Minerva C. Placencio (1925 - 2013)

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Minerva C. Placencio

Minerva C. Placencio, 87, former Salinas resident, died peacefully in the early morning of Tuesday, January 29, 2013, with family beside her. Born February 8, 1925 and raised in Ajo, AZ, she moved to Richmond with her husband, Frank Gonzalez, during WWII.

Minerva was a "Rosie the Riveter" working in the Richmond Ship Yards. In 1946, she and Frank started a very popular Mexican restaurant in Richmond, Gonzalez Mexican Restaurant. While working and raising a family, she completed high school, went to Nursing School at Contra Costa Community College, and became a head nurse at Richmond Hospital. After her nursing career, Minerva moved to Salinas. She became a Teacher's Assistant in a Special Education Program at Virginia Rocca Barton elementary school, working primarily with Spanish speaking students. She continued this work until age 79. Minerva was an extraordinary person and over the years she touched many lives. She will be remembered for her determination, compassion, and positive outlook on life.

Minerva is survived by six children and their spouses; 17 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service was held in her honor on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the St. Joseph Cemetery in San Pablo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Minerva Placencio Nursing Award, Hartnell College, attention: Jackie Cruz, 411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901-9908. For on-line giving: www.hartnell.edu/foundation

Published in The Salinas Californian from Mar. 1 to Mar. 4, 2013
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