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Lupe Gonzales

September 28, 1930 -
July 3, 2012

In loving memory of Lupe Gonzales, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. Lupe was born in Boyle Heights, California to Mary and Rosalio Ybarra. She attended Seventh Street Elementary School, Dana Junior High and San Pedro High School, Class of 1949. In 1952, she married her high school sweetheart and the love of her long life, Joe Gonzales. As a devoted Air Force wife, Lupe and Joe traveled the United States where she managed to make each government-issued house a home for her husband and children and the many pets that traveled along. Upon Joe's retirement from the military, Lupe went to work for the Los Angeles Unified School District as a bilingual teacher's aide, assisting second language learners at Barton Hill Elementary, Bandini Street Elementary and finally Banning High School. She was as deeply devoted to her students as she was to her own children. In retirement, Lupe enjoyed going back on the road with Joe in their Bounder motor home to see the rest of this beautiful nation and visit with past military friends and family. Throughout her wonderful life, Lupe was fiercely proud of her Mexican heritage and loved to sing along whenever she heard mariachi music. She also loved bowling, crocheting, reading biographies and even wrote her own life story about her years growing up in the Rambla. She is survived by her sister, Virginia Palacios; children, Virginia (Gary, deceased), David (Nancy) and Susana; grandchildren, Jason, Kristie, Lisa, Maria and Sierra; great-grandchildren and beloved nephew, Richard Slater. Visitation will be Sunday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at McNerney's Mortuary. A funeral Mass will be offered Monday, July 9, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at St. Peters Church. Burial will be at Green Hills Memorial Park. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits and mcnerneysmortuary.com.


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Published in Daily Breeze from July 6 to July 7, 2012
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