This online memorial was created in loving memory of Cornelia Gonzalo, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Cornelia's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Cornelia forever.
This page is created in loving memory of our aunt Cornelia Goltiao Gonzalo, born to Julian Goltiao and Valentina Ladia on September 18, 1919, in San Nicolas, Pangasinan, Philippines. Auntie Iyang as we all cousins called her was the 4th of ten children. Herminio, Lorenzo and Guillermo are the 3 older brothers, then comes Cornelia, Isidra, Florentina, and Marcelina, followed by 3 more younger brothers Daniel, Angelo, and Enrique.
She was survived by her remaining siblings Lorenzo Goltiao Sr. of American Canyon, California, Isidra Goltiao Aliboyog of San Nicolas, Pangasinan, Marcelina Goltiao and Daniel Goltiao Sr. of Daly City, California and great numbers of nieces and nephews here in U.S. and in the Philippines. Cornelia will be 90 this coming September.
Cornelia was married to the late Modesto DeVera Gonzalo. She is also survived by her five stepchildren: Modesto Gonzalo Jr., Demetria Bon, Rudolfo Gonzalo, Rosario Soriano who are all living in the Philippines. Cornelia's youngest stepdaughter is Incarnacion, married to Junior Catalan from Farefield, CA. They have three children, Dave, Ernie and Jennifer. All together, she has 18 stepgrandchildren.
She graduated from Philippine Normal College and received a bachelor of science in education withhonors. She then became an elementary teacher for many years. Her husband was also a teacher/principal of Red Arrow High School, Pangasinan, Philippines.
In her younger years, she taught folk dances to her friends and then joined numerous competition. She also did enjoy raising pigs.
In May 19 of 1991, she arrived in California from the Philippines. She stayed in Fairfield, Daly City for short time and then chose to relocate to Fremont and making it her permanent residence.
Cornelia was diagnosed with terminal edenocarcinoma (stomach cancer.) She was very sick but fought very hard to the end. She did not complain of any pain. I always ask her where it hurt so I could tell the nurses but she won't say anything.She would just smile. Her fight against cancer ended on April 2, 2009 at around 9:03 p.m. at Washington Hospital in Fremont. My very good friend, Cathy Norman and I arrived at the hospital at 9:05 p.m. We were 2 minutes late. Maybe that is how she wanted to exit. So that we who remains only remember the good days.
Jesus I Trust In You
I offer you the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity,
of Your Dearly Beloved Son,
Our Lord, Jesus Christ,
in atonement for our sins
and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
have mercy on us and on the whole word.
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
Our Lord said to Saint Faustina:
Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you ... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death ... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between my Father and the dying person, not as the Just Judge but as the Merciful Savior ... Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from my infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy ... Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy as a Novena
The Chaplet can be said anytime, but the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena. He promised, "By this Novena (of Chaplets), I will grant every possible grace to souls."