Elsie Gonzalez, 93, died Aug. 8, 2019, at Newton Presbyterian Manor. She was born Oct. 31, 1925, in Emporia to Jose and Benita (Sifuentez) Tafolla.
On Dec. 22, 1956, she married Jose “Koda” Gonzalez, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 2018.
Elsie worked as a licensed practical nurse for nearly 30 years. She studied and graduated from the El Paso State Hospital in Texas in 1952.
She was a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and served on the Altar Society of the church. Elsie had a deep love and affection for her family. Her greatest joy was seeing family together, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and their families. She was an accomplished seamstress and made clothing to share with others and was especially proud of a shirt she made for her late husband Koda.
Elsie was blessed with three children, daughter Paula M. Sifuentez Taffolla Whillock of Newton, and sons Socorro and his wife Willabeth, and Rolando and his wife Jennifer, both of Newton; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Devin Burns presiding. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will precede the Mass at 10 a.m. at the church. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Newton.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in care of Petersen Funeral Home.