Hema Gita Dandgodara, O.D.
November 8, 1971 - July 7, 2019

Hema Gita Dandgodara, O.D.

Hema Gita Dandgodara, O.D.
Nov 8, 1971 - Jul 7, 2019

Hema Gita Dandgodara, O.D.
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Gita was born in Nairobi, Kenya, to Dr. Sukhinder and Vidyotma Joshi, their first-born child. At the age of two, her family moved to White Plains, NY, where she spent her early childhood. From there, her family moved to Sanford, FL, in 1977, where her father established a medical practice, which continues to this day. Gita, the eldest, was then followed by Rajan, Sunir, and Kavita. Gita earned a Bachelor's degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, and then earned a Doctorate of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. While in Optometry school, she met Parthiv Dangodara, whom she married in 1997. They have two beautiful children, Karishma (19) and Amar (16), and a golden retriever named Monty. Gita and her family have been residing in the South Florida area where Gita has been successfully practicing as an optometrist.
Gita's motto for life has always been carpe diem. She lived each day to the fullest, with happiness and intention, showering those around her with unconditional love and kindness. Her smile had a way of warming your heart, and her constant jokes and silliness always put you in a jovial mood. There was nothing she loved more than to have her friends and family laughing alongside of her. She was kind, generous, and gentle, and always the life of the party - she never wanted the party to end.
Gita was a runner, a tennis player, a swimmer, and a budding pianist and skier. She was an avid practitioner of yoga and loved to read about health and spirituality. She loved traveling with her family and friends, which became a source of inspiration for her to study archeology, history, and different cultures. Of all her travels, she loved visiting Tuscany and Santorini the most.
She was a shining light in the lives of all who knew her or had an opportunity to spend time with her. She saw the best in everyone and made each one of us the best version of ourselves. She perfectly played the role of daughter, wife, mother, aunt, sister, and friend. She made everyone feel like they were the most important person in her life, her best friend, and confidant. Those who knew her will remember and celebrate her positive, lasting impact she had on this world. We will remember and hold onto her smile and the sound of her laughter. Her light will continue to shine bright in Parthiv, Karishma, Amar, her parents, siblings, extended family and friends.

God, please give us all the strength for the journey we are about to embark.

Give us positive energy to help our mind, body, and souls to heal.

Give us patience and understanding to cope and process these new changes.

Provide us with the utmost care with the best doctors, caretakers and decision makers.

May our collective love and energy continue to unite us and help battle this illness together.

- Written by Gita

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Dianne Orofino on Jul 19, 2019

Gita was a kind caring person. Although I only knew her in a Dr./ Patient relationship she always made me feel that I was more than that. I truly loved her and was so sorry to hear the news today when I went to Costco. I am saddened for her family. She loved and adored them so much. May they all find a way to survive this tagedy in a very short time.

Amrit Hans on Jul 18, 2019

Please know this is from my heart. I had the honor and privilege of having Gita in my life from the time we were kids to our ever day dreaming teens, and growing as two people who were not related were as close as 2 sisters could become. Gita was the sister I never had but always wanted. When we were in our teenage years, Gita always wanted to move down south and envisioned her life the way she wanted, a husband whom she loved, her children who were her life and a successful career. Our fondest Conversations ran so deep also with wonderment of what the future would hold and all the places we wanted to travel, while listening to classical music, whether in her first Volvo or on the floor in her room.She had achieved her dreams to travel, her success in her career and created a family of her own that I can only imagine how much she loved and cherished. Gita was always a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. She was so sincere and loving. She accomplished whatever she envisioned. Gita, you checked off all the boxes to live your life to the fullest and for that we should all take a lesson from you. You may have left us physically, but your footprints of love will always remain. Gita, Thank you for giving me the vision to dream, a prayer to hope and a footprint to remind me of your love as a friend and the sister I never had. I’m still cheering you on my sister. I know you are watching everyone from above and creating the magic that you made down here, up above. God, you are lucky to have Gita, please take care of her and please comfort her family and give them the strength and courage to endure this difficult time. To Aunty, Uncle, Rajan, Sunir, Kavita and your families, I know you all have a great support system and people that love and cherish you. Please know if you need anything at all, I’m here. My prayers and heart are with you during this difficult time. She was the definition of unconditional love and Carpe Diem. I’m so so so sorry for everyone’s loss. However, we must remind ourselves that the love she gave is still the love she is giving in more ways than one. May peace be with you during this difficult time of sadness, need, hugs(which she was always capable of!)and love. God bless everyone during this difficult time.

