OBITUARY

Joan Gonzalez

November 28, 1936June 1, 2019
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Joan Gonzalez, 82, of Marblehead, Mass., passed away June 1, 2019. Born in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Augustino Irizarry and Maria de la Cruz Pagan. She lived in Ponce, PR, until her family moved to New York City when she was 12 years old.

After marrying and raising 3 children, she returned to school and received a degree in Early Childhood Education from Bronx Community College. She loved her family and was active in the PTA while her children were young, holding many positions there over the years, including President. She was also very close to her cousin’s daughter, whom she thought of as her fourth child.

When her own mother became ill, she cared for her at home until her last days. Joan even took care of her neighborhood, as a member the Tenant Patrol in New York City, a role that earned her a Citizen’s Certificate from the New York Police Academy. Even with a limited budget, she made sure to take her children to museums and parks and to instill in them the beauty and importance of education. She may have been small in stature, but she was large in spirit, laughter, love, and strength. In her last two years, while living at the Lafayette Nursing Home in Marblehead, her humor stayed with her as did her strength.

Joan will be most remembered as the “go-to” person in any emergency, happily helping her family, friends, and neighbors with anything they needed, and doing so with an infectious sense of humor and insurmountable love. In a world that can some days shake in even the slightest wind, and other days feel fully knocked down as if pummeled by a hurricane, Joan was fiercely protective of her family and friends; she was the most solid of rocks, holding on in any weather, and she will be just as fiercely missed.

Joan is survived by her son, Victor Gonzalez Jr., of NYC, her daughter Joan Gonzalez, of NYC, her granddaughter, Ashley Kern; her daughter, Dr. Wanda Gonzalez and Wanda’s husband, Gregory Benner, of Marblehead; her granddaughter, Amelie Benner; her cousin, Alma Thompson, of St Louis, MO; and her former husband, Victor Gonzalez, Sr. of Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Visiting hours will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street on Friday, June 7th, from 4-7PM. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church, 135 Lafayette Street, Marblehead. Interment will be private. To share a memory or leave an online condolence, please visit www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Parkinson's Foundation (www.parkinson.org).

  • FAMILY

  • VICTOR GONZALEZ JR, Son
  • JOAN GONZALEZ, Daughter
  • DR. WANDA GONZALEZ, Daughter
  • Joan is survived by her son, Victor Gonzalez Jr., of NYC, her daughter Joan Gonzalez, of NYC, her granddaughter, Ashley Kern; her daughter, Dr. Wanda Gonzalez and Wanda’s husband, Gregory Benner, of Marblehead; her granddaughter, Amelie Benner; her cousin, Alma Thompson, of St Louis, MO; and her former husband, Victor Gonzalez, Sr. of Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019

Memories

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Ray Pastrana

June 15, 2019

Dear Victor and Family,

We like to send our heartfelt sympathy’s on the loss of your mom. We always enjoyed the stories of you and your mom prepping for the holiday dinners in the break room at Maiden Lane.

I know she will be missed.

“When I close my eyes I see you”
“When I open my eyes I miss you”
-unknown

Your friend,
Ray

Donna Morales

June 9, 2019

To the family of Joan Gonzales,
My Family and I send our deepest condolences. Your loss is truly great. If children are a reflection of the women who raise them, an image of the best qualities of their mothers, then your mother was one of the best. I know she was loved well in life and the pain of her loss will be great.
Sincerely Donna, Franklin, Lance and Robin Morales

Alma Thompson

June 9, 2019

To me Joan was always Titi Jenny, She was my mother's first cousin but to me she was my Auntie. I grew up with her being one of the most important person in my life, what my mother couldn't give me I always got from Titi. She encouraged me , stood my me always. I was her tesoro (treasure) and she will always be mine. I will miss her with every fiber of my being. Love you Titi.

Judy Njenga

June 5, 2019

It's amazing the way people can meet in this life learn each other, be great friends, and be part of your life(family) . Joan Gonzalez, I do not know what to say or how to tell,but she was one of a kind for the few years as my patient, my best friend and great mom . I miss everything in her, her voice, smile and love, all I can say; if people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them, will always love you , my condolences to Dr. Wanda and the great beautiful family, always in my prayer , be strong!

Maria Cefaro

June 5, 2019

My Condolences to the Family.... I pray they find solace in their hearts knowing their Mom, Grandmother and Aunt...Joan is Definitely an Angel who has received her Wings... I Love You Joan... RIP Love Maria

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Biography

Joan Gonzalez, 82, of Marblehead, Mass., passed away June 1, 2019. Born in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Augustino Irizarry and Maria de la Cruz Pagan. She lived in Ponce, PR, until her family moved to New York City when she was 12 years old.

After marrying and raising 3 children, she returned to school and received a degree in Early Childhood Education from Bronx Community College. She loved her family and was active in the PTA while her children were young, holding many positions there over the years, including President. She was also very close to her cousin’s daughter, whom she thought of as her fourth child.

When her own mother became ill, she cared for her at home until her last days. Joan even took care of her neighborhood, as a member the Tenant Patrol in New York City, a role that earned her a Citizen’s Certificate from the New York Police Academy. Even with a limited budget, she made sure to take her children to museums and parks and to instill in them the beauty and importance of education. She may have been small in stature, but she was large in spirit, laughter, love, and strength. In her last two years, while living at the Lafayette Nursing Home in Marblehead, her humor stayed with her as did her strength.

Joan will be most remembered as the “go-to” person in any emergency, happily helping her family, friends, and neighbors with anything they needed, and doing so with an infectious sense of humor and insurmountable love. In a world that can some days shake in even the slightest wind, and other days feel fully knocked down as if pummeled by a hurricane, Joan was fiercely protective of her family and friends; she was the most solid of rocks, holding on in any weather, and she will be just as fiercely missed.

Joan is survived by her son, Victor Gonzalez Jr., of NYC, her daughter Joan Gonzalez, of NYC, her granddaughter, Ashley Kern; her daughter, Dr. Wanda Gonzalez and Wanda’s husband, Gregory Benner, of Marblehead; her granddaughter, Amelie Benner; her cousin, Alma Thompson, of St Louis, MO; and her former husband, Victor Gonzalez, Sr. of Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Visiting hours will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street on Friday, June 7th, from 4-7PM. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church, 135 Lafayette Street, Marblehead. Interment will be private. To share a memory or leave an online condolence, please visit www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Parkinson's Foundation (www.parkinson.org).