2016-10-13 / Obituaries

Albert Gonzales

Albert Joseph Gonzales, 90, of Pickford, formerly of Hollister, California, died Thursday, September 29, 2016.

He was born March 12, 1926, to Amelio and Eufernia (nee Raybol) Gonzales in Merced, California.

Mr. Gonzales grew up in the Santa Clara Valley in California. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Army and served in Germany. After he was discharged from the Army, he worked with his brother helping with the building of two large hangars at Moffitt Field near San Francisco. He then attended San Jose Tech School, where he earned a certificate in machining. He worked for a company that fabricated the Tea Cup and Jumbo rides at Disneyland. Mr. Gonzales went on to become a firefighter in Santa Clara. He retired in 1977, after 25 years of service. During his time as a firefighter, he also did cement work. In June, for several years, he set up fireworks stands in several of the small shopping centers in the Santa Clara area and had all of the family working together at the business. He then was employed as a supervisor for Casa De Fruita and organized special events. At one particular event, he met Patricia Logan Sincerbox at a recreational vehicle dance park in 1985. They were married October 14, 1995, in Reno, Nevada. In 2002, they moved to the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Mr. Gonzales was a member of the Shakers Car Club in Hollister. During the Hollister Rodeo, he organized the pig roast. He loved hunting deer in the Sierra Moun- tains and fishing. He was a resourceful and creative handyman. Mr. Gonzales built his own greenhouse for vegetables and began gardening flowers in Michigan.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Pickford; three daughters and their families, Nancy and Ernie Rose of Sparks, Nevada, Patricia Ann Gonzales of Pickford, and Sylvia Botelho of San Jose, California; two sons and their families, Stanley Gonzales of San Miguel, California, and Phillip Gonzales of San Jose; grandchildren, Julie Rose, Ernie and Sarah Rose Jr., Brian and Amber Botelho, Frankie and Nicole Botelho Jr., and James and Victoria Gonzales; 10 great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Gonzales of Hollister.

Mr. Gonzales was preceded in death by his twin sister, Lucy Alejandra; another sister, Margaret Reg, and three brothers, Henry Gonzales, Alfonso Gonzales, and Hermon Gonzales.

A memorial service will be held in California at a later date.

R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford assisted the family with arrangements.

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