THERESA NADASSY on Jul 16, 2019

My husband and I have been patients of Dr Dandgodara for many years and are deeply saddened by the news of her death. I am a pianist and a mother so my annual visits were spent sharing stories. She was a gifted doctor who radiated warmth and caring. She seemed so incredibly proud of her family and I send you all our most sincere condolences. Theresa and Ken Nadassy

Joe Scotto on Jul 16, 2019

Today I learned of the Doctors passing when I was trying to schedule an appointment. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. I read her obituary and she was a happy and positive lady. I will miss her. Joe

jaime santeramo on Jul 14, 2019

I was shocked and saddened to hear this sad news. I have such fond memories of Gita during our time together in optometry school. She was truly a beautiful ray of light—always smiling and full of kindness to all. My deepest condolences to her family.
Jaime Santeramo

Rammi Soni on Jul 13, 2019

This is very shocking and sad. Gita you left us too soon. Our heartfelt condolences to the whole family. May God give them all strength to go through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with family. Rest In Peace dear.
Arvind Rammi Shaleen and Lina Soni

Irving on Jul 12, 2019

I had the honor of working with Gita for many years. Gita gave love and sunshine every day. Her laughter was great and service to people impeccable.

MIchael Newman on Jul 12, 2019

I started doing fill-in work for Gita 14 years ago. I had actually never met her until about a year after I had started, when one day I was told I had a last minute patient waiting for me in the exam room, and when I went it to start the exam, I heard laughter erupting outside. And of course my patient started laughing also. It was Gita, playing a little joke on me. I still think of that day, and it always brings a smile to my face. During the past three years, I got to work along side Gita on Saturdays, and I got to know her even better. Her patients loved her and were always loyal telling how much they liked going to see her. I always enjoyed talking with her about work and family. I will truly miss those Saturdays. May God give the family strength. May you rest in peace. You will be missed.

Michael Newman

Suzanne Newman on Jul 12, 2019

She was my doctor for many years. She was kind, respectful & very knowledgable. I will miss her. May her memory always be for a blessing.

Udita and Ravi Jahagirdar on Jul 11, 2019

We saw Gita blossom from her fun filled childhood into a beautiful and kind young lady. We are numbed by her loss, and will miss her forever. We pray for her departed soul. .. Udita and Ravi Jahagirdar

Alyssa Coutts on Jul 10, 2019

May your beautiful soul Rest In Peace. Your internal beauty and light radiated out and touched the lives of all those lucky enough to know you. That light is still reflected in your family and all the lives you touched. Your memory will always shine and live on. Thank you for your guidance, your generosity, your kindness and your friendship. It hurts that I won’t be able to meet you for lunch or catch up on Costco and life, or that I can’t see your beautiful smile or hear your voice, but I know that love is stronger than sorrow. You helped shape me into the person I am today and I’ll hold you in my heart forever.

Love forever,

Paresh & pinkoo on Jul 10, 2019

Our deepest condolences on your loss.. keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May god give u strength at this very difficult time.

Marilyn Berkoer on Jul 10, 2019

Dr D. Was just a warm, friendly wonderful person. She was a great caring doctor , always taking an interest in your eyes and you as a person. Taken too young. She will be missed. May her memory be a blessing.

Bernadette Paris on Jul 10, 2019

Gita, the sweetest, beautiful person taken too soon. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing you, working with you or being your patient will miss you immensely. Thank you for touching our lives.

Dianne Messer on Jul 10, 2019

Gita, it was an honour working with you. Your kind soul and smile brought warmth to all who new you. Always in our hearts. Jeff & Dianne Messer

Dale Gates on Jul 10, 2019

I'm in shock as I write this. Dr. Dangodara helped to save my eyesight twice by referring me to retina specialists. She was a kind, compassionate person who took the time to explain things in detail to a lay person like myself. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all her associates. She will truly be missed by all. May God bless. Dale Gates

Karen Sitero on Jul 9, 2019

CandleI had the honor to watch Gita with the many people she came in contact with. She was kind and compassionate. Such a beautiful person to be around. She will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.



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