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Rev. Msgr. Antonio Garcia Gonzalez

Deceased: 2011-12-09

Diocese: LUBBOCK

ICTE Fall: 2001

The Reverend Monsignor Antonio Gonzalez, 76, of Plainview passed away Friday, December 9, 2011, at Prairie House Living Center in Plainview.

Monsignor Gonzalez was born July 22, 1935, in Amarillo to the late Bernardino and Joaquina Gonzalez.

He became an ordained Catholic Priest in 1962 in Amarillo and served numerous parishes throughout his ministry including Our Lady of Grace in Lubbock from 1962 to 1963; from 1963 to 1964, he served at St. Margaret Mary in Lamesa and Sacred Heart in Plainview.

He led the Cursillo Movement from 1964 to 1990 and in 1985 became a Monsignor and remained at Sacred Heart until 1986, where he returned to Our Lady of Grace until 1988.

From 1988 to 1996, he served at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Slaton and then served at St. Patrick’s until 1997.

From 1997 till 2000, he served at Our Lady of Grace and served at St. Mary’s in Spur until his retirement in 2001.

He is preceded in death by two sisters, Dr. Rosa Gonzales in 2011 and Maria “Cuca” Renteria in 2009.

He is survived by three brothers, Ignacio Gonzalez and Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez, both of Austin, Bernardino Gonzalez of Baltimore, MD; three sisters, Esperanza Perez of Ft. Worth, Sister Maria Elena Gonzalez, RSM of San Antonio, and Guadalupe Alderete of Ft. Worth.

Services are as follows, he will be in state today, Sunday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Christian Renewal Center located at 4620-4th Street in Lubbock with a rosary to be held at 7 p.m. and mass following.

On Monday, he will be in state for viewing from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Plainview located at 211 W. 7th Street with rosary at 6 p.m. and mass following with Father Reymundo Manriquez officiating assisted by Father Ernesto Lopez.

On Tuesday, mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church 3111 Erskine with The Most Reverend Bishop Placido Rodriguez, CMF officiating. Burial will be in Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park under the direction of Calvillo Funeral Home and Chapel.

Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Flores, Trinidad Zermeno, Alfonso Posadas, Epimenio Salinas, Michael Renteria and Gabriel Perez.

Active pallbearers will be Father Rudy Crasta, Father Ernesto Lopez, Father Martin Pina, Father Rene Perez, Father Mike Melcher and Father Reynaldo Manriquez.