Paul Salvador Gonzales

Born: Tue., Jan. 15, 1935
Died: Fri., Apr. 5, 2019


Memorial Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Apr. 11, 2019
Location: St. Pius Catholic Church


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On April 5, 2019, our Heavenly Father called his son, Paul Salvador Gonzales of Loganville, GA, home after a full life at the age of 84.  He was surrounded by family when he passed away.

Paul was born in Kanopolis, KS, in 1935. He graduated from Victoria Preparatory School in Victoria, Kansas. He then joined the United States Air Force, serving overseas in England.  While abroad, he was scouted by Major League Baseball before suffering a career ending injury to his pitching arm. Upon returning to the States, Paul married Frances Fernandez. After finishing active duty service, he transitioned to the United States Army Reserves and began a career in the baking industry. During this time, he attended Marymount College in Salina, KS. The baking industry took Paul from Kansas to Michigan and finally to Conyers, GA, where he settled and eventually retired as Bakery Manager for Golden State Foods Corporation. Paul was an avid baseball and softball player, bowler, golfer, coach, and fan.  He continued to play the game of softball until retiring from the game at the age of 75. Paul and his wife Frances were married for 58 years.  He lived his life to serve God, provide for his family, and to help and serve others, especially the under-served.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Pauline Gonzales; his sisters, Mary Moore and Beatrice Rodriguez; and his brothers, John and Stanley, all of Salina, KS.  He is survived by his wife Frances Gonzales of Loganville, GA; his sons and daughters, Salvador Gonzales of Phoenix, AZ, Mike (Wendy) Gonzales of Overland Park, KS, Lupe (Joe) Harding of Conyers, GA, Diana (Mark) Schroeder of Loganville, GA, Steven (Robyn) Gonzales of McDonough, GA, and Christine Gonzales of Loganville, GA; and his thirteen grandchildren in GA, KS, and MO. He is also survived by his brothers, Peter (Susan) and Robert (Cheryl) Gonzales of Grand Rapids, MI, and Joseph Gonzales of Wichita, KS.

In memory of Paul Gonzales, a rosary will be held on Wednesday, April 10th, at 7 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2621 Highway 20 SE, Conyers, GA 30013.

The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11th, at St. Pius X Catholic Church.  Immediately following the Mass, a burial will follow at Honey Creek Woodlands located at 2625 Georgia Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094 that is open to all.  A lunch will be held after the burial at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Flowers may also be sent directly to St. Pius X Catholic Church beginning on Wednesday, April 10th, but no later than Thursday, April 11th, at 9 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to:

St Pius X Catholic Church by check addressed to St Pius X Catholic Church, 2621 Highway 20, Conyers, GA 30013

-or-

Georgia Special Olympics online at: specialolympicsga.org or by check: addressed, and mailed to Special Olympics Georgia, 6046 Financial Drive, Norcross, GA 30071

The family of Paul Gonzales expresses their sincere gratitude to all the family and friends who have had the honor to know him over the years.  The memories shared with all of you are what makes life truly meaningful and a blessing to be shared.

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William OBrien
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Neal .

Praying for all the family during this time.


Arlington Wright
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Arlington E Wright Jr. .

From Arlington Wright in your time of sorrow.


Gloria Vargas
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019

DIGNITY IN WHITE PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by The Vargas Family - Kansas City, MO..

We love and are praying for you all! So very sorry we can't be with you Gabe, Gloria Vargas & Family


Kim and Scott Schroeder
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss,but are rejoicing that Paul is in Heaven with his heavenly Father. May you all be comforted by the Holy Spirit during this time. May the memories you all hold deep in your hearts of Paul bring you comfort and peace. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Love and hugs to all!

The Patrick's
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019
Laŕry and I are sorry for your loss and will always remember Paul with love.

Marie Vargas
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019
My most sincere condolences to Frances and family for the loss of your husband and father. He was one of the most gentle and honorable men..May he rest in the Celestial Palace,reunited with all those that went before him..I'm sure there will be a fantastic softball game with Paul as the star pitcher. ..May he rest in peace.

Helen Maynor
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019

STRUCTURED DESIGN IN RED AND WHITE was sent by The three Musketeers .

With all our Love for Uncle Paul and Family!! We love you so much! Heaven gained a truly great man! ❤️ Love Helen, Tony and Teresa!


Mike Gonzales
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019
Dear Dad,
I can only imagine how you must be smiling down from heaven now. Your 84 years of service here on earth is complete. We all pray to one day join you in our Lord’s Kingdom. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.”

You have and will always be my best friend and role-model. You and mom were and will remain the rock of our family. You taught us how to put the Lord at the center of our lives and personally modelled it every day. You showed us how to love your spouse, children and others unconditionally. You exemplified hard, purposeful work, and humility. You taught us at an early age that our Lord is always watching, and to conduct ourselves accordingly. You taught us that leadership is about servanthood. Hence, the higher you elevate in life, the greater the servant you are expected to be. You showed us how to genuinely care about serving others, especially the under-served.

Meg Meeker, M.D. in her book, “Hero” asks three critical questions of all dads:

1. “Dad, how do you really feel about me?”
2. “Dad, what do you believe about me?”
3. “Dad, what are your hopes for me?”

Dad, you taught your six children, and many others you knew, the answers to these questions. You did so in the way you chose to live your life daily to serve Christ.

I will always love you Dad. We all look forward to rejoining you and others one day for an amazing reunion with our Heavenly Father.

Your son,
Mike

Bill Gustafson with Billy and Linda
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
Frances
We are honored and blessed to have know Paul for many years. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Remember he will always be there with you, alive in your heart, in your memories and your blessings.

Bryant Smith
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
My prayers to the family during this time. May God provide comfort to you.

Matthew Smith
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Bryant Smith.

My prayers and condolences during your time of loss.


Ed Hernandez
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
Sorry to hear of Paul's passing,. I remember his smile he'd give you while doubting your story 🙂

The Schimmelbusch Family
   Posted Wed April 10, 2019
Mike, Wendy and Gonzales Family,

We are so saddened by your tremendous loss. We are sharing in your sadness and grief and sending prayers of peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Brian, Susie and Family

Teresa Rodriguez
   Posted Wed April 10, 2019
Fly high with all of the angels uncle Paul, what an amazing soul you are,thank you for ALL of the love and kindness you showed,enjoy Heaven, GOD and one day we shall meet again...love you!

Judy Schmelzle
   Posted Thu April 11, 2019
From your neighbors at 333 N. Columbia, Salina, KS. Thank you for being such good neighbors in the late 1970s and early 1980s. We were sad to see your family leave Salina. I give my condolences to the entire family. Steven was about the same age as Jason and Gary. I do have one picture of Steven helping Bill, Jason, and Gary make a snowman. Sorry to hear Paul had died. He was a good man.

Liz Bonilla
   Posted Sat April 13, 2019
I was very saddened to hear of Paul's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you Frances and the entire family. Paul was a gentle, kind, and generous person. I was happy to see you the last time you both in Salina. May God bless you and hold you in his loving arms.

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