Nita N. Gonzalez|
Nov 13, 2012
Resident of Watsonville, CA
Nita Gonzalez, who passed away November 13, 2012, is being remembered as an independent and loving woman, caring mother and grandmother, a generous and loyal friend, and a concerned and committed member of her community.
Born in Malvern, Arkansas, Nita grew up under the loving care of nine Aunts and one Uncle until she moved to California and joined the Navy during WWII. She made California her home, first in the Los Angeles area, later in Silicon Valley and for the past thirty years in Santa Cruz County. She is survived by daughter Bettina Kruzel, son Pablo Gonzalez, grandsons Ernesto, Pablo, Santos, and Jesse, and granddaughter Reina. She was predeceased by daughter Nita Gonzalez.
Nita raised her family of three children while pursuing a successful career as a human resources executive in the aerospace and high tech industries first in Los Angeles and later in Silicon Valley. After moving to Santa Cruz County, Nita embarked on a career in real estate sales and property management, serving as an agent with several firms in the area. She moved to Watsonville in 1986 and was affiliated with the firm of Hall Kane Palmtag up until her death.
Nita was a tenacious and independent-minded woman with a strong sense of right and wrong who backed many causes, including women's rights, military veterans, the environment and local government. She served on the Watsonville Planning Commission and lent her vocal and financial support to many candidates for public office. She served on the Santa Cruz County Grand jury. Nita was a passionate supporter and volunteer for the Elkhorn Slough Foundation in Watsonville. She was a member of the Elks Lodge BPOE 1300 in Watsonville. She was a long time officer of her condominium association.
Nita was adventurous and loved trying new things. Memories of Nita include her love to laugh and infectious sense of humor, her concern for people as individuals, a willingness to listen to opposing points of view without abandoning her own. She will be remembered for her pride in her children and grandchildren, and a love to live and share life's triumphs and hardships of others, as if they were her own.
Memorials may be made in Nita's name to Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 950076.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Nov. 20, 2012