With a smile that could light up a room, little Aurora Grace Gonzales was a blessing in the lives of her family. In her short time with which to share her beautiful spirit, Aurora filled those around her with great joy. Truly an angel, she will be forever missed and remembered in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
The New Year brings a time of new beginnings in our lives. For Joseph “Joey” Gonzales and his wife, Vanessa Rivera-Gonzales, the year ahead was filled with hopes and dreams for a bright future with their family. By the New Year of 2014, Vanessa was filled with excitement and anticipation as she carried the blessing of twins.
Born on February 10, 2014 in West Allis, Wisconsin, Joey and Vanessa were overjoyed with the birth of their precious twins. Aurora Grace came into the world like the blessing of dawn for which her name implies, and her twin brother, Alexander Luis followed shortly after. From the beginning, Aurora and Alexander shared a bond felt only by two as they graced their family with unending joy.
Along with their parents and extended family, twins Aurora and Alexander also joined their siblings, Joseph Jr, age five, Izabella, age four, and Sophia, age two at home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were so excited to welcome their new little brother and sister, and since it had been many months, they could hardly contain themselves anticipating their births.
Joey left his job at the beginning of 2014 to stay at home and care for the children and help Vanessa prepare for the upcoming births. Once home from the hospital, it took some adjusting getting into a new routine, but for the most part, things went smoothly. The older children were very helpful keeping the babies occupied by singing them lullabies, fetching diapers, and keeping quiet when they were sleeping. With Joey at home, Vanessa returned to her job working as a billing specialist for EMS Billing Associates. Life was good for the Gonzales family. They had the love of family and were settling into life as they knew it in Milwaukee.
Baby Aurora was the happiest baby ever. She was a good baby, and only really fussed when she wasn’t near her twin brother, Alexander. She smiled at everything and everyone, especially Alexander. Like the little angel she was, she could hold tightly to a finger, expressing her love. Her eyes said it all in the love they conveyed, which is a beautiful memory which will always remain.
Although her time to love and be loved was all too brief, Aurora was a blessed gift. Just as she never had the chance to sing in the sun, there was no sorrow or tears in her little life, and all that remained was love. Such a profound loss in the hearts of those she leaves behind, little by little we will realize that she did not die, but lived, and that her life brought forth memories too beautiful to forget.
On Thursday, June 19, 2014, Aurora Grace Gonzales sadly died at home. She is survived by her parents: Joseph Gonzales and Vanessa Rivera-Gonzales; siblings: Joseph Jr., Izabella, Sophia, and twin brother, Alexander; grandparents: Martha and Irvin Hernandez, Angel Rivera, and Virginia Gonzales; great-grandparents: Guadalupe and Victor Rivera; aunts and uncles: Tony Gonzales, Paul Gonzales, Danny Gonzales, Jesse Gonzales, David Gonzales, Rachel Gonzales-Mares, Ricky Gonzales, Kassandra Rivera, Julio Rivera, Enrique Martinez, and Angel Rivera; great aunts and uncles: Mary Rivera, David Rivera, Rosalinda (Brian) Rivera, Ariel (Maricela) Roque, Luis (Kristina) Roque, Maricela Roque, and Ricardo Gonzalez.
Friends may meet with Aurora’s family on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 5 – 6:30 PM at the Suminski Family Life Story Funeral Homes-Niemann/Suminski location, 2486 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207 (414)744-5156 where the service to celebrate her life will take place at 6:30 PM. To share a memory or photo of Aurora and to sign the family’s online guest book, please visit www.lifestorynet.com.