Antonio Lionila Gonzales
Funeral services for Antonio L. “Tony” Gonzales, 83 of Giddings, are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Giddings with Father James Olnhausen officiating. Burial will follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.
Tony passed away unexpectedly shortly after midnight on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.
Antonio Lionila “ Tony” Gonzales was born on January 17, 1928 in Giddings to Andres & Maria (Gonzales) Gonzales. He was united in marriage to Ernestine Cantu on September 26, 1948 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Giddings. Tony was employed as a signal man with the railroad, was a truck driver and also worked for Nutrena Feeds before owning and operating the ARCO & Texaco gas stations in Giddings for 15 years. He retired from the Texas Department of Transportation and was a faithful member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, a founding member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8085, a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council 1095 and a member of the Sacred Heart Society.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren, fishing, working and taking care of cattle at his farm and making barbeque. Tony was a great storyteller and always told and enjoyed a good joke. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andres & Maria Gonzales; a daughter, Cecilia Smith; five brothers, Domingo, Zacharias, Angel, Albert and Milton Gonzales; sister, Enedina Lopez; parents-in-law, Manuel & Carmen Cantu; four brothers-inlaw, Juan Gonzales, Robert Lee Ratcliff, Gilbert Cantu and Manuel Cantu; sister- in- law, Antonia Gonzales-Villegas and six nephews, Adrian Cantu, Kenneth Ratcliff, Ray Gonzales Jr., Michael Villareal, Patrick Garcia and Terry Garcia.
Tony is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ernestine Gonzales of Giddings; his children and their spouses, Mary Ann & Jerry Sudduth of Sealy, Esther & Sid Ferrales of Edmonds, WA, Cindy & Dennis Umlang of Conroe, Victor & Karen Gonzales of Giddings, Sylvia Sharp of Giddings and Veronica & Travis Hendrix of Giddings; nineteen grandchildren; three sisters, Rosa & Tomas Rodriguez of Elgin, Rosario “Chayo” & Armando Maldonado of Wimberly and Conception “Connie” & Sydney Villareal of Elgin; four brothers, Jose “Joe” & Mercedes Gonzales of San Antonio, Santos & Eleanor Gonzales of Tanglewood, Reyes “Ray” & Connie Gonzales of Pflugerville and Liborio “Lobo” & Carmen Gonzales of Giddings; four sisters-in-law, Rosa Gonzales of Paige, Martha Gonzales of Frisco, Rachel Gonzales of Giddings and Rebecca Ratcliff of Giddings; six brothers-in-law, Frank Cantu of El Campo, Inocencio & Josephine Cantu of Richmond, Eddie & Eloisa Cantu of El Campo, Freddie & Eva Cantu of Giddings, Manuel & Rosie Cantu Jr. of Boling and Ramiro & Virginia Cantu of Giddings.
Tony is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Sudduth, Christopher Ferrales, Kyle Umlang, Lance Umlang, Brian Umlang, Vinson Gonzales, Robby Sharp and Elijah Hendrix. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony’s godchildren and Tony’s coworkers from TxDot, Clarence Jatzlau, Herbert Michalk, Norman Berger, Clyde Farris, Herbert Hosea, Ernie Goerlitz, Dale Tomanetz, Paul Meinke, Lana Nickel, Gordon Jenke and Ray Pearson.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the St. Margaret’s Catholic Church Building Fund.