Dionisia Gonzales Barina

October 9, 1937June 3, 2013
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Dionisia Gonzales Barina was born in Charlotte, Texas on October 9, 1937 the daughter of Norberto and Juanita Gonzales. She graduated from Charlotte High School and then moved to San Antonio, Texas to attend Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Dionisia was licensed by the State of Texas as a Registered Nurse in 1961 and worked as a nurse for 38 years, including 3 years as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, until her retirement from Scott and White Clinic in 1999. While working at Scott and White she attended night classes and earned an Associate in Arts degree from Temple College.

Dionisia was stationed at Bergstrom AFB, Austin, Texas, in 1962 where she met John Barina. They were married in 1964 and they remained married for 48 years.

Dionisia died Monday, June 3, 2013 at Arbor House in Temple, Texas surrounded by her husband and sons.

Dionisia was the oldest of 12 children and enjoyed being referred to as number one by her brothers and sisters. She loved all of her family but, she had a special place in her heart for her father who always encouraged and supported her not to accept limits on what she could do with her life. Dionisia was the first of the children to leave home and she did all that she could to help the others continue their education after high school. Dionisia was very proud of her sons and adored her grandchildren. Her family was her life.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Dionisia is survived by her husband, son Samuel J. Barina, daughter in law Tricia, granddaughter Tristen, grandson Garrett of College Station, Texas and son Bobby D. Barina and grandson Joaquin of Temple, Texas; brothers Tiburcio Gonzales of Hereford, Texas, Juan Gonzales and Mario Gonzales of Austin, Texas, Javier Gonzales and Norberto Gonzales of San Angelo, Texas; sisters Guadalupe Hartshorn of Spring Creek, NV, Juanita Gonzales, Francis Tamayo and Emilia King of Austin, Texas, Maria Gonzales and Rosalia Gonzales of San Angelo, Texas. Dionisia is also survived by 28 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Crawford Brower Funeral Home in Temple, Texas from 6 PM to 8 PM. Funeral Services will be June 10, 2013 at 11 AM at St Luke Catholic Church in Temple, Texas. The inurnment will be at 2 PM on June 10, 2013 at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 9, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, June 10, 2013

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Frances Tamayo

July 2, 2014

It has been a year since you left us and I still miss you everyday and get very emotional just thinking that you are no longer here. I know that you are in a better place now and no longer have to worry about anything anymore. I love you and pray for John and your family often.

Greg Castillo

August 25, 2013

I remember Lt. Gonzales from the first day she reported for duty at the 859th Medical Group Hospital at Bergstrom AFB in Austin, Texas. I was the Unit Clerk and took down all her personal data. She was very professional, and of course, pretty. Later, I worked with John (Harry?) Barina in the Registrar's Office of the hospital. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. God bless you.

Frances Tamayo

June 26, 2013

John, Sam, and Bobby. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that the wonderful memories you have of your wife and mother will help console you. It has taken me this long to write as I just could not put it in words. I loved my sister dearly. She was a brilliant and intelligent person. She helped me so much in my early years in helping me start my professional career. It is because of her that I am where I am today. As a young girl I remember always looking up to her. When she became a registered nurse I told her that I too wanted to become a nurse because she was rich and I wanted to be rich too. I remember her laughing and telling me that it was not so but that it was a very fulfilling career and that there would always be jobs. She told me that she would help me go to nursing school whenever I graduated from high school if that was what I wanted to do. And she did help me get started in nursing. I love her dearly and I will miss her but I know that she will be watching over her family and the rest of the 11 that have stayed behind. Love you sister and I am thankful that you are not suffering anymore and that you are now in heaven. God Bless You.

June 17, 2013

John, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Evelyn Parks Barrett

Buck Gonzales

June 10, 2013

She is my sister, she is number one, still, out of twelve. She led Los Gonzales's, by example. If she could go to college, for example, so could we. Like the rest of us, in particular, she adored her Daddy, so do we. He was self-educated, gifted in wisdom. He insisted the best way to success, was education. In particular, he insisted his daughters would be college women, even if this put him at odds with people in his life. Daddy succeeded. For this and a multitude of reasons, his children adored, adore him. None of this was wasted on my sister Nicha, number one. Nicha, chew on Daddy's ears the way I used to, he'll know it's me saying hello. Tell him i miss him, horribly, like right about now. Teld him i will Continue to follow his counsel, love my God and try to continue to nourish that immense faith in his God that was his trademark, i would like to think my inheritance, which I now nourish. Tell him i will look after your Viejo, I've traveled his anguished journey, John, as it turns out, is a giant of a man, el estara bien. Adios Hermana Nicha, again say hello to mom&Daddy.

Claudia Kiblinger

June 9, 2013

I loved Dee. I worked at Scott and White and she was the best supervisor ever. She was eager to help at any time, encouraged nurses to improve and keep active in nursing, and had the time to listen to our personal life as well as help us advance in our professional life.

I will miss her as I remember her often in my thoughts and prayers. She gave many of us happy memories of our nursing experiences as well as knowing her. She was everything a nurse should be and more. She also was the best friend one could ever have. I love you Dee and will miss you always. Claudia Kiblinger

Sheila and Jack Carroll

June 8, 2013

John, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. I know you are surrounded by family and loved ones, but know that we, your classmates, are thinking about you right now, and sending our love and sympathy.

Patricia Hartshorn Tanner (AKA Patsy)

June 7, 2013

Uncle John, Sam and Bobby, I have always felt like another daughter and sister in your family. I owe much to Aunt Jan and your family from the VERY beginning when you introduced my mom and dad to each other. Aunt Jan was always my second mother and helped me become the person I am today. So much of Aunt Jan's strength and courage to follow your dreams inspired me to always help others and that family comes first. Aunt Jan will always been one of the HEROS in my life.

Keith Reed

June 7, 2013

John, our prayers are with you and your family always. Keith & Debra

June 6, 2013

Now my morning prayer begins with "good morning mom ,dad ,nicha ,and you sir". I can not be sad that mom and dad have their first born with them now .She has a strong family in you and you will survive this loss.I love you. Tia Rosalia