New England’s First Indian-American Event Planner Nalini Goyal Passes Away at 67

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WORCESTER, MA–Nalini Goyal, remembered fondly by many for her several different roles in the community, passed away peacefully at home on June 14, 2021, surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren. She was 67, and founder of New England’s first Indian-American event planning company.

She is survived by her husband, Arvind, son Siddhartha, daughter Vandana and her husband, Sumeet, and grandchildren, Samar and Siena.

Most people know her for her many community activities including her early endeavor as a event planner with her Nalini’s Creations company, her work at India Society of Worcester (ISW) as one of the founders of the Cultural and Language School and later her tireless work supporting women who have suffered through domestic violence.

Daughter of Jaswant Singh Sanghi and Sumitra Sanghi, she grew up in Jaipur along with her 3 beloved sisters, a caring younger brother, and host of extended family. Her dramatic flair and vivacious personality gave her the family nickname ‘Bubble’ for life. She was extremely fortunate to find her soulmate in Arvind Goyal, with whom she built a mutually loving and respectful lifelong partnership. They moved to the US from Bombay, first to Michigan then Rochester before finally settling in Massachusetts which they considered their forever home.

Living in the United States shaped the way she thought and gave her the freedom to develop her identity and realize her true potential. This was realized in her many accomplishments, earning the distinction of valedictorian of her class at Becker Junior College, the founding of the ISW Cultural School, her entrepreneurial venture of Nalini’s Creations, her support of Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence as Gala committee chair, as an Advocate for the Domestic Violence Services Network and finally to her true calling at Gifts of Hope Unlimited, where her empathy for victims of domestic violence intersected with her entrepreneurial and creative talents, and her unique ability to bring people together. By far, her biggest accomplishment is the web of love she wove across the world.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 19th at 11 am at the ISW India Center, 152 Main St. Shrewsbury. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Nalini’s honor may be made to Gifts of Hope Unlimited at www.giftsofhopeunlimited.org

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