Passed away peacefully on September 13, 2012. Gonzalo was born June 6, 1926 in Cd. M. Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico, and moved to Lansing in 1948 where he married, and spent the rest of his life working hard to take care of everyone he loved. He was currently of DeWitt, MI. Gonzalo loved baseball, circuses, garage sales, cowboy hats, casinos, yard work, and hosting family barbecues (pachangas). But he will be remembered most as the proud provider and patriarch of his large, loving family.
Gonzalo was preceded in death by his parents, Gonzalo and Elia (Guerra) Rios; his loving wife of 59 years, Lorenza (Bueno) Rios; and his brothers, Hector, Mario, and Alvaro Rios. He is survived by his children, Minerva (Ramon) Canales, Gonzalo Rios III, Rodolfo (Etelvina) Rios, Robert (Katy) Rios, Elia (Robert) L’Huillier, and Joe (Bonnie) Rios; his grandchildren, Ramon III (Leticia) Canales, Gilbert (Marci) Canales, Heather Cooper, Josh (Carla) Rios, Jessica (Dominic) Perrone, Jennifer (Michael) Munoz, Liza (Elton) Rios Jones, Gina (Jeff) Smith, Dominic (Kristin) Rios, Tasha (Nick Foster) Rios, Angela (Derrick) Stott, Monica (Alex) Van Assche, Loren L’Huillier, Mary L’Huillier, Julia Rios, Alayna Rios, Isac Rios, and Sophia Rios; his great-grandchildren, Ray IV, Sarai and Diego Canales, Conner and Peyten Cooper, Dominic V and Natalia Perrone, Anaiis Rios-Kasoga, Joshua Jr, Andon, and Raiya Rios, Danica Munoz, Madeline Rios, and Jossilyn Smith; his sisters, Licha (Noe) Lopez, Blanca Cruz, MariaElena (Humberto) Reynoso, and Elia Pineda; his brothers, Ramiro (Chata) Rios and Erasmo (Marta) Rios, family friend Pedro Jaramillo, and a large extended family in Texas and Mexico.
Gonzalo’s family will receive family and friends on Saturday, September 15, 4:00-7:00; and Sunday, September 16, 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 (Rosary at 7:00) at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m., at the Catholic Community of St. Jude, 801 Bridge St. in DeWitt. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tri-County Office on Aging, Senior Dining program, in loving memory of Gonzalo Rios, Jr.