We are heartbroken to announce the death of Gelmires “Jill” Afriat, 76, who left this world suddenly on March 25, 2023. She joined her parents and 2 brothers to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in heaven. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Left to cherish her memories are her husband of 53 years, Nathaly Afriat, her three children: Charles Afriat, Frederic Afriat, and Huguette Afriat Groce, and her granddaughter Chloe Afriat. She will also be lovingly remembered by her surviving siblings: Gilvanette Mentzer, Izabel Keeshen, Gilvan Machado do Nascimento, Janet Nunes Thome, Gerson Machado do Nascimento, and Mitzi Machado Nascimento Menezes.
She was born to Jose and Maria Machado do Nascimento on January 28,1947 in Brazil. She was the oldest of 9 children. She had an adventurous spirit with a kindness and beauty that radiated from within. A few years after she met and married her husband Nathaly, they moved to the United States of America. Together, they opened a jewelry store where Nathaly designed and created beautiful jewelry and Gelmires operated the business successfully for over 30 years.
Gelmires was loved by all including her family, neighbors, and friends. She enjoyed entertaining and hosting dinner parties with delicious meals and lively conversations. She loved to laugh; she brightened every room she entered with her presence. Her adventurous spirit led her on many road trips, cruises, and travels around the world with her husband and children, who shared her love for adventure. She was always packed and ready to go anywhere at anytime. She was not only a dedicated wife and mother, but she was our shining light and best friend. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at her private residence with close family and friends.
Family and friends may sign the guest register or leave a condolence message by visiting www.baldwincremation.com.
Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society is honored to serve the Afriat family during this difficult time.
Thank you for sending the Crane. Love you always.
Mom, you will never be forgotten
With much much love,
Gelmires with sisters and our mother
Our mother and four sisters: Gelmires,
Gilvanete, Janete and Mitsi.
Mother and Gelmires are gone, but they will live forever in our hearts. I love you.
My Beautiful Mother and I at a Show.
When you left you took with you a huge piece of my heart, there is not a minute that goes by that i dont think about you, your smile, your laugh, your words of encouragement, and advice. I miss our morning phone calls when im checking on you and dad. Mom you are such an amazing woman who wore so many hats. The devotion and dedication to us all, your Family, will always be cherished and missed, i miss you so much and will always love you with all thats left of my broken heart.
Love You Mom Always and Forever
PS: we will all see you again one day Mom, ill never stop searching the sky for you.
Mom's Birthday Celebration in January 2023 with special visitors, her sister Iza and brother Gilvan.