Emma Gonzalez, 87, Denver

By on August 15, 2012

Emma H. Gonzalez, 87, of Denver, went home to her eternal reward Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at Cocalico Christian Home, Denver.

She was born in Lancaster County to the late John S. and Amanda (Horting) High and was the wife of the late Jorge L. Norat Gonzalez Sr., with whom she shared 53 years of marriage before his passing in 2008.

Emma was a member of Muddy Creek Mennonite Church, Denver.

Emma is survived by six daughters: Anna Mary, wife of James Hoover, of Ephrata; Miriam, wife of Louis Lauver, of Lititz; Rachel, wife of Anthony Rivera Sr., of Stevens; Naomi, wife of Floyd Halteman, of Wrightsville, Ga.; Martha, wife of Gary Schleifenheimer, of Birdsboro; and Esther, wife of Kenneth Garman, of Stevens; a son: Daniel, husband of Orpha (Lehman) Gonzalez, of Denver; 23 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four stepdaughters: Mirta, wife of Pedro Melendez, of Puerto Rico; Hilda Matos, of Charlottesville, Va.; Norma Gonzalez, of Stevens; Irma Bonilla, of Lancaster; two stepsons: Joseph, husband of Anna Mary (Pfautz) Gonzalez, of Reamstown; George Gonzalez Jr., of East Dublin, Ga.; 13 stepgrandchildren; 30 step-great-grandchildren; 12 step-great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Lydia Martin and Mary Parbel, both of Myerstown; four brothers: Melvin, husband of Anna (Zook) High, of Donna, Texas; Christian High, of Manheim; Luke, husband of Mary (Musser) High, of Myerstown; and Jacob, husband of Arlene (Gehman) High, of Mifflintown.

In addition to her husband, Emma was preceded in death by a daughter: Ruth Gonzalez; grandson: Brent M. Halteman; stepgrandson: Pedro Bonilla; two sisters; and five brothers.

Funeral services were held at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church on Aug. 8. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Emma’s memory may be made to Cocalico Christian Home, 316 N. Fifth St., Denver, PA 17517.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences may be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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