Riverside Funeral Home Albuquerque Los Lunas Santa Fe New Mexico


Joe L. (Lawrence) Gonzales


Joe L. (Lawrence) Gonzales, age 71 of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away Wednesday October 24, 2018 after a brief illness. Joe was born on November 19, 1946 in La Loma, New Mexico to Jose Amador and Margret Gonzales.


Joe was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ernie. He is survived by brothers Carlos, Rafael (Lori), Tom, Eddie (Marcy) and sisters Vangie, Connie, Chris and Aggie. sister in law Laura, 20 nieces and nephews and 20 great nieces and nephews. Joe also had so many life-long friends, too many to mention.


We will all miss our fun-loving brother, uncle and friend whose greatest pleasures were playing his saxophone, fishing, working out, travelling, gardening and hanging out with family and friends. He had great interest in helping and passing on his wisdom to his young family members. He was an accomplished musician, accountant, an avid reader, and a martial artist earning a black belt in TaeKwonDo. In his later years he even dabbled in painting and was “googling” something new every day.


Funeral mass will be held Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 at 9:00am at St. Anne Catholic Church., 1400 Arenal Rd SW 87123.  Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Luncheon will be back at the church hall to celebrate Joe’s life.  Floral donations can be sent to St. Anne Catholic Church. Honorary Pallbearers