Geraldine Louise Gonzales

August 22, 1925 - May 29, 2019

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Geraldine Louise Gonzales passed away peacefully at her home in Norwalk of 52 years, with her family by her side on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:19 PM. She was 93 years young.

Geraldine was born in Sibley, Iowa in 1925 to Lloyd and Mary Jane Shapley. She grew up with her three brothers, Harold, Leland (Lee), and Lloyd (Pete) Jr. and her two sisters, Bonnie and Mary Lou. Her mother died when she was eight, and she learned how to cook, sew, crochet and knit from her father where she also watched over her favorite dog Sandy, the house & farm. Her nicknames growing up were Sister and Jelly Bean and everyone today knew her as Geri.

She was married in 1943 to her first husband and had two sons, James Henry and Robert John. Robert lived to be 14 years old before his passing.

In 1951 Geri met the love of her life, Joseph (Joe) Gonzales, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When Joe was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1949, they decided to move to California and were married on November 20, 1952. Without warning and with much surprise, their only daughter, Mary Katherine (Kathy), was born. They moved to Norwalk in 1967. With banana trees all over the property, they began their life in a place they would call home forever.

Geri belonged to several organizations, but when Joe was raised to Master Mason, this was a truly special moment in time. Geri then began her life journey in the Order of the Eastern Star, Order of the Amaranth, Order of White Shrine and the Ladies Oriental Shrine, and they had a new mission in life to enjoy the Masonic family together.

Geri loved life and was always smiling and making jokes. She leaves behind her daughter, Kathy Vukmanovich, son-in-law, Leo Vukmanovich, her grandchildren, Leo Vukmanovich Jr., Courtney Inbody, Robert Inbody and his wife Kendall Inbody, as well as her dog, Little Princess.

A private service will be held at Rose Hills Memorial Park where she will be “together forever” with her husband, Joe.

Betty Jean Connor-Latronica-Hixon

November 3, 1934 - February 19, 2019

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Betty Jean Connor-Latronica-Hixon, passed away peacefully at her home with her husband of 34 years, Jim Hixon, by her side on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 3:09 PM. She was 84.

Betty was born in Mobile, Alamaba in 1934. Her family moved to New York City and resided there until the untimely passing of her father, a shipyard worker. Her family then relocated to Youngstown, Ohio where her mother remarried. Betty resided there until she met and married Raymond Latronica in 1955. They moved to the Los Angeles, California in 1955 and purchased a home in Norwalk in 1956 where they raised their three children and she resided until her death.

Betty worked for Thrifty Drug Stores for 25 years and was grateful for and proud of her union affiliation. She had a fun-loving, dynamic personality. She taught ballroom dancing in the 1950’s and 60’s and enjoyed dancing for many years thereafter. She enjoyed outings at the beach, golfing and organizing golf tournaments.

She was a resident of the greater Los Angeles area for 64 years. She was preceded in her death by her first husband, Raymond Latronica, her sister Linda Campbell, her brother, Roy Case, her daughter in-law Terri Latronica, and her son Ollie Latronica. She leaves behind her loving husband Jim Hixon, her sister Marie Bevis, her daughter Allison Minugh, her son Patrick Latronica, 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Stephanie Eileen Alvarado Elizarraraz

August 9, 1983 - May 15, 2017

Stephanie Eileen Alvarado Elizarraraz was born August of 1983 and raised in Norwalk, California.
Her talent was recognized at the tender age of 6 when a local band leader, Sebatian Juarez, heard her sing “Angel Baby” at a family function and without hesitation invited her to sing at all his gigs. Her loving family encouraged her to develop her immense voice by taking her to her performances and supporting her young career. She continued to perform locally in talent shows, community events and church functions.
As a teenager, she was managed by Isreal Cortez who groomed her and advanced her career by connecting her with musicians and producers.
Stephanie’s soulful sultry voice has been heard by many not just in her home town, but around the world. Her voice took her on tours throughout Asia and parts of Europe. She also performed for the USO Tour in Baghdad for the United States troops with the band Soto. She shared the stage with groups such as, Malo, Brenton Wood, Tierra, Rocky Padilla, El Chicano and Teena Marie. Her voice is also featured on a new song “Hideaway” by Opra that will be released worldwide in summer 2017.
Her untimely medical condition, cancer, forced her to stop her singing career to focus on her health. Stephanie was also a licensed vocational nurse, wife and and mother of three handsome boys. She gained strength from her strong belief in God and the support of her family, friends and fans. No matter what the future held, the stage of life was hers and she stood front and center claiming Victory.
She became our singing angel on May 15, 2017 at 4:00pm

Services will be open for all to attend:

Viewing:
Date: Thursday May 25, 2017
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Rose Hills Whittier
Sky Rose Chapel

Funeral:
Date: Friday May 26, 2017
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Where: Rose Hills Whittier
Sky Rose Chapel
Burial immediately after

Stephanie requested that no one wear black. On the day of the funeral she’d like everyone to wear white (all white not necessary).