Petra Gonzalez

Petra Cavazos González, beloved wife and mother, passed away on 3/26/14 in San Antonio. She was 82. Was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, México, to Vicente Cavazos and Natividad Silva from whom she inherited immeasurable fortitude, love and an appreciation for life. Adversity followed her often but she proved stronger than it every time. Being 1 of 8 siblings, she was 1 of the 3 to survive past the age of 5. As a child she developed a grave illness that doctors advised had no cure ensuring death was inevitable. Natividad stated to doubting doctors, "¡Dios es más grande! She fed Petra iron-enriched foods to strengthen her blood. Petra healed, was cured, and thrived. She married the most loving husband Rosendo Leál González, immigrated to SA, and had 5 children. Equipped with only a 2nd grade education and abandoning all fear, she and Rosendo opened their business, Apaches Café followed by Los Apaches Café I, Los Apaches Café II, La Ramada, La Superior Tortilla Factory, and other businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. After Rosendo's death in 1977, Petra took over the reins of the businesses with the support of her eldest, Jaime, who was 20 at the time. Along with fortitude, Petra consistently demonstrated love and a joy for life. Her children and grandchildren attest to the fact that she crafted the most clever, comical bedtime stories. While alive, Rosendo sent her mariachi serenades because she LOVED live mariachi! She never refused an invitation to dance. And oh, did she love to sing, especially the classics like, "Amorcito Corazon," by Pedro Infante, or Perez Prado's mambo that goes, "¿Qué le pasa a Lupita?!" She often made thoughtful gestures like sending her children to school with freshly cut roses from her garden for their grade school teachers to demonstrate her appreciation. She took delight witnessing birds build their nests and trade shifts in feeding and caring for their newly hatched chicks, then smilingly comment, "Hasta en los animalitos se ve el cariño de mamá y papá. She demonstrated loyal love consistently especially in the manner in which she chose to honor her love vows to her husband selectively never coupling or remarrying and proudly wearing her wedding ring through her eternity. Petra leaves a legacy of immeasurable fortitude, love and appreciation that her children (Jaime, Blanca Nely, Gerardo, Nora Alicia, and Lupita) and grandchildren (Alisha, Rosendo, Luis and Amber) only hope to emulate. How lucky this world was to have been graced by Petra who gifted it with her realized dreams against all odds, her 5 children, 4 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren! Her living brother Zeferino and living sister Benita bid her safe and holy passage. Consider joining Petra's family to bid her divine passage and to celebrate her life by visiting them at Porter Loring Mortuary on McCullough. WAKE: April 1 at 6pm. ROSARY: April 1 at 7pm. MASS: April 2 at noon at St. Paul's Catholic Church. BURIAL: St. Fernando Cemetery No.2.

Funeral Home

Porter Loring Mortuary
1101 McCullough San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 495-8221

Published in Express-News on Mar. 30, 2014