Highland: Obituaries

David Gonzalez, 54

David J. Gonzalez, 54, of Highland died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at his home.

A funeral Mass was held on Monday, April 13 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Charles A. Edwards, pastor, officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland was in charge of arrangements.

He was born on July 14, 1960 in Highland to Oscar and Julia Marie (Bernaix) Gonzalez. On May 15, 1992, he married Marcia L. Zampogna. She survives in Highland.

Mr. Gonzalez was raised in Highland and graduated from Highland High School in 1978. He attended Southern Illinois University. He had worked in Atlanta, Ga., was a dispatcher for the city of Highland, and he also worked for Lettie’s Daylee Gas Station and as a Country Companies insurance agent in Greenville.

He enjoyed golfing, barbecuing, reading, programming and using his computer to network online. He dedicated years to being available for those in crisis. He was a proud father and husband.

He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, Knights of Columbus Council 1580 in Highland, Parents and Friends of Mater Dei High School in Breese, and the Parents and Friends of St. Louis University.

Other survivors include a son, Rocco D. Gonzalez of Highland; a daughter, Lucia J. Gonzalez of Highland; sisters, Jeannie Ray of Jackson, Miss., Jerri E. (Dr. Steve) Stone of Trenton and Shelli A. (Sam) Robison of Raymond, Miss.; brothers, Donald J. (Renee) Portell of Highland, Louis R. Gonzalez of Collinsville and Ric A. (Lisa) Gonzalez of Savannah, Ga.; his father-in-law, Gregory J. (Judy) Zampogna of Yulee, Fla.; brothers-in-law, Christopher J. (Lisa) Zampogna of Solon, Ohio, and Philip E. (Mary E.) Zampogna of Highland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, both of whom died in 1996; his mother-in-law, Jacquelyn Zampogna Ashcroft, who died in 2000; and a brother-in-law, Don Ray, who died in 2013.

Memorials may be made to to the family.

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