Hermine Elfriede Gonzales

August 23, 1928July 15, 2018

Hermine Gonzales, was the wife of the late Master Sergeant Manuel Gonzales. They were married for 63 years. Hermine Elfrieda (Gruber) Gonzales was called to eternal life on July 15, 2018. She was born and grew up in Linz, Austria. After World War II in 1949, Hermine met her husband, Manuel Gonzales who was stationed in Austria with the U. S. Army. They married and had two children and then were posted in Stuttgart, Germany. Manuel and family were ordered stateside to Fort Huachuca, Arizona where the family grew by three more children. Hermine became a naturalized American Citizen on, November 9th, 1962. Soon after, the Gonzales Family was stationed in Munich where the last child, was born. The family moved stateside to Fort Riley, Kansas, while Manuel served in Vietnam. They were moved to Fort Ord in 1968 and in the early 70’s, the family returned to Germany and were stationed in Augsburg and then Göeppingen. Upon retirement, the family finally settled in Seaside, California. While bringing up five children in Göeppingen, Hermine was given the opportunity to work outside the home. She was an instructor in the German Headstart Program providing orientation in the German language and culture to the US Army troops stationed in Germany. She received a letter of recommendation from the German Headstart Program in Europe. This same program was in Fort Ord, California, and they immediately offered her an instructor position. She accepted and taught for a short period of time. Hermine became an active member of the German-American Club in Seaside. As the Entertainment Chairman, she organized bus trips to casinos, planned group picnics, and annual Oktoberfests. The club members looked forward to her delicious buffet spread when she hosted Kaffeeklatsch. Later, Hermine worked for 22 years as a hostess on Casino overnight bus trips. Hermine loved cooking Austrian, Mexican, and American dishes as well as baking Austrian desserts for family and friends. She expertly baked Austrian bread, jam rouladen, cookies, and cakes, also she was known to make fruit preserves; giving them away as gifts during the holidays. After Christmas Eve dinner while caroling around the Tanenbaum, her family savored every bite of her desserts. Hermine was preceded in death by husband, Manuel; son, Allen; parents, Margarete (Magauer) Atzmueller and Hermann Gruber; and sister, Margarete Gruber. Hermine is survived by her sister, Henriette Kappler of Austria and her children: Gloria (Edward) Rauber of Seaside, Manuel Jr. (AnaMaria) Gonzales of San Diego, Enrico (Monica) Gonzales of Salinas, Hellen (Jerry) Stevens of Greenville, SC, and Victoria Sanders Gonzales of Monterey, as well as 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 1475 La Salle Avenue, Seaside, Ca., at 10 a.m. on Friday July 27, 2018 with Burial to follow at San Carlos Cemetery, 792 Fremont Street, Monterey, Ca. A reception to follow at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Reception Hall, 1475 La Salle Avenue, Seaside, Ca. Please sign Hermine's guestbook to leave messages to her family.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 27, 2018

Hermine Elfriede Gonzales

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Maxine Balma

July 26, 2018

Mrs. Gonzales was a good friend of my mother's for many years. As members of a KaffeeKlatsch group of women who came from Austria and Germany, they shared many wonderful times together. I have fond memories of them eating, drinking, and laughing together.
Mrs. Gonzales was such a beautiful and charming person. I know how deeply the family must feel this loss and send my condolences to you all.
Maxine Balma (daughter of Trudy Fikes)

Monique (Martin) Funnie

July 24, 2018

We have enjoyed being neighbors of the Gonzales family since the mid-seventies. Your parents have always been friendly and supportive. We have loved getting to know them more in recent years. They were strong Christians and lived what they believed. God gave them a beautiful life together. Even still, their departure from this world is much too soon!

Our hearts and prayers go out to your family as you mourn the loss of your dear mother, Mrs. Gonzales.

Love & blessings,
Monique (Martin) Funnie

Pauline Rosenthal

July 19, 2018

To all of the Gonzales family,
On behalf of all of the staff and myself at Bayside Community Mortuary; Thank you for allowing us to care for your Mother. May God comfort you all as only He can and may all the wonderful memories you all shared bring you comfort at those low times when you'll need it the most. Please know that you are not alone and if there is anything we can do to help; please, don't hesitate to reach out. Sincerely, Pauline