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GONZALES, ROSE August 30th, 1925 to October 31st, 2012 Rosie E. Gonzales of San Diego, California, passed away peacefully on October 31st, 2012, after years of struggling with a lung disease. She was born Rosa Esther Mendoza, in Calexico Ca. on August 30th, 1925 to Rafael and Rosa Mendoza. Rosie's family, including one sister and seven brothers, then moved to Fresno, CA, where her family established roots and she spent most of her youth. After high school, she traveled to San Francisco to earn her Dental Assistant degree. It was in Fresno where she met and married Cayetano "Guy" Andrade Gonzales, her husband of 62 years. They moved to San Diego in 1950 and started a family and a successful business. In the 1970s, Rosie and Cayetano owned and operated one of the first authentic Indian turquoise and silver jewelry stores in Old Town San Diego called Mi Rosita. Becoming specialists in authentic native Indian jewelry, they would travel throughout the Southwest buying directly from the Zuni and Navajo tribes. In retirement, Rosie and Cayetano broadened their travels to include the major site-seeing attractions in other regions of the U.S.. Dancing was her passion. There were times when you would catch them dancing at the Don Diego VFW or the Eagles Club up to three times a week. They were members of the Eagles Club in San Diego and National City and would attend, daily, the church lunches at St. Jude's Catholic Church. In addition to her husband, Cayetano, she is survived by her two sons, Guy Gonzales (Lynette) of San Diego and Ralph Gonzales (Gloria) of Whittier. Also, her seven grandchildren; Ralph "Rico" Gonzales, Cayetano "Donnie" Gonzales, Yvette Fuentes, Desiree Gonzales, Breanna Gonzales, Andrea Gonzales, and Sara Gonzales, her three great-grandchildren; Justina Gonzales, Ralph Gonzales III and Isaac Fuentes, and her brothers; Albert, Henry and Adolph Mendoza and sister Jean Lopez. Services will be in San Diego at St. Jude's Catholic Church on December 7th at 10 a.m.

Published in U-T San Diego on Dec. 2, 2012
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