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December 2, 1948 ~ July 13, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Mario Gonzalez, a retired educator and coach, passed away on July 13, 2023 at 74 years of age.
Mario is survived by his loving wife, Ofelia C. Gonzalez of San Antonio, Texas; his children, Lori Ann (Kris) Barber of San Antonio, Texas, Judith Marie Gonzalez of Loveland, Ohio, Mario Omar (Laura) Gonzalez of Dover, Tennessee, and Kristina Lea (James Bradley) Sosebee of Godley, Texas; sister, Consuelo (Jacob) Munoz of Georgetown, Texas; grandchildren Christian Salmon, Kris Barber, Jr., Kayla (Jildo) Ramos, Adan Manuel Gonzalez, Mario Omar Gonzalez, Jr., and Jaymison Piper Sosebee; great-grandchildren, Wyatt Ramos, Sage Ramos, and Theo Ramos.
Mario was born to Natalia & Bartolo Gonzalez, in Alice, TX, on December 2, 1948. He is preceded in death by both parents and brother Jesus Ricardo (Guadalupe) Gonzalez.
Mario graduated from William Adams High School in 1967. He continued his education at Texas A&I University in Kingsville where he earned his B.S. in Political Science, Health, and Physical Education (1972) and M.S. in Mid-Management (1988). Mario married his college sweetheart, Ofelia, in 1970. The two moved from Alice, TX to Hebbronville TX, where they welcomed four children. He was a loving husband and a devoted, supportive father. Throughout his career, Mario was a passionate educator who positively impacted the lives of many students, athletes, and colleagues. Whether in the classroom, behind the wheel, or on the baseball field- Mario imparted wisdom, compassion, and understanding to his students. As an avid hunter, Mario spent much of his free time in the ranches of South Texas. He shared this past time with his close friends, son, and grandsons. He brought laughter to many with his signature “dry humor” and will be sorely missed by his community of friends, neighbors, and family across Texas and Ohio.
A Celebration of Mario’s Life and visitation will be held at Holmgreen Mortuary in Alice, TX on Monday, July 24th beginning at 4:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6:00 p.m.
Services entrusted to Funeraria del Angel Howard-Williams Funeral Home.