Moreschi & her husband Robert of Peabody. She was the sister of Carole Cote of Mooresville, NC, Robert Sansone of Melrose, and Richard Sansone of Milford, NH. She was the proud Nana of Rachad Mesnaoui, Olivia and Ryan Moreschi. Barbara was a beloved Sister In-Law to large extended family. She was a loving Aunt to numerous Nieces and Nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington (exit 34 off Rt. 128/95, Woburn side) on Thursday, January 31 from 4-8 p.m. Funeral from the Sullivan Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Barbara’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or For directions, obituary and online guestbook see or

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