Virginia Gonzalez Sanchez, 1931 — 2013
Virginia Gonzalez Sanchez
1931 — 2013
Virginia Gonzalez Sanchez died at the age of 82 surrounded by family and friends on Nov. 29.
She has left her earthly existence to join her husband of 50 years, Pascual H. Sanchez, in joyful reunion with all those who preceded her.
She leaves behind her earthly treasures: five of seven adult children, 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren and the love of a very large and extended family, including brother Arturo Alberto Cortez, 87, and a younger sister Grace Rodriquez, age 78. Virginia will be remembered for her passion for life, deep sense of commitment as a citizen and pride in her cultural heritage.
Baptized in the faith at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Virginia’s constant faith carried her through whatever life brought her. She began singing in the church’s choir at age 11. She rose to become the director of the Spanish Language choir until 2010. She retired from her duties to deal with her health.
Virginia lived an extraordinary life defying social and cultural convention of her era. She was active in the education of her children within the school system and with outside activities. Via their participation in Club Ideal, she and her husband founded and directed a Mexican Folk Dance troupe in order to teach the cultural history to the children in her family and community.
Virginia’s work life was amazingly diverse. She was employed with Spencer of California until she was accepted to the U.S. Postal Service. She worked for the Postal Service in many capacities throughout her 30 year stint. But the positions she was proudest of were those of elected positions within her Union. She took a position at Tompkins Elementary until she retired for a second time due to her health in 2011. Needless to say, she will be missed.
Services for Virginia will be held at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, 407 W. "E" St. A vigil-rosary will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m., and the mass, followed by burial at Tehachapi Westside Cemetery, will be Friday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.
Virginia was a lively person who loved bright colors. Feel free to bring a brigh festive scarf blouse or shirt. She would want it that way.
A potluck dinner will be held after the mass. We encourage anyone who would like to contribute their favorite meal or dessert to come and share with us.