Marina Ann Gonzalez
April 23, 1984 – December 10, 2019
Marina Ann Franco Gonzalez age 35 was called home to the Lord peacefully on December 10, 2019 after a long 8 year battle with breast cancer. She fought till the end. She was born on April 23, 1984 in Merced, Ca. to Marine “Shorty” Franco and Elizabeth “Lisa” Villanueva.
Marina graduated in 2002 from Merced High School. She was hired at the age of 16 part time at Pizza Hut while attending school. She was a 49er’s and Giants fan. She loved BBQ’s, family functions, especially on the holidays. She was the life of the party with her big contagious smile that she left on all of us. She was blessed with a beautiful daughter, Adalina in 2008. Marina married Mondo Gonzalez September 19, 2015. Marina also worked at Target in Merced, Merco Credit Union and Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union.
We would like to thank everyone that kept us in their thoughts and prayers and their kind messages. Special thanks to Dr. Hager and his staff at Cancer Care in Fresno, Ca. Also to Dr. Gallery in Merced, the Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union, Our Lady of Mercy School and the Relay for Life.
Marina is survived by her grandparents Jessie "Chuchi" Franco and Simona De Los Santos. Her husband Mondo Gonzalez, her daughter Adalina Gonzalez; stepchildren Thomas, Adrian Gonzalez, Brianne Bodamer and Isabella Ruiz; her parents Marine "Shorty" Franco and Elizabeth "Lisa" Villanueva; brothers Bobby Franco and Jose Banuelos Jr and nephews Elijah and Ethan Franco. She is preceded in death by her grandfather Marine "Chito" Franco II and her uncle Raymond "Wimps" Franco, along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Marina was extremely loved and will be missed dearly by everyone that she touched.
- Steven Rodriquez, Pallbearer
- Martin Figueroa, Pallbearer
- Javi Castillo, Pallbearer
- Ruben Franco, Pallbearer
- Toddy Castillo, Pallbearer
- Tomasi Franco, Pallbearer
- Adrian Gonzalez, Honourary Pallbearer
- Jose Banuelos Jr, Honourary Pallbearer
- Phill Rubalcara, Honourary Pallbearer
- Julia Avalos, Honourary Pallbearer
- Brandy Morris, Honourary Pallbearer
- Visitation Friday, December 20, 2019
- Rosary Service Saturday, December 21, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, December 21, 2019
- Interment Following
Marina Ann Gonzalez
December 19, 2019
I met Marina 8th grade year at Cruickshank middle school. We were 2nd graduating class of that school lol. We had core class together and I remember how we would write each other letters about our crushes back then. Man those are great memories. Even though we didnt hang out, outside of class we remained friends even in high school still writing letters to each other. Marina holds a special place in my heart and always will. She was always kind and just a beautiful person inside and out. You will be missed my friend. May you rest in paradise love. And I'll see u again on the other side one day. This is the last photo we took about 4 years ago. ❤❤❤❤
December 18, 2019
I met Marina during her battle with cancer. She little by little won me with her smile and the way she was. I know they say you don't have favorite's but she was one of my favorites. We had plenty of good laughs and tears of sadness but it was always a pleasure to see her. God has taken a beautiful women who is now an angel watching above for her love ones. She will be missed. LOVE YOU MARINA