Abel Abdon Gonzalez, a revered member of the San Fernando Valley community died Friday, March 4th at age 82 of natural causes. Abel was a man who was never afraid to take risks. His hard work and perseverance was felt by many.
Abel, one of 18 siblings, was born May 5, 1933 in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. With only two years of education, he was top of his class and recognized for his brilliance by teachers. At this young age, his peers were also aware of his bright inclinations and predicted he would grow to leave a legacy. After several years of working, selling milk to townsfolk, and farming to help feed his family, he migrated to the United States to pursue the American Dream at age 13 with a packed lunch, and no money.
Being a sharp young man, Abel worked any opportunity he could. Sleeping in cars and under trees, Abel was determined to succeed no matter the circumstance. His journey of odd jobs brought him to San Fernando, California where he met Evangelina Cruz at the San Fernando Cinema. After a short courtship, they were married at Guardian Angel Catholic Church. Out of their love, four children were born.
Working for the union and doing side jobs in construction, he eventually ventured off on his own. Fearless in his pursuit, Abel actively, through word of mouth, created his empire. His integrity and kindness coupled with his leadership abilities is what established his well respected reputation known by many. Abel’s bold investments and savvy vision allowed him to become a successful businessman. Throughout his career, he created many jobs and helped many families throughout the Valley.
Despite being such a hard worker, Abel knew how to enjoy life. He and Eva were known for dancing weekends away and celebrating with their loved ones. They were continually surrounded by friends and family. They were happily married for 46 years until Eva’s death on September 8, 2002.
After losing his wife, Abel retired and decided to explore the world. Traveling with his family and friends he experienced different cultures and made lasting memories. After four years, Abel found companionship with longtime friend Esperanza Moreno. This endearing friendship led to a happy matrimony which lasted nearly 10 years.
Abel’s hard-work, loyalty and honesty can be found in his children and grandchildren. He leaves behind his wife Esperanza Moreno, children: Abel Gonzalez II (Sylvia), Albert Gonzalez (Alma), Aida Lepe (Carlos), Alicia Romero (Carlos) and 12 grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.
Abel’s Rosary will be held at St Didacus Catholic Church on Thursday, March 10th from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church Friday, March 11th at 10:00am and interment at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.