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Eleanora Virginia (Fiorio) Goolkasian, 96, of Newtonville, passed peacefully in her home on March 21, 2022.


Eleanora was born in Framingham to the late Anna (Montressor) and Luigi Fiorio on May 4, 1925. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 1944, working in the Capitol Building for the Navy to help out the war effort as a secretary and also as a performer for the USO.


She was the loving wife of the late Gerald M. Goolkasian (married 71 years), and a dedicated mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and neighbor. She moved to Newton in 1955, where she raised 7 children. Despite the clamor of her own and the neighborhood children’s playful antics, music and poetry always sprung from her voice and heart. She was the soloist for the choir in the Boston Opera Company, as well as for many area church choirs and local choral groups. Her great passion was to share her talents and love of music with others. Eleanora loved to read and write poetry.


A common theme in her poems reflected her buoyant spirit; extracting joy even from life’s many challenges. “A lovely rose catches my eye. A majestic bird soars on high....All that we now enjoy and idealize, are but a preview of our lives in paradise.” E. V. Goolkasian.


Eleanora will be lovingly remembered by her children: Ann & Tom O’Donnell, Eleanora & Enrique Lugo, the late Gerald Jr. & Amy (Galehouse) Goolkasian, Virginia Goolkasian, Marjorie & Andrew Masse, Barbara & John Keane, and David & Heather (Morgan) Goolkasian. She will continue to be honored and loved by her grandchildren: Carly, Alexis, Jasmine, Olivia, Max, Gillian, Shaun, Sydney, Mercedes, and Gabriel, and her nieces Luanne Lombardo and Jean Burke.


Services will be held on Monday, March 28th at Our Lady’s Church, 573 Washington St. Newton; 9:30AM wake and 10:30AM Funeral Mass. Donations may be made to either the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network @ or the Multiple Myeloma Foundation @