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Robert M. Gonzales

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October 10, 1948 ~ January 3, 2023

Born in: San Antonio, Texas
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Robert “Bob” Gonzales was born in San Antonio, Texas on October 10, 1948 to loving parents, Edward and Anita (Valdez) Gonzales. He passed away to be with our Lord January 3, 2023 at the age of 74. Bob was known for his dedication to both his faith as well as his family. He was a very educated man, receiving both Master and Bachelor degrees, also serving his community in several Drug and Alcohol Education and Mediation programs. Bob was very involved at St. Gerard Catholic Church for many years, even leading the Novena group on Tuesday evenings. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends, especially outdoors fishing or in the mountains of Colorado. Bob passed away this Tuesday. He did it his way at home and peacefully. As much as we miss him already, we know he is in a better place and not suffering anymore. He was a fighter his entire life he never stepped down or away from a challenge, and he fought to make sure that everyone in our family was taken care of. As much as we will all miss him, he is never really going to be gone he will be watching over us forever. He was a special man, we never understood how he could make friends with anyone and everyone, but that was him, he welcomed all no matter what with open arms. He lived his life guided by his faith and truly practiced what he preached.

From his sons:
• Hey dad just thinking about you, wanted to say we love you and to thank you for always being an
amazing dad and role model. We can never once think of a time when we weren’t proud to say ”
that’s my dad” We are who we are because of everything you taught and showed us. We all love
you and are so glad the girls got to call you grandpa. Love Martin and Joseph
Robert is preceded in death by both parents. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 36 years, JoAnn,
sisters, Anita Foye (Fred) and Sylvia Gonzales, and brother Edward Gonzales (Harriet), Sons, Martin
Gonzales (Sha’Tarrah) and Joseph Gonzales (Michele), as well as grandchildren Z’nyah, Zuri, and Isabella.
Bob leaves behind a life and legacy that will not soon be forgotten. He will be missed dearly by everyone
that had the pleasure of knowing him.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Gerard Catholic Church or the Redemptorist Order.


Visitation: January 24, 2023 9:00 am

St. Gerard Catholic Church
1523 Iowa Street
San Antonio, TX United States


Rosary: January 24, 2023 10:00 am

St. Gerard Catholic Church
1523 Iowa Street
San Antonio, TX United States


Funeral Service: January 24, 2023 10:30 am

St. Gerard Catholic Church
1523 Iowa Street
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. CandleImageJoAnn,
    We send you and your family our prayers and deepest sympathies. How we will all miss Bob. We trust he is now with our Lord whom he served so well his entire life.

  2. CandleImageSincere and heartfelt condolences to JoAnn and the entire Gonzales family. Thank you, Bob, for your dedication to the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena and St. Gerard Church. You inspired the Novena family every Tuesday evening with your words of wisdom. You will be greatly missed. RIP

    Connie Reyes and the Reyes family

  3. CandleImageOur condolences to JoAnn and the Gonzales family. Bob, we will miss you so much. We’ll know you are with us every Little Christmas. RIP Bob.

  4. CandleImageIt was an honor to meet you at the Tuesday night novenas. I will keep Bob and his family in my prayers. Rest in peace.

  5. CandleImageThe Lemelle/Rodriguez family sends love, prayers and condolences to JoAnn and the entire Gonzales family. May Bob rest securely now in the arms of his Loving Father whom he loved more than life. You’ll be remembered most dearly our Brother.

  6. CandleImageI met Bob when I was in grade school. He always made me laugh with his jokes. He will be missed but I know BC and him are enjoying each other’s company. RIP Bob. Joann , sending you and the family prayers and hugs❤️🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽

  7. I agree wholeheartedly about everything that was said about Bob in his obituary and all that he did to wholeheartedly help and support his family and community. We were privileged to had have him with us for 74 years. However, as his brother, I’d like to add a few other things that I also remember and miss. I have hundreds of fond memories of us growing up together and of other things we did together later life. Bob was a ready co-conspirator in all of the escapade, adventures, pranks, and all around mischief two young boys could get into. I truly agree he always was a fighter. Sometimes those physical and verbal skirmishes were between us the two of us, but that is what brothers are supposed to do, isn’t it. But when it came to the two of us against some of the neighborhood guys, he was a ready scrapper and would eagerly join in the fray fists flying. That boy wasn’t afraid of the devil. I too will miss those times in Colorado and down at the Texas coast, but what I really miss are the long rides which afforded us time to talk about any and everything. It also afforded us many humorous opportunities along the way. I think it was because Bob and I shared an active and slightly skewed sense of humor. And there were the dogs. Does anyone remember Bob not having a (or dogs)? He loved each and every one of those dogs and they really felt it.
    A wise man was asked what happens to you after you die. He said ”All the people who loved you will miss you”. If this is so, I know that there are many, many people really missing Bob.

  8. CandleImageJoAnn and Family,
    It was 60 years ago this year that Bob and I first rode the train to New Orleans from San Antonio. He was a prankster as Ed has mentioned, but always fun to be around. So glad he remained active and involved in the St Gerard community since many of our summers home from Lacombe began with Tuesday night Mother of Perpetual Help devotions followed by some recreational activity. May his soul rest in the hands of the Loving Father he served so well and so long.

  9. I have many cherished memories with Bob, from playing music in the Collarmen, starting the Peoples’ Place together with Gerry Mullin (store for the poor in New York), to just sitting around and joking. I’m so glad that Terri and I had the chance to get together for dinner a few years ago with Bob and JoAnn. Our sincerest prayers and condolences. Terri and Art Mildenberger

  10. Bob and I did not spend a lot of time together, but I knew well his efforts to be a most effective educator & facilitator of worship at St. Gerard. I grew up in an era when the priests and the nuns were the assumed leaders of everything; Bob and JoAnn showed how St. Gerard could be lead by married folks (along with other key lay leaders) into a future that allows every baptized person to live their Vocation fully. Rob Ruhnke

  11. Jo Ann, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry to lose such a good friend. Having worked with Bob on many substance use prevention trainings, I found him to be very knowledgeable, humorous, and caring. He was a great, supportive friend. He will be greatly missed.

  12. Jo Ann, Martin, Joseph, daughters in law, grandchildren, Anita & Fred, Ed & Harriet, Sylvia :
    My most sincere condolences on the passing of Bob, whom we all remember as a true
    friend. I have a feeling that Kathleen is among those welcoming him to his Heavenly home, since she was so close to Anita & all the rest of you.
    My prayers continue for all of you & now to him, who can now intercede for us.
    God love all of you.
    Sincerely, Don Boehme

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