Fidencio Gonzalez

Pilsen neighborhood: Fidencio Gonzalez-Madrigal (1944 – 2019)

Fidencio Gonzalez was a loving human being. Born to Epifanio Gonzalez Garza and the late Santos Madrigal on December 12, 1944. His angels in heaven called him home on July 27, 2019 at the age of 74. He passed away peacefully at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, IL with family by his side.

“Don Lencho,” as he liked to be called by friends, wore many hats: Hijo, Hermano to 11 brothers and sisters and their spouses, Tio to 18 nieces and nephews, 17 great-nieces and great-nephews, Amigo to everyone, Dad to his sons, Daddy to his daughters, Grandpa to 42 grandchildren, and Great Grandpa to 15 great grandchildren, Farmer, Landscaper, and Grower of Life.  Fidencio placed each hat on his head with pride and wore it with open arms and an open heart.

Fidencio loved his parents, his children, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren, his siblings and their families. He valued his friends and neighbors and worked daily tending to his garden on 17th street. He passed his days sitting on his porch talking to family, friends, and strangers, or you could see him sitting by his garden scratching bingo cards, drinking coffee and on the phone. As people passed to admire his life’s work, you could hear his music in the back ground as he cultivated and watered his garden. On occasion you would hear him serenaded his pets Paloma, Bowser, Sasha, and Bagira, who were always nearby watching and protecting over their Grandpa Lencho, who loved life.

Fidencio fought to the end. He lost his battle with Lung Cancer, but he did not suffer any pain. He allowed the strongest and best part of him to choose when to go; his heart. Our Gardner in heaven may you bless us with your strength and may your garden be as great as the one you left behind. God speed.

Fidencio was survived by his parent and the families of his children:

His father Epifanio Gonzalez Garza and late wife Santos Madrigal.

His ex-wife Esperanza Gonzalez and their children together:


His son Fidencio Gonzalez Jr & wife Martha Gonzalez and their children:

Fidencio Salomon Gonzalez, Gabriel Martinez, Elizabeth Marie Gonzalez

His children with Sofia Torres:

Arron Torres, the late Amanda Gonzalez

Tiffany Rico & Goodrich Baniaga and their children:

Amanda Rico, Marcus Rico and Gage Baniaga


His son Mauricio Gonzalez & wife Anel B. Gonzalez and their children:

Mauricio M. Gonzalez Jr, Anthony A. Gonzalez, Crystal Gonzalez, Catherine Gonzalez

Cynthia Gonzalez and her son:

Aiden Aboytes


His daughter Maria De Los Santos Rivera and her children:

Edwin D. Rivera, Lucila M. Rivera, William N. Rivera, Connie J. Rivera, Corina M. Rivera

Irene & Jose Arreola and their children:

Tristian Arreola, Joseph Arreola, Daniel Arreola, Axel Arreola


His daughter Letisia Martinez & husband Juan M. Martinez and their son:

Joshua M. Martinez

Her daughter with Bernard B. Lopez:

Gena Lopez & partner Braulio Villanueva and their children:

Julian A. Lopez, Nevaeh M. Lopez, Lareina A. Lopez, Elaina A. Lopez, and Ariyah S. Lopez


His daughter Dolores M. Skenandore & husband Robert A. Skenandore and their children:

Bobbi Juanita Skenandore, Thomas Raphael Skenandore and Dolores Danielle Skenandore

Cheryl Ann Skenandore & Angel Gonzalez and their daughter:

Emilia Skenandore Gonzalez


His son Fabian Gonzalez & partner Letty Hurtado

His child with Sylvia Fraga:

Micaella Gonzalez


His son Adrian Gonzalez & wife Cecilia Gonzalez and their children:

Natalia Victoria Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez, Sebastian Gonzalez, Isabella Cecilia Gonzalez and Salma Sole Gonzalez


His son Nicholas Gonzalez and his children with Mayela Estrada:

Melina Rain Estrada, Michael Moon Gonzalez and Mia Sunshine Gonzalez

Nicholas Storm Gonzalez and his children with Kayla Gonzales :

Iris Emilia Gonzalez and Kaia Rose Gonzalez.


His son Salvador Gonzalez


His daughter Amabelia Gonzalez & husband Miguel Beltre and their children:

Avanni Beltre and Angel Beltre

Her children with Jaime Trujillo:

Abigail Trujillo and Jaime Trujillo


His son David Gonzalez


His son Ignacio Gonzalez and his partner Melia Calderon and their Children:

Destiny Melia Gonzalez and Noah Ignacio Gonzalez


His son Steven Gonzalez a his children with Vivian Verdin:

Steven Gonzalez Jr and Vivica Gonzalez

His son with Amalia Carina Diaz:

Javier Edwardo Gonzalez


His daughter Adelaida Gonzalez & partner David S. Garcia


Memorial Service in Chicago: Visitation – Friday August 9, 2019 at Christian Fellowship Church,

4220 W. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60629, from 2pm until 8pm.


Final Road Trip Home (Chicago to Mexico) – Leaving Saturday Morning, on August 10th from

1513 W. 17th Street and Arriving Sunday, August 11th to

En Ecebar Funeral 49890 E. 83 Roma TX 78584, where we transfer possession of casket and cross into Mexico on Sunday.


Funeral Service in Mexico:   Visitation – Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Capillias Y Funerals

San Antiono Aldama 7002 Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, TBA

Burial – Monday August 12, 2019 at Cementerio en Congregacion Bernabe

Botellos  De Arriba, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.


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  1. Tio Lencho, although I wasn’t able to see you much due to distance, one thing I’ll never forget is that you never let your smile and laugh go, I could hear you and Adelaida laugh all day as y’all sat outside of Welitas house in the rocking chairs. From tequila talks to just a good story, there was always something positive about your ambience. It would really help mom alot when you called as well, it was great hearing your voice, and being the bigger brother i’m sure you were part of her foundation. Although there’s really not much i could bring out to say at this moment, I hope you lived on earth well and will continue to protect us from above with Welita and Tio Demetrio. We miss you.

  2. Letisia Martinez

    Hello Dad,

    I just wanted to let you know that you were the hardest working man I’ve ever known. I remember having to take off your dirty boots almost every day growing up. It didn’t matter to me because, I enjoyed those moments with you I also, remember having to make you favorite salsa everyday as well. You are a one of a kind dad that had a mix of love, kindness, patients, and always spoke from the heart and never held back your true feelings. You are a true healer in life and rest. I will forever speak to you through my heart and prayer. I Love you so much dad..
    Love Your Daughter Letty.

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