Gonzalez Funeral Home

7209 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL


Elia Gonzalez

February 27, 1939May 14, 2020

Elia Gonzalez, 81, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 2:45pm at St. Joseph’s Hospital North in Tampa, Florida.

Elia Gonzalez was our Matriarch of the family. She was born on February 27, 1939 in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba to Avelino Garcia and Crispin Gonzalez. She was the youngest and last survivor of 15 Siblings. She arrived in Tampa, Florida where she began to work at La Tropicana Restaurant in Ybor City in Tampa, Florida where she worked for 33 years and until her final working days before retiring.

She was a loving Daughter, Sister, Niece, Aunt, Wife, Mother, Godmother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great Great Grandmother. She was a nurturing vibrant soul who literally lit up the room whenever she entered and was full of joy. She was a hard working proud and dignified woman who had a passion for life with a wonderful sense of humor which endeared her to everyone she came in contact with and it is a great testament to her nature that she formed so many long lasting friendships over the years. Her love left a lasting impression in everyone’s hearts. She will forever be missed.

Elia was survived by her 1 daughter Lisette, 4 Grandchildren Christina, Frank, Eddie and Carlos, 14 Great Grandchildren, Anthony, Destiny, Giovanni, Dazlyn, Carlos Jr., Analeese, Alyssa, Antonio, Josiah, Isabella, Ariana, David, Gloriana, and Lilian and 1 Great Great Granddaughter Leilani.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


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Gloriana Michael

May 23, 2020

To the sweetest lady That was always filled with biggest smile, Warm hugs and The brightest Red lipstick.
We all miss and love you.
Rest In Peace, Love Gloriana

Mario Montes De Oca

May 22, 2020

There's not enough words in the Dictionary to explain how loving , amazing , beautiful , selfless Etc...... Abuela Elia was. She was a Mother/Grandmother to me. And even though I feel I had a special connection with her the truth of the matter is that she had that special connection with everybody who had the privilege and blessing to meet and get to know her. She loved unconditionally and thought about others before she thought about herself. I remember one of her favorite television Hosts / Personalities / psychic (Walter Mercado) And she would always joke around and repeat his catch phrase all the time , and in saying that ........Abuela thank you for being a light in my life and for the many lessons you taught me and in the words of your favorite catch phrase "SOBRE TODO, MUCHO, AMOR,"

Destiny Montes

May 20, 2020

Te amo mucho! I miss you so much every single day. I wish I could gave you one last hug.. I wish I was allowed to go visit you at the hospital. You were so funny, I lived with you most of my life and you were such an amazing person. You made everybody laugh, you are always so loving ❤️ You will be missed by many people.

Krystal Ramos-Carrasco

May 19, 2020

Mi quierida Abuela Elia. Te quiero mucho y siempre te vamos a estranar y piensar en ti. Gracias por todo las memorias y momentos bonito en mi vida. We love you forever ❤️❤️❤️


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