MSgt. Manuel Gonzales, U.S. Army (Retired)|
December 18, 1930 ~ July 31, 2012
SEASIDE - Manuel "Manny" Gonzales was called to eternal life on July 31, 2012 while surrounded by his loving family. Manuel and his twin brother, Jerry, were born on December 18, 1930 in Lemon Grove, CA to Juan and Cruz Gonzalez.
Manuel enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948. After training at Ft. Ord, CA, he was deployed to Linz, Austria where he met and married his wife of 62 years, Hermine (Helen). During his 27-year military career, Manuel served tours in Austria, Kansas, Korea, Germany, Arizona and Vietnam. As a result of his valiant combat service he was awarded the prestigious Bronze Star with "V" for Valor and the Purple Heart. He retired from military service in 1975 and brought his family to Seaside, CA.
Manuel continued his education and in 1980 was awarded the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University.
Manuel was actively involved in civic matters in the City of Seaside. He was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Parish and donated countless hours of service to the church and church community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus (4th degree) and former Grand Knight.
Manuel was preceded in death by his son, Allen (1957), and his parents, Juan and Cruz Gonzalez; his sisters, Julia, Artemisa (Micha), and Sophia (Minnie); his brothers, Art, Frank, Jess, John, Louie, and twin, Jerry. He is survived by his loving wife, Hermine (Helen); daughters, Gloria Rauber (Edward), Hellen Stevens (Jerry) and Victoria Sanders; sons, Manuel, Jr. (Ana) and Enrico (Monica); grandsons, Christopher (Jennifer), Aaron, Eric, Alex, Kevin, Joshua, Nick, Allen, J.D., and Christian; and two great grandchildren, Ryan and Lauren.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 4:00-8:00PM at Bayside Community Mortuary in Seaside with Rosary recited at 7:00PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00AM at St. Francis Xavier Church, Seaside followed by interment with full military honors at San Carlos Cemetery in Monterey.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Francis Xavier Parish Restoration Fund.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Aug. 8, 2012