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Jose "Joe" Luis Gonzalez

January 16, 1944 — February 15, 2024

Jose "Joe" Luis Gonzalez, age 80, late of Calumet City, IL passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024. He was a respected member of his community and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We celebrate the life of Joe Gonzalez, a remarkable individual whose impact on those around him will forever be cherished. 

 Joe is survived by his son, Steven Gonzalez. He is also remembered fondly by his siblings; Angela (Peter) Torres, Ruben (Imelda) Gonzalez and Hector (Katherine) Gonzalez and was preceded in death by his brother Tirso Gonzalez. Additionally, Margarita Carrillo was Joe's cherished companion throughout the years, providing love and support during both happy and challenging times. Joe was adored as a dear uncle by many nieces and nephews who held a special place in his heart.

 Born to Jose and Aida Gonzalez, Joe grew up with determination and ambition coursing through his veins. He served his country in the U.S. Army with pride and honor. Joe's military service shaped his character, instilling in him a sense of duty, loyalty, and resilience that would carry him throughout his life. Afterwards, Joe became a dedicated member and was a former Commander of the American Legion Post #1238 South Deering. He considered his involvement with this esteemed organization as both an honor and a privilege. 

Following his military service, Joe embarked on an extraordinary career at the Continental Baking Company with Wonder Bread. Using the Business Administration Degree he had earned from St. Joseph College, Joe quickly rose through the ranks to become the sales manager. His exceptional skills and leadership qualities earned him the position of district manager for Illinois and Wisconsin. As a committed employee and top seller, he exhibited unyielding dedication to his craft. His colleagues admired his go-getter attitude and his innate ability to foster strong relationships with clients. Joe's exemplary work ethic left an indelible mark on the company and earned him the respect and admiration of those who had the pleasure of working alongside him.

 After retirement, Joe found immense fulfillment assisting at Griesel Jiménez Stodden Funeral Home. For several years, he wholeheartedly committed himself to helping families through some of their most challenging times. Known for his empathic nature and unwavering support, Joe touched countless lives with his kindness.

Beyond his professional achievements, Joe was deeply involved in various community organizations that aimed to make a positive difference in people's lives. He served as the PTA president at Dickson Middle School, demonstrating his commitment to education and the well-being of students. Additionally, he held the respected position of chairman for the Leader Dogs for the Blind, further highlighting his dedication to helping others. His compassion knew no bounds as he dedicated his time and energy to making a positive impact on those around him.

 One of Joe's most notable achievements was his involvement with the Southeast Lions Club. Not only was he a past president of this esteemed organization but he also received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award – the highest international award – which recognized his exceptional service and unwavering dedication. Joe's impact on this club extends far beyond words, as he selflessly contributed to its success and growth. Joes’ countless hours to philanthropic endeavors benefited numerous individuals and causes close to his heart. 

 As a man of faith, Joe was an active parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in South Chicago, St. Victor Church in Calumet City, IL, and a parishioner of All Saints Church in Hammond, IN. He approached life with an open heart, always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need.While a parishioner of St. Victor Church (now closed), Joe's devotion was recognized by Cardinal Cupich who presented him with a special recognition plaque from the Chicago Archdiocese. This plaque symbolized Joe's outstanding service not only to the church but also to the community at large. His faith played an integral role in guiding his actions and being a source of strength during challenging times. His devotion to his religious communities demonstrated his unwavering commitment to living a purposeful life guided by his beliefs. 

Though his loss leaves a void in the lives of those who loved him, Joe will forever be remembered for his dedication, kindness, and unwavering commitment to family, country, community, and faith. Through his persistent dedication, generous spirit, and commitment to others, he exemplified the true meaning of selflessness.

 In honoring Joe's memory, let us celebrate the accomplishments of a life well-lived. We fondly remember his boundless energy and the impact he made on countless lives. May he rest in eternal peace knowing that he made a difference in this world.

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