Louisa Gonzales, age 89, passed away Monday, August 27, 2007 at Mainland Center Hospital. She was born on June 20, 1918 in Galveston, Texas.
J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home
Louisa worked many years at American National as a secretary she developed the first women’s workers union and then later became a Supervisor for American National. She was not only a volunteer at the voters’ registration polls for many years she also did volunteer work for many other organizations. She was a member of the G.I. Form. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters and a LULAC member. Louisa was always there to help those in need. Louisa took early retirement to give loving care to her Mother and Father.
She had a passion for traveling and when she described her experience it made you feel as though you were there. She visited several foreign countries like Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Egypt, Spain, England, France, Germany, Italy and the Holy Land, but her greatest memory was seeing the Pope at the Vatican. She took pride in her sewing skills, tatting and other handwork, but yet was modest about it. She did the work of a professional seamstress. She was fond of poetry and even in her later years could recite lengthy poems from memory. She loved Spanish music, especially the song “Tangos”. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents Teodoro and Luisa Santana de Gonzales; brothers and sisters Felix Gonzales, Trini G. Ochoa, Teodora Gonzales, Jr, Joe M. Gonzales, Erlinda G. Valencia; nephews Jose Cruz Soto and Ramon Valencia.
She is survived by her sister Frances Gonzales Luciano and her husband Victor of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico; cousin Bernabe S. Reyna and his wife Alicia of Moreno Valley, California; niece Frances Luciano Gilder and husband James and their daughter, great niece Frances Louise Gilder of Texas City, Texas; and numerous other nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. with a Rosary to begin at 6:30 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Father John Paul Flajole officiating. Interment will follow at Old Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.
Pallbearers will be James D. Gilder, Jr., Robert Valencia, Daniel Gilder, Joe David Gonzales, Daniel Gonzales and Joe Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Gilder, Joshua Gilder, Ernie Sanchez, Bill Hensley, Ralph Valencia, Abelardo Ramos and Joe Solis.
“From the Gilder-Luciano Family”
I, Frances Gilder want to take this opportunity to especially thank my beloved Sister Dr. Lena R. Bruce, including her staff, for giving all their love, care, prayers and support and going beyond the call of duty to take care of my Aunt Louisa and my family. A special thank you to Catherine Clark for assisting us with the food and refreshments for the dinner following the services.
We would also like to give a special thanks to our wonderful and caring friends, Delores Blair and Mary Medina and her husband Domingo and our other special caring and supporting friends.
We would like to thank “Living Faith Academy”, Dylis Mulder, Lorena Garza, Pastors John and Jeana Gilligan, Carol Searle and everyone who has supported our daughter, Frances Louise and her family with loving care and prayers.
Our family would like to thank the fourth floor nursing staff at Mainland Center Hospital for giving Louisa compassionate care.