Felicia (Phyllis) Gonzalez (neeTrotta) of Delray Beach Florida passed away on Sunday Nov 24th at the age of 82. She was the beloved wife of Frank Gonzalez for 51 years who preceded her in death in 2010. She was also preceded in death by her mother and father, Mary and Joseph Trotta, brother Frank Trotta and sister Teresa (Teta) Dotter
Phyllis was surrounded by all her children in the days preceding her death and while they comforted her, she returned comfort and grace to them.
Phyllis was born in New York City on June 7th 1937. She grew up in Paterson, NJ before settling down with her husband Frank in Elmwood Park where they resided for over 40 years. She spent the last 11 years residing in Delray Beach, Fla.
She is survived by her 5 children, son Frankie and daughter in law Jane of Aurora CO, son Vincent of Delray Beach, son Tracy of Haskell NJ, daughter Stefanie (Lonoff) of Delray Beach, daughter Cheri Lynn (Bufi) and son in law Joseph of Lyndhurst NJ,
her 10 grandchildren, (Elizabeth, Vincent, and Matthew, Ashley and Frankie,
Chad and Skylar, Alexa, Joseph and Lorenzo) and her 5 great-grand children - who referred to her as Gi-Gi. (Enzio, Franceska, Avery, Sofia and Emerson)
She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Rose, Elizabeth, Rose Marie, and Barbara, her many nieces and nephews and her loving friends.
Phyllis enjoyed bowling in a league for many years. She spent plenty of time at the Jersey shore where she and her husband owned homes in Seaside Hts. and Ortley Beach. She enjoyed the beach, and there she was happiest spending time with family and friends over the years. She was an avid supporter of St Jude's Children's Hospital.
Phyllis's family and friends are grateful for her long and happy life. She was feisty, full of spunk and full of love for us all. It is certain that she will be missed by family and friends whose lives she had touched. She opened her enormous heart as well as her home to anyone who was fortunate enough to meet her which was her absolute greatest quality. Her quick wit, infectious smile and selflessness will be dearly missed. She will always be fondly remembered and held close to our hearts.
Friends will be received on Thursday Dec 5th from 4-8 at Calhoun-Mania Funeral Home
19 Lincoln Avenue, Rutherford NJ.
A Mass of Christian Liturgy will be held in celebration of Phyllis's life on Friday December 6, 2019 10:00 am at St. Leo's R.C. Church in Elmwood Park NJ. Interment to follow at St Mary's Cemetery, Saddle Brook NJ.