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MARGARET BLUCK GONZALES

MARGARET BLUCK GONZALES Margaret Bluck Gonzales, 81, died on Saturday, October 5th at her home in Santa Fe. A native of Santa Fe, and a graduate of Santa Fe High School, she was born in 1932, the daughter of the late Harry and Margaret Cecilia. She lived her entire life in the same house following her first six months living in a tent on the property while her father built the family home. She is survived by a sister, Rosie Franko of Naples, Florida, a niece, Joann Jacobs, of Bend OR, Loretta Kondas, Patricia Fischer of Naples and many relatives in New Jersey. Mrs. Gonzales was predeceased by her husband, John Gonzales, an army veteran who died in 1986. Her brother, Robert, died in 2013 A retired state employee who worked at the State Capitol Library. Mrs. Gonzales became involved in helping others, first through the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Santa Fe. She then helped feed the hungry in the soup kitchen of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Santa Fe. This was followed by a life-time devotion to Food for Santa Fe, an all volunteer organization whose mission is to provide supplemental food on a regular basis to families needing assistance. As a board member of more than twenty years, her responsibilities were many, especially with the Healthy Snacks for Children Program, whereby children in the vehicles of the drive-thru operation are given two cartons of milk and snacks of applesauce cups, cheese sticks, or boxes of raisins or cereal. A familiar sight at the warehouse, she reigned supreme with compassion and caring, even as her health began to fail and walking became increasingly more difficult. Nevertheless, she commanded great respect from all who knew her because she considered her longstanding service to be an integral part of her life. Mrs. Gonzales represented Food for Santa Fe in the City of Santa Fe's Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), keeping logs for all FFSF volunteers who are also members of the RSVP. In 2004, the President's Council for Service and Civic Participation presented her with the President's Volunteer Service Award in recognition and appreciation for her commitment to strengthening the nation and for making a difference through volunteer service. She credited her humble beginnings living in a tent with bringing her closer to those in need. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Rivera Family Chapel, 417 E. Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM. A funeral mass to celebrate her life will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:00am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1301 Osage Avenue. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 North Guadalupe Street, where she will be interred next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in her name be made to Food for Santa Fe, P.O. Box 31086 Santa Fe, NM 87594. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435 santafefuneraloption.com
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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