“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”….. “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Ernest W. Gonzales, Sr. age 68 of Galveston received his reward to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, February 23, 2009 at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, February 27, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston, with Father Niall Nolan, celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont, Galveston, Texas. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Thursday, February 26, 2009 with a rosary to be recited at 6:30 pm.
Ernest was born November 17, 1940 in Galveston, Texas to Santos S. Gonzales, Sr. and Rose Canales Gonzales. He attended Ball High School and was a member of the catholic faith. He was a retired boilermaker and certified welder.
Preceded in death by his father and mother, his brothers, Santos Jr., Larry and Valentino Gonzales, sisters, Adele Vela and Sally Ledesma, he is survived by his wife, Cecilia Ann Gonzales, sons, Ernest W. Gonzales, Jr., Mark A. Gonzales, Christopher T. Gonzales, Robert J. Gonzales, Jimmy Fennell, Johnny R. Fennell, Richard V. Flores, Jr., and David M. Flores; daughters, Cynthia L. Smith, Shirley A. Blanks and Karen E. Villanueva; sisters, Mary Vela, Rosie Bennett, Gloria Gonzales and Patricia Gonzales; 27 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
Pallbearers are his sons. Honorary Pallbearers are his grandsons Daniel D. Smith, Ernest W. Gonzales, lll., Mark A. Gonzales, ll. and nephews Moses Medina, Jr. and
John E. Bennett.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.CarnesBrothers.com/contactus. Please include the Gonzales name.