Andrea ""Andy"" Gonzalez,
49, passed away at her home on Miwuk Acres in Acampo after a courageous
fight with cancer on Nov. 26, 2015. She left this world to be with the Great
Creator and her eldest sister Toni (Noons). Andrea was born Feb. 27, 1966
in French Camp, raised in Galt, attended and graduated from local schools
Andrea is survived by her husband John whom
she met in 1979. They became teenage sweethearts and married on May 14,
1983. They continued to be soul mates and best friends for 351/2 wonderful
years. She is also survived by daughter Andrea Jeanette (Moses) Flores,
son John Jr. (Cristina), son Demitri (Brooke) and son Andrew (Magda); mother
Velma White Bear, father Anthony Lopstain; sisters, Tina Barron, Madeline
Romero, Stephanie Lopstain, Angelina Gonzalez; brothers Joseph Lopstain,
Manuel Lopstain, Anthony Lopstain; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles,
cousins, in-laws and adopted sister Victoria (TuTu) Garcia. She was Uma
to her loving grandchildren Elijah (Witwetoo), Cristina (Baby Girl), Julian
(JuJu), Dominic (Baby Dee), Violet (Lollipop), Maylauna (NaNa), Olivia (Lovie),
Andre (Tater). Andrea will be missed by her two pomeranians, Wee Wee and
Bear, who were with her for 11 years.
Andrea enjoyed working as the bookkeeper in
the family business with her husband and their boys. She also considered
all of the employees as her second family. Andrea gave many teenagers an
opportunity to learn a skill. She was a great teacher and mentor for Magda,
who became a regular employee. Andrea had the ability to be a good listener
and enjoyed having conversations that created friendships with many customers.
Andrea was actively involved with her kids'
interests and her grandchildren's school, sports and dance activities. She
supported many different causes and fundraisers for local area schools including
Project R.I.D.E. in Elk Grove; i.e., FFA, 4-H, Cancer Research, Elk Grove
Food Bank, Wounded Warriors, Gifts for Native Children, Food for Elders
and Families. She also helped out with children that were placed in her
care and provided attention, guidance, love, a loving home atmosphere and
discipline when necessary. She would encourage them to correct their actions,
and she was an example to follow.
Andrea is a tribal member of the California
Valley Miwok Tribe and was very proud to be American Indian. She worked
diligently to organize, prepare for and participate in tribal events. She
opened her home and property for the tribal cultural activities and tribal
meetings, and was an awesome organized hostess for beading classes, making
earrings, necklaces; gathering and preparing natural materials for weaving;
basket weaving, leatherwork for moccasins, constructing dream catchers;
organizing family reunions, holiday gatherings, barbecues, memorials and
Miwuk language classes and native dance regalia. She also allowed her home
and property to be used for family weddings, birthdays, baby showers, sleepovers
and movie nights. She was also involved in making sure there were enough
gifts for Christmas for all children and adults that attended the tribal
Christmas parties. She would purchase many more gifts than needed.
Andrea was thankful for the opportunity to travel.
She thoroughly enjoyed her trips to many different resorts and cruises out
of the country. She especially enjoyed going to camp at the annual Bear
Dance Spiritual Camp in Yosemite and going to Dillon Beach to relax. She
also loved taking the family to play in the snow and stay in a cabin at
Lake Tahoe, attend Pow Wows and Big Times in various locations and Indian
reservations. She enjoyed Six Flags and amusement parks, fishing and taking
her grandchildren on outings in the travel trailer. She always offered accommodations
for other family members that wanted to travel. She loved being with her
entire family and always tried to include them in events that she wanted
Beloved Andrea was a special person, for sure, and will forever live on
in her family's hearts and minds through their travels, traditions and gatherings.
The music she loved will be a constant connection to the memories shared
and the life she lived.