Karen M. (Goulart) Canastra, 57, of Fairhaven died March 29, 2021 of ovarian cancer at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was the beloved wife of Kyle T. Canastra, with whom she shared 25 years of marriage.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of Manuel A. and Dolores (Fernandes) Goulart, she was raised in Acushnet before moving to Fairhaven. She was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and Johnson & Wales University.
She was an owner of Century House in Acushnet, known for her warm presence and devotion to the family business. She left a legacy for truly caring for every customer that walked through the doors.
Karen had a passion for spending time with her family and was always so proud of her two daughters. She loved to attend all their school and sporting events and would always talk about their accomplishments. Her kindness and compassion will forever be remembered by those who crossed her path. An infectious smile that would light up a room and a hug that would warm your heart, Karen was a very humble soul that made sure she put others needs in front of her own.
She will be forever loved and missed by so many people.
Survivors include her husband; her parents; 2 daughters, Taylor Marie Canastra of Westbrook, ME and Sierra Rose Canastra of Fairhaven; 2 brothers, Michael Goulart of Fairhaven and Jeffrey Goulart and his wife Debbie of Marion; a sister, Sherri Goulart of Dartmouth; a niece, Kaleigh Goulart; 2 nephews, Chandler Goulart and Maxwell Kane; and several cousins.
She was the aunt of the late Cameron Goulart.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 6th at 11 am in Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 5th from 3-8 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cameron’s Kids, c/o 71 Bullivant Farm Road, Marion, MA 02738 or to BIDMC (in memo section of check, please note gift for Dr. Meagan Shea’s Research Fund) mailed to Catherine Stephens, BIDMC, Office of Development, (OV) 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215. For directions and guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.
Please be advised that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are strict guidelines that must be adhered to for the safety of everyone. You MUST wear a mask to be allowed entry to the services. Please practice social distancing and avoid any close contact. Guests will be permitted to pay their respects and depart to allow the next guests to enter. Capacity at the funeral home will be limited so there could be wait times outside the funeral home.