< a href="http://rdrnews.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Normaobit.jpg">A rosary is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church for Norma Jean Gonzales, 60, who passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Lovelace Regional Medical Center. Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, also at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Charlie Martinez of St. Peter’s Catholic Church presiding. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Norma Gonzales was born April 20, 1953, in San County of Bexar, Texas, to Elidio A. Gonzales and Aurora Lovato. She was the second oldest of nine girls. Norma was raised in the Dexter/Roswell area. She attended elementary and junior high school in Dexter, then graduated from Roswell High School in 1971. She attended college at ENMU-Roswell.
She was married to Dick Mandonado on Sept. 20, 1980. She was baptized, inspired and led many of her nieces and nephews to Jesus Christ. She was a Catholic by faith and belonged to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She strived to be a good citizen and was a true example to all her family through her words, actions and faith. Norma and Dick were blessed with their son Matthew on Oct. 31, 1990, who was the light of their lives.
Norma loved her family very much. When she was not with her husband or son, she was with one of her many sisters. Norma was most passionate about the education and care of young children. She was an entrepreneur with her own in-home day care, where she helped care for and raise many generations of young children. She worked with the school system before she became disabled, where she also pursued a college degree in para-professional studies.
Those left to cherish her memory are her mother Aurora L. Trujillo and husband Henry M.; her children: Matthew Mandonado and his significant other, Randy Bills, and her children: Tyler and Savannah Burch; sisters: Irene Gonzales, Ann Lucero, Melinda Gonzales, Lorraine Cobos and husband Jerry, Sandra Renteria and husband Henry, Louane Soliz and Patricia Trujillo; special niece/daughter, Alyssa M. Lopez; special nephew/son Rudy Joe Morones; aunts: Ruth Callaway, of Jasper, Texas, Della Lovato, of Roswell, Olivia Gomez, of Monterey, Calif., Annie Regalado, of Phoenix, Ariz., and numerous cousins.
Godparents to Norma Jean, Yolanda “Judy” Barela, from Hobbs, and Fernando and Librado Pacheco, of Albuquerque; grandchild, Damien Drew Mandonado.
Nieces and nephews: Peggy Carrillo and husband, Joe Ray, Denise Cobos and husband, Rudolph, Mark Salas, Jennifer Nunez and husband, Antonio, Jason Lucero, Eric Lucero and wife, Angela, Ruben Morones, Carlos Morones, John Cobos and fiance, Ora Hensley, Rebecca Cobos, Cynthia Cobos, Jerry Aaron Cobos, David “DJ” Renteria and wife, Flor, Rocky Renteria, Joey Renteria and wife, Yesenia, Sandra “Sandy” Renteria and fiance, Rudy Chavez, Mellissa Soliz, Dora Lynn Trujillo, Xavior Franco, Davina Trujillo, William Vegara Jr.; her great-nephews and nieces had a special place in her heart and she adored her numerous nephews and nieces from the Mandonado Family.
Those preceding her in death: her husband, Desidero “Dick” Mandonado; sister, Rebecca L. Trujillo; grandparents: Lidio and Consuelo Gonzales, David and Sostena Lovato; aunts: Lousia Garcia, Connie Doerhoefer; uncle, Joe Lovato; brothers-in-law: Richard Lucero, Gilbert Lopez, Margarito Mandonado and Daniel Mandonado; cousins: Modesta Nunez, Henry Olguin, Raymond Olguin, Jerry Olguin and Josie Giron and Joe Gomez.
Serving as pallbearers are Ruben Morones, John Cobos, Jason Lucero, Rudy Joe Morones, D.J. Renteria, Rocky Renteria, Joey Renteria, Aaron Cobos, Xavior Franco. Honorary pallbearers are Mark Salas, Carlos Morones, Eric Lucero, and Austin Cobos.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.