Rosaura "Chagua" Gonzalez

March 18, 1938 - August 8, 2019
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Obituary

Alejandra “Chagua” Rosaura Martinez Gonzalez, 81, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019, at her home in Galveston. Rosaura was born March 18, 1938 to the late Juan Martinez and Maria Esther Martinez in Monterrey, Mexico.

She is preceded in death by her son, Tino Gonzalez; sisters, Maria Esther Martinez and Brigida Antonia Martinez; niece. Rosaura Martinez; granddaughter, Heather Ann Gonzalez; and great-granddaughter, Mia Storm Gonzalez.

Rosaura, along with Carlos Gonzalez, raised their seven children in Galveston after their move from Monterrey. Rosaura, affectionately known as “Chagua,” believed in hard work, church every Sunday, and Catholic education. She was a stay-at-home mother until finding another one of her life’s loves, priding herself on her flawless service while working at Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant. As an ardent proponent of Catholic education, she worked tirelessly to ensure that, no matter the sacrifice, her seven children attended Sacred Heart School and O’Connell High School. She had a gift for making something out of (almost) nothing. Whether it was making what should’ve been food only enough to feed two into enough to feed the entire neighborhood, or turning a broken bead into a Mardi Gras masterpiece, she multiplied whatever it was that came her way. She was passionate about cooking, bargain hunting, and spending time in her garden. She loved her casino trips and –as anyone who knew Chagua could attest to- was the life of the party on her bus rides. Chagua’s residency in New Orleans sparked her love for Mardi Gras, engendering her talent for designing Mardi Gras costumes, especially jackets and vests for herself and her family. This did not go unnoticed as she was selected “Casino Queen,” leading the Mardi Gras parades at the casino.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Jesse Gonzalez (Rene), Juan Gonzalez (Michelle), Alex Gonzalez (Kim), Willy Gonzalez (Sherrill), and Tony Gonzalez; daughter, Ingrid Gonzalez; brother, Francisco Martinez (Millie); daughter-in-law, Denise Gonzalez; grandchildren: Jessica Gustafson, Steven Gonzalez, John Gonzalez, Matthew Gonzalez, Kurt Gonzalez, Christopher Gonzalez, Alexis Johns, Michael Gonzalez, William Gonzalez, Francesca Gonzalez, Taylor Gonzalez, Jackson Gonzalez, and Nicholas Gonzalez; great-grandchildren: Emily Cleveland, Hillary Cleveland, Tyler Gustafson, Gabriel Gonzalez, Luke Gonzalez, Kennedy Gonzalez, Riley Johns, Aiden Gonzalez, Nixon Gonzalez, and Olivia Gonzalez; and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of devoted friends.

A Visitation and Rosary will be held at Malloy & Son Funeral Home on Thursday, August 15; Visitation will begin at 5 pm with the Rosary following at 6:30 pm. The funeral will take place at Sacred Heart Church on Friday, August 16 at 10 am with entombment to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jesse Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez, Alex Gonzalez, Willy Gonzalez, Tony Gonzalez and Francisco Martinez.

Honorary Pallbearers are Steven Gonzalez, John Gonzalez, Matthew Gonzalez, Kurt Gonzalez, Christopher Gonzalez, Michael Gonzalez, William Gonzalez, Taylor Gonzalez, Jackson Gonzalez, Nicolas Gonzalez and Chester Scruggs.

The family is grateful for the care and positivity provided by her Texas Home Health team and for Dr. Kalife’s ability to always put a smile on her face.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the American Heart Association Galveston and the Women’s Resource Crisis Center (RCC).

In honor of the “Casino Queen,” the family has asked that everyone wear attire as colorful as they’d like!

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home

Address:

3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Rosary at 6:30 pm.


Service Information

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Address:

1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019

Time: 11:30 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery

Address:

2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Donation Information

American Heart Association

Phone: 1-800-242-8721

P. O. Box 841125
Dallas, Texas 75284-1125
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Women Resource Crisis Center of Galveston

Phone: 409-763-1441

1802 Broadway
Suite 122
Galveston, Texas 77550
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Born: March 18, 1938
Died: August 8, 2019

Condolences for Rosaura “Chagua” Gonzalez

Malloy Funerals & Cremations

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Virginia Diket posted on 8/20/19

Will miss you dearly, Love you!!! Until we meet again. "Mi cara de clancla"

 

Vicki Amundsen posted on 8/15/19

In this time of sadness always remember the good times and the friends who are here for each of you.

 

Chuck and Leigh Walsh posted on 8/15/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

 

Vicki Hensley posted on 8/15/19

In memory of Rosaura "Chagua" Gonzalez, Vicki Hensley lit a candle

 

Vicki Hensley posted on 8/15/19

Such a lovely lady in all ways - she will be missed by her beautiful family. Prayers to all.

 

Ingrid posted on 8/14/19

Amongst all the candles we lit together in the past Momma, this is by far the most moving. I will forever think of you and miss your snappy character! I miss you so much but know that you are with your baby boy Tino! And that brings much peace to my heart. Love to you both!! Ingrid

 

Becci King posted on 8/14/19

Your description is so beautiful and loving. I know she is forever proud of each and every one of you, and I bet you are who you are because of her sense of humor, nurturing and kind loving spirit. I’m sooo sorry for your loss and our family is praying for peace for your hearts. Love Jim and Becci King

 

Minerva and Frank Alvarado posted on 8/14/19

With our deepest condolences we pray God will give you comfort and strength during this time she was such a wonderful person and we were honored to have known her. May hñshe RIP 💞🙌💞

 

Carmen Rodriguez posted on 8/14/19

My thoughts and prayers are with your family!

 

Carmen Rodriguez posted on 8/14/19

In memory of Rosaura "Chagua" Gonzalez, Carmen Rodriguez lit a candle

 

Rebecca and MAnuel Galindo posted on 8/14/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. May she rest in peace.

 

LILLIAN Leyva posted on 8/14/19

Your family is in my prayers LILLIAN

 

Linda Acosta posted on 8/14/19

My condolences to the family ! May she Rest In Peace !

 

Linda Acosta posted on 8/14/19

In memory of Rosaura "Chagua" Gonzalez, Linda Acosta lit a candle

 

Linda Acosta posted on 8/14/19

I am so sorry about your mom ! Very beautiful that she gave love to everyone around her! My condolences to the family !

 

Stella Ramirez Varela posted on 8/13/19

In memory of Rosaura "Chagua" Gonzalez, Stella Ramirez Varela lit a candle

 

Stella Ramirez Varela posted on 8/13/19

Mr & Mrs. Michael A. Varela sr Our condolences to your family. God Bless 🙏

 

Mary Lou Kelso posted on 8/12/19

Willy and family, As a mother, I have to say your mom could not have done a better job if she tried raising her children. Please know I feel your pain at this most difficult time with her passing. I am thinking about all of you with sending love your way! May the Eternal Light shine on your entire family.

 

Amber Jinkins posted on 8/12/19

My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.

 

Steve Pierce posted on 8/9/19

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Gonzalez. My prayers and sympathies go out to all the Gonzalez family.

 

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