Age 68, of East Lansing, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:15 a.m. after several years of illness and declining health. Dorothy was born July 19, 1943 to parents Jesse M. Gonzales and Susie V. Gonzales both of whom are now deceased.

Dorothy retired from the Michigan Dept. of Mental Health having served as Director of Multi-Cultural Services.  Dorothy was also elected to the MSU Board of Trustees for 2 terms totaling 16 years of service.

Dorothy was a devoted and loving mother to sons Todd A. Torres and Mark A. Torres. She is survived by her sons; brothers, Richard Gonzales and wife Pamela, Chicago, IL, George Gonzales and wife Roxanne, Corpus Christie, TX; sisters, Jill A. Niera, San Antonio, TX, Ella Yiannatji, Grand Blanc, Michigan; and by uncles, aunts, cousins and extended family throughout the U.S.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012 and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. There will be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to the TOCE/L.U.P.E. Scholarship Endowment, University Advancement, Michigan State University, 300 Spartan Way, East Lansing, MI 48824.

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    Elaine Perez-Garnett Says:

    Our condolences go out to Dorothy’s family. Dorothy you will be missed a great deal and know that you are with the Lord now and no longer suffering. May God keep you and finally give you rest for one day we shall meet again and be together again. (your cousin & her husband John).

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    Margaret A Perez cousin from San Antonio Tx. Says:

    Dorothy you will be missed dearly. Dorothy was named after my mom. Dorothy and I grew up together, she never forgot where her roots were here is San Antonio Tx.
    The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace ! Numbers 6:24-26

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    K.P. Pelleran Says:

    My condolences are extended to Dorothy’s family. I first met Dorothy more than 30 years ago through the Democratic network and my work as U.S. Senator Carl Levin’s Capital regional representative. Dorothy was a tremendous advocate for equality and equity. I admired her work and commitment. She was always a beacon of light in the often turbulent political sea that lacked female role-models. I will remember Dorothy as a kindred spirit who made a difference in the lives of so many others. My thoughts and prayers are extended to her family.

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