Samuel Frank Gonzales
May 26, 1930 – April 9, 2019
The Lord called Sam home on Tuesday, April 9th. He was surround by family and friends.
He leaves behind his wife of 69 years of marriage, Mary. They brought along through their journey of life, six children, twelve grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren (24 in June), and a host of extended family and friends.
Sam loved God, family, friends and life. He received honorable discharge for his 6 years in the National Guard. He was a board member of our elementary and high school district. He was a Scout Master and spoke often of his trip with the Boy Scouts to Havasupai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
We grew up attending Sacred Heart Church. He was a member of the Parish Council and enjoyed his time as president. Our parents were also part of the Divine Mercy Prayer group. Sam easily shared his faith with others. Our parents, throughout their time together, have helped out family, friends and strangers. We always recall the many people our parents opened their home to whoever needed a place to stay. There were many times during our vacations when Sam would stop to try and help a stranded traveler.
Not only did our parents enjoy traveling through parts of the country alone in their RV, they also invited family and friends along to join them in the fun.
Sam took pride in his work of 39 years with SRP. He enjoyed his work and spoke highly of those that reported to him. He always looked for ways to help them do their work more easily.
We always said, “Dad never met a stranger.” Up until the end, our dad was always, smiling, singing and making us laugh. He was always grateful for the smallest thing we did to assist him. He would kiss our hands, give hugs, kiss our cheek and always say, “thank you”.
To all those who have been a part of our dad’s life, spoke well of him, loved him and aided in his care toward the end, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We leave you with a saying on a card that dad kept in his wallet.
If you meet me and forget me, you have lost nothing. If you meet Jesus Christ and forget him, you have lost everything.
Always grateful, Josie, Cristina and Joe, Andy and Lori, Monica, Sylvia and Johnny, Frank and Leanne.
Services are as follows: Tuesday, April 16th • Visitation 5 pm – 8 pm with Rosary at 6 pm, at Resthaven / Carr-Tenney Mortuary Chapel 4310 E. Southern Avenue, Phoenix AZ Wednesday, April 17th • Mass at 10:00 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 909 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ • Interment at St Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ • Celebration of Life from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the American Legion Post 41, 715 S. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
- Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, April 17, 2019
- Committal Service Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Samuel Frank Gonzales
April 16, 2019
My Condolences to all off Sammy’s Family....
Your Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, was my next door neighbor for for all my childhood. Sammy and his Family were best neighbors ever. I was so blessed to have them in my life.
Rest In Peace Neighbor...
🙏❤️ Wayne A Sharp
April 15, 2019
I have many memories of Tio, but one that stands out right now is when we were in Heber at our family reunion, the ladies were setting under the Ramada one night having coffee and listening to our favorite ghost stories from our cousin Rosie, and as she was telling her story at the most intense time of the story the lights go out and boy we all screamed and of course Tio Sammy had a rational explanation as to why the lights went, but of course we didn't believe it, but he got the lights back on, and we didn't talk about that story any more. LOL. Many fond memories at the cabin and also on Polk St. He will surely be missed, but we are not a family without hope or faith and we know that we'll all be together again someday. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 to be absent from body and present with the Lord is our promise for those who choose the Lord.
April 13, 2019
God bless you and your family.
May your family stay blessed as you were so fortunate to have such a loving Patriarch. Prayers during your time of sorrow and always
Eva Cuellar Johnson