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Joseph Gonzalez Obituary
Joseph A. 'Pepe' Gonzalez age 82, passed away October 26, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was a native of Gary, IN and a graduate of the University of Illinois. Pepe was a Sears executive for 38 years, including 6 years spent in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He served in the US Army where he was a member of the Army Track Team. Pepe was a track star at Froebel High School in Gary, where he won 9 state titles. He is the only Indiana track athlete to have won two different events (the 100 and 220- yard dashes) three consecutive years. His state meet record for the 220-yard dash set in 1948 lasted 18 years. Pepe also starred at the University of Illinois in Champaign, where he won two Big Ten sprint titles. In 1974, he was elected to the Indiana Track and Field Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his brother, Marcelino Gonzalez, his mentor and fellow state champion sprinter. Pepe is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elaine (nee Garcia) Gonzalez; children, Jay (Lisa Peterson) Gonzalez, Carla (Mike) Pister and Lisa (Andrew) Torre; grandchildren, Jackson, Michael and Lucas. Pepe will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 3:00-9:00 PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel 7535 Taft Street Merrillville, IN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:00AM DIRECTLY at St Stephen, Martyr Catholic Church 5920 Waite Street Merrillville, IN with Rev. Robert Gehring officiating. Viewing at the church at 9:30 AM with Mass to follow. Entombment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Les Turner ALS Foundation (847-679-3311) or to Rainbow Hospice (847-685-9900) For information, call 219-736-5840. www.calumetparkfuneralchapel.com
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Oct. 28, 2013
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