Veronica Patricia Gonzalez 68, joined our Lord in His heavenly kingdom on Thursday, February 4th , 2021.
Veronica Patricia Gonzalez was born in Laredo Texas on November 17th 1952 to Jesus M Sanchez “Chuy” and Graciela Gobea Sanchez. Veronica grew up in Laredo with her older sister Venola DeBonis and younger brother Jesus Sanchez Jr. She attended Mary Help of Christians, St Peter’s Elementary, and Christian Middle School until she attended Martin High School in 1966. During her high school years, Veronica was a talented dancer, in the Martin High School Pep Squad , voted Most Popular, Most Beautiful and Homecoming queen among many other awards and accomplishments. Veronica met her lifelong partner and soulmate Eduardo Gonzalez in 1964 fell in love and were happily married in 1972. Following her high school graduation in 1970 Veronica enrolled in Laredo Junior College and graduated from Laredo State University in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. It was at this time that she embarked on her dream of being a lifelong committed educator and mentor to hundreds of students within our community. Veronica gave birth to three daughters, Monica Yvette Gonzalez, Zelina Michelle Ferguson and Joanna Astrid Gonzalez she always referred to her daughters as her “pride and joy”. The nickname given to her by her daughters was “Mother-Lu “ and she would always tell the three of them that she “loved them to the moon and back!” He endless love for her husband and daughters was immeasurable as she was the pillar of strength for the entire family. Veronica was a very proud ,loving , nurturing grandmother to her wonderful 6 grandchildren , Armani Yasmine Reyes, Josue Eduardo Reyes, Zoey Lee Ferguson Bruce William Ferguson, Shelby Grace Ferguson and Ava Joy Ferguson. Veronica truly loved being a grandma and looked forward to the family holidays and celebrations where she would often play games, make goody gift bags for them while the house would be filled with laughter, love and happiness brought in by her grandchildren. These cherished moments are some of the most memorable times her grandchildren have and enjoy reflecting upon. Veronica’s successful career in education spanned for over 28 years where she had numerous accomplishments awards and recognitions she retired in May31st 2010 . Veronica was a talented educator and one of her many accomplishments included the implementation of the 1st dance team and cheerleading team at several of the schools she taught at including Newman elementary School, Clark Middle School, and Trautmann Middle School . She was not only an excellent English/Language Arts/ESL/ Gifted and Talented Teacher she was also very much involved in UIL and Alethea, she spent much of her time leading her students to victories and won many awards for her cheerleading and dance teams. Veronica was ‘’Teacher of the Year” on numerous occasions at the schools where she taught and received several scholarships for her students due to her diligent efforts and dedication from Walmart the Bell Award and Golden Apple just to name a few. Veronica was a role model to all of her students and positively influenced each and every one of them. She was always very proud to run into one of her students while she was out and about and loved to stop and chat with them . In every classroom that she had though out her career she displayed the collection of hundreds of class photos she received from them , as her students moved on they would often come back to visit “Mrs G” as they called her and reminisce all the memories displayed on that wall. Veronica was also the Co-Founder of Ed’s Trophies, established in 1985, and has been a very successful ,well-known small business for over 30 years. Ed’s Trophies has been an integral part of the Laredo Community. Veronica was a devout Catholic and a committed member of the Holy Redeemer Church where she participated in fundraisers and charity events . Veronica was a member of the Rotary Club, the Laredo Retired Teachers Association. Veronica enjoyed her retirement and tended to her beautiful garden where she had built several ponds for her 4 turtles and enjoyed feeding them strawberries. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family outdoors and loved a good BBQ during the football Season she was a very committed Dallas Cowboy Fan and never missed a game in over 20 years. Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband , Eduardo Gonzalez, her three daughters Monica (Josue) Reyes , Zelina (Joey) Ferguson and Joanna Gonzalez, her 6 grandchildren Armani, Eddie, Zoey, Bruce, Shelby and Ava, her Sister Venola , Bother in-law Vince , Brother Jesus , sister in law Alica, her numerous nieces and nephews, Jessica Castillo, “Jesus Pott” Sanchez, Chris Debonis and Victor DeBonis.
Her Father Late Jesus M Sanchez and Mother Late Graciela Gobea Sanchez precede Veronica Gonzalez in death.
The Family will be receiving condolences Tuesday, February 9, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. at the Hillside Funeral Home located at 310 Hillside road Laredo Texas 78041. Rosary will commence at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning February 10, 2021, departing at 10:30 a.m. from Hillside Funeral Home to Holy Redeemer Church for mass at 11:00 am.
Rite of Committal and Interment will follow to the City of Laredo Cemetery Veterans Section.
Pallbearers are Josue Reyes, Joey Ferguson, Josue Eduardo Reyes, Bruce William Ferguson, Jesus Sanchez Jr. and Vincent Debonis.
The family would also like to thank Ricardo G. Cigarroa and all the brave hardworking talented Nursing medical staff at Laredo Medical Center.
In accordance with the city ordinance, the number of visitors will be limited. Please continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and honor the family from a distance. You may express your condolences to the family on our website at www.hillsidefuneral.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Road.