Cartwright Funeral Homes


BAPTISTA, Joana “Djai” (DaSilva), of Quincy, formerly of Cape Verde, passed away peacefully, after a wonderful life, on January 14, 2023, at the age of 92. Born and raised in Brava, Cape Verde, Djai immigrated to the United States and has lived in Quincy for the past 20 years. She was a seamstress by trade and her family was blessed with her beautiful handmade dresses and drapes for their homes. A devoted mother, sister, grandmother and friend, Djai will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Djai was the loving mother of José daSilva Goncalves, Mimi Goncalves, Jay José DaSilva, Zenaida “Nadine”Correia, Joaquim DaSilva, Rogerio DaSilva, Cipriano DaSilva, and Ildo DaSilva. Cherished “Vovo” to Sabrina, Anthony, Tianna, Jolene, Jonathon, Jayleen, Dylan and Samantha. Also survived by many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, January 20th, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 21st, at 10:00 AM in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Braintree. Burial will follow in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. For directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, visit

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