Janice Furtado unexpectedly passed away after a short illness April 13, 2012, just four days before her 32nd birthday. Her family was by her side. Janice is survived by her three sisters, Amy Furtado, Tory Furtado and Zoe Furtado, to whom she was an inspiration; her father, Russell Furtado; her mother, Elaine Mello; her stepfather, James Mello; her fiance, Matt Goodwin; and her countless relatives and friends. She was a hero to our country. In her short 32 years, Janice achieved more than most people do in eight decades. A combat veteran who served for eight years in the U.S. Air Force, she was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Campaign Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. She served actively in the Middle East and Asia and was redeployed for tsunami relief in Thailand. After her honorable discharge, she stayed connected to her brothers and sisters in arms. She worked as a readjustment counselor for the Veterans Administration. Janice worked diligently to earn her master's degree in Mental Heath Counseling from Springfield College Boston Campus. She moved forward and nearly completed her Doctorate in Psychology focusing on PTSD counseling for returning veterans. She was also a certified yoga instructor. Janice was many things to many people. Her accomplishments and life journey demonstrate how she was simultaneously down-to-earth and philosophical, playful and serious. Above all, she was committed to her family. She, her sisters, and her mother were a collective force of nature; loving to sing, dance, and celebrate together at any occasion. The bond these women share is truly unique. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. The Mass of Christian burial was held April 23, at Corpus Christi Church, 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich. Burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Arrangements by the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A, in Sandwich. Gifts in her memory can be made to, Train Vets to Treat Vets, of which she was a founding member, c/o Nicholas A. Covino, PsyD, President at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 221 Rivermoor St., Boston, MA 02132.
Published in Wareham Courier from Apr. 19 to Apr. 26, 2012