November 7, 1983 – October 15, 2021
Elsa Ganzon was born to Efrain and Livier Leiva on November 7, 1983 in Northridge, California. She was one of two children, her younger brother Jessi being the other one. The two were inseparable, each other being best friends.
The Leiva family lived in Southern California for most of Elsa's life before moving to Las Vegas, NV, right before her senior year in high school. After graduating, she went to UNLV for a time, but ultimately could not finish. She had medical complications, missed too much time from her studies, and had financial constraints at home. At one point, she was working multiple jobs in order to pay for life’s necessities and had to contribute to the family. Although frustrated with herself, she remained determined to live a better life. In 2006, her life was about to change.
At the time, she was working at Suncoast Hotel and Casino as a cage cashier. She had a chance encounter with Ronald Ganzon, one of the newer employees that worked in the warehouse underneath the casino. They were merely acquaintances, as he would go to the cage to sign in and out for the keys to the warehouse, while she was the one to record and secure the transaction. She was seeing someone else at the moment, and so was Ronald. But after some time, their respective relationships ended, each one distraught over their individual break-ups. And then one day, Elsa reached out to Ronald on MySpace and asked for him to go on a bowling date. The rest, as they say, is history.
Elsa and Ronald moved to Northern California to pursue new career paths. Not too long after moving to Vallejo, CA, they exchanged vows at San Francisco City Hall and officially tied the knot. Eventually, Ronald became an EMT and was able to get into PA school at Touro University California. Elsa played the supporting role throughout this endeavor, working at Kaiperm North Bay Federal Credit Union. After graduating, the two moved to Clearlake, California for Ronald’s first job as a PA. Elsa felt at this point that it was “her turn” to pursue her dreams, and so enrolled in the local community college. She could not decide on what to do, as she had intentions of being a global translator, an interior decorator, a scrapbooker, or a business owner/entrepreneur. They did not stay in Clearlake, CA, as it was lonely and far away, and so her dreams were put on hold, as they decided to move back to Las Vegas, NV in order to be closer to family.
Although they have been together for 12 years, the two of them decided to hold off on having kids until they felt financially secure. The other looming question that haunted her was of her previous encounter with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a young teen. She was told that the chances of conceiving any healthy, viable children were very slim; due to the cancer, due to the chemotherapy, and due to the radiation. The couple spoke about this many times in the past, even considering adoption if this were the case. To complicate matters even further, she was already in her 30’s with underlying medical issues, and she would have to extend the wait on pursuing her career. But she made her decision. In 2017, they tried, and on July 18, 2018, Magdalena Leiva Ganzon was born.
Elsa was the happiest she could be. She was closer to home, married to a loving husband, mothering a beautiful, energetic daughter, and held a stable position at FirstService Residential. They purchased their “forever home” in West Henderson, NV and began to plan out the next steps in their journey. Tragically, 2020 was the year that everything changed.
Her brother Jessi lost his life in January of 2020. She had lost her best friend. She was consumed with sorrow, anguish, and defeat. Sadly, Elsa began to have medical complications of her own and was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer on November 3rd, 2020. She endured 3 different lines of chemotherapy, before being referred to MD Anderson in Houston, TX in order to participate in a clinical trial, as the cancer was becoming resistant to the treatments. After 11 months of treatment and trials, her labs, CT scans, and PET scans confirmed that the cancer was no longer responding to the medicine. There were talks of trying one more chemotherapy treatment and sending referrals to UCLA and the Mayo Clinic. But at this point, the cancer had already wreaked havoc on her liver and it began to affect her brain.
There was a last ditch effort to begin checking off things on her bucket list, the foremost being a Disneyland trip in November for her birthday. Unfortunately, she had already lost the ability to walk, the strength in her arms and legs, and as well as her cognitive function and speech. She continued to fight, but she ultimately lost her battle and passed away on the morning of October 15, 2021 in her home, just three weeks shy of her 38th birthday.
Elsa is survived by her parents, Efrain and Livier Leiva, her husband, Ronald Ganzon, and her daughter, Magdalena Leiva Ganzon. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Jru, Rayana, Jayda, Jessi Jr, Riley, Jean, Rayne, and Vincent.
She was a loving wife, daughter, mother, sister, and aunt. She did not have many friends, as she was more of an introvert. But the friends that she did make, were ones that you don’t forget. She was compassionate about scrapbooking, home design, and style. She was determined, strong-willed, and uncompromising, especially when it came to ascending the corporate ladder. She was head-strong. She knows what she wants, leads with her heart, and never leaves it to chance or regret. She had a beautiful soul, inherently pure, but delicately fragile: one that only those closest to her knew about and felt. As driven as she was in the outside world, she was a homebody in every sense of the word: happy to sit, cuddle, and enjoy the company of family and friends. She will be truly missed by many, but loved eternally.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
October 26, 2021
Elsa, we were so lucky to have met you in this lifetime. We will truly miss your presence.
Rest now, angel.
October 26, 2021
The day Ron texted me about Elsa passing a video of her, myself and my brother popped up on “Facebook memories.” My heart sunk down to my core when I heard the news. Elsa came to my chiropractic office for treatment after she was involved in a car accident. We saw her frequently at the office as rehab was 2-3 times a week. With that, the staff and I got to really know Elsa. What I remember about Elsa the most is that she had a sense of humor. She always had something to say to make each one of the staff smile and laugh. She spoke about her daughter very often as she loved her so much. Which is why I couldn’t hold back my tears when I saw her daughter at the memorial. As far as her treatment in the office- Elsa was also determined… she was a fighter. She never gave up. Lastly, her kindness and generosity was out of this world. When we opened a new clinic in Summerlin, I had posted numerous ads looking for more staff. Elsa kindly volunteered to just help out till we found new staff. She touched my heart. We will miss you Elsa. Thank you for being a ray of light for so many people you have touched. Till we meet again my dear friend.
October 24, 2021
I met Else at the Bank! She was my teller. When I graduated beauty school, Elsa came to my Salon. She was always so sweet but I knew there was a sassy energy about her. As she sat in my salon chair, she said she wanted a new Elsa. I gave her this Bob haircut and highlights back in 2008 I believe. She looked so great! I continued to do her hair up until I moved out of Las Vegas. During my time away from Las Vegas, we always stayed in touch through social media. Especially during 2020, we talked alot. When I found out her cancer was back, I checked in on her often. I wanted to reunite with her so bad since I was back in Las Vegas, but Covid has a way of making that not happen. The last time we talked was around August/September. She said she was scared but would always keep fighting. She called me her forever friend. It ment alot. I'm happy she isn't in pain but it's still sad. I'm sorry to her family and her little girl. It will be hard but it seems like you all have lots of love and in a way she is still here... through her daughter. I wish nothing but the best for you all and Elsa... you are my forever friend too. We'll reunite one day!
October 24, 2021
Elsa, I’m so sorry to hear of your passing. I met you years ago through Cat & the house parties in Hiddenbrooke. You were always so nice & welcoming. We didn’t really talk, but we’d always send comments or likes over social media. I’ll miss seeing you around & your sweet smile, but I’m glad you’re not in pain any longer. Rest now friend!
Condolences to your family, hubby & daughter
October 24, 2021
Ron, what a beautiful tribute to Elisa who loved and inspired others. Continue blessings. Nadine
October 24, 2021
Ron, I wish I had the right words, just know I care. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Nadine Leone
October 23, 2021
Elsa, my forever friend. Our time together was short-lived, but my memories of you will last a lifetime. We met during your chemo sessions and I instantly fell in love with your spirit. Although I cared for you in your time of need, you were there for me as well - you talked me through the stresses of marriage, home-buying, and relocating to a new city. You had the biggest heart! I cherish our time together and am so glad we were able to spend my last real day in Vegas together over dinner. You were an angel on earth and now an angel in heaven. I love you so much and am heartbroken that you are no longer here.
October 22, 2021
Elsa was an outstanding person, but an even more loving mother, and I could tell because of the advice she would give. Her love to me was very calming, attentive, caring & understanding- she constantly checked up, with no expectation of anything in return. She was such a very pure, selfless & loving person. I will miss her, but I just know- God will take the best care of her. I wish I would’ve been able to grow closer to her in my younger years, however I am grateful that I was still given the opportunity to experience her🖤
October 20, 2021
Elsa my niece,
You are always loved
and never forgotten.
May your soul
Rest In Peace! 💐🌹🕊❤️😘
Love You ❤️
The Santos Family….
October 20, 2021
I’ve been avoiding this post as much as possible. You can say that I was affected heavily by your passing. Everyone who knows me, knows that I was super close to you. Some of your friends and some of Ronald’s family members has told me that I was your rock. I was your backbone in all of this. I’m truly humbled by all the kind words everyone has said about me. In my honest opinion, I was only doing what I needed to get done to make sure that you have the best care possible and for you to be as comfortable as you can, while going through treatment. I also wanted to make sure your parents and husband wasn’t stressed.
Thank you for doing life with me the last 7 years. Thank YOU for EVERYTHING. ❤️ The list is way too long to list but I’m truly thankful, grateful and appreciative to have you as my sister in law for as long as I could. I’m going to uphold my promise that I made to you while we were in Texas. I promise you that Maggie will never forget who you are. I’m going to talk about you and show her all these photos and videos of you. I’m going to let her know that mommy fought as long as she could to be with her.
You are finally reunited with your handsome angel, Jessi. I promise you that Richard and I will be here for your parents, Ronald and Maggie every step of the way. Whatever they need, we’re here to lend a helping hand.
I love you so so so so so much!!
Rest easy beautiful. I got it from here. ❤️
October 19, 2021
So many memories I don’t even know where to begin. A highlight would definitely be our 2019 Disney trip! It was my first time ever at Disney world and I’m blessed we got share this experience this you, Kuya Ronald and Maggie. The rides, the laughs and talks we shared while waiting in line, ending with spending quality time together in our hotel. I’m going to hold all this and each memory we had close to my heart. Me, Mommy, Kyle, Jeanne and Kloe got Kuya Ronald and Maggie! You chose me as ninang to Maggie for a reason. I promise to be there for her every step of the way. I love you and miss you so much, Elsa. May you rest in paradise.
October 19, 2021
"We thought of you today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday,
and days before that, too.
We think of you in silence,
we often speak your name.
Now all we have are memories,
and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake,
with which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping,
We have you in our heart.."
Rest in eternal paradise our dear sweet Angel and please give big hugs to your Uncle Leo & Nanay.
Loving you always,
Tita Weng <3