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Aurora Grace

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

Past Comments

Cat Taylor

Having come upon the obituary for Aurora Grace I must send my sympathy. We have had three nephews fall asleep in death very soon after birth. The trauma to hearts is amazing. Please know that others have you in their thoughts. I am a Bible student and often send comfort by way of a scripture at times like this. Our Creator is not responsible for what your family has to go through right now. He does care about your suffering. Death is an enemy for us. – 1 Corinthians 15:26 It will be done away with in the future. – Revelation 21:4 There will be a resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteous. – Acts 24:15 Philippians 4:6,7 assures us that if we “pray to Our Creator with petitions and thanksgiving, the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” When we’re overwhelmed by our loss Our Creator can calm hearts and ease emotions, even if it’s only for a little while. We can go on another day. Knowing that her twin was very close to her, my prayers go out to you all. He will feel her absence. Draw him and all close to your hearts and continue to keep Aurora’s lifetime alive. Sincerely, Cat

Debra A Ortiz

I have known Martha (Aurora’a grandmother) for some years now, and I could always feel the love she has in her heart when she would talk about family. When I saw her in May, she was so proud and happy to show me pictures of the newest additions to her family, her twin grandchildren, Aurora and Alexander. The pictures were all so precious.

When Martha told me about Aurora’s passing, I could feel the pain in her heart, but I am so happy that she did have her in her life, if even for a short time. Martha, my prayers are with you, your daughter and her husband, and your entire family. You are blessed to have friends and family to surround you during such a difficult time.

Vanessa Rivera-Gonzales

I remember the first time I heard you cry when they took you out my stomach and when they showed me your beautiful face I fell in love. The first time I saw your smile is a memory I will forever keep in my mind. I miss you everyday and just wish I could hold you in my arms just one more time. I love you Aurora Grace!! You now live in my heart where you will forever stay. Until we meet again my Rora Rora!

Martha Hernandez (grandma)

My Dear Rora,

How I miss you, my little Angel. I just want you to know that Grandma Loves you so much. And even tho I know you are in the arms of Jesus, My heart still breaks for you. You have been such a Blessing in the life of your Family that loves you so much.I will cherish every memory of you, every moment that I held you in my arms, your smiles, your little hand holding mine. Oh my Rora how I miss you my precious baby. I thank God for sharing one of his little angels with us, even if only for a moment. You will always be my sunshine, you will always live in Grandmas heart, until the day we meet again. I love you with all my strength, with everything in me, my Rora. Love Grandma.

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