Ursula Anna Gonzales, age 81, passed away peacefully of Alzheimer’s on January 13, 2021 at New Dawn Memory Care in Colorado Springs.
She was born in Haida kreis Laipa, Czechoslovakia to the late Herta Goth and Heinrich Focke. Uschi (as she was called) attended Volkschule Hausen then Berufschule Obertshausen. After Berufschule, she worked at leathercrafts learning how to design and make purses.
“That little one is mine” were the words spoken by her future husband after seeing Uschi dancing with her friend Irene. While love at first sight is instantaneous, protocols are not. After a yearlong courtship, seven months of paperwork and with approval of her mother on July 17, 1958, she was married in a civil ceremony in Langendiebach, Germany and later (at her mother’s insistence) in a church ceremony in Fleigerhorst Kaserne, Germany to SP4 Louis Gonzales.
Uschi is survived by her husband Louis, daughter Cordula, son-in-law David Schreck, granddaughter Katie and her husband Alex Tardieu, grandson Eric Schreck and his wife Shelly, great-granddaughter Charlie Kate, and her brother Karl-Heinz and his wife Evi of Germany.
Ursula was predeceased by her mother and father, son Louis III and sister Doris (Ludwig) Kraus.
What followed after marriage was a military life with periodic moves. An achievement during this time was her gaining American citizenship of which she was extremely proud. After their retirement from the military (she always considered herself as being in the military), she was employed by Ford Aerospace as a data entry operator and subsequently as a computer operator. As a data entry operator, she was fast, accurate and responsible for providing computer runs to teams bidding for defense contracts. On one occasion, she was asked to present at a team meeting. “This can’t be good,” she thought. The chair of the meeting said “there is a billion dollar mistake in this computer run. Can you explain this?” Her quick reply was “well, at least it’s good that you’re able to find a billion dollar mistake,” which was met with laughter. As an aside, she was probably thinking of her favorite saying “Fake it till you make it.”
We greatly appreciate the care, empathy and consideration provided by the caregivers, nurses and staff during her residence at New Dawn Memory Care.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Shrine of Remembrance Chapel on January 29, 2021 with Chaplain Nathan Warn as the officiant.
If you wish, a donation in remembrance of Ursula may be made to the Dementia Society of America by mail to P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or online at www.DementiaSociety.org/donate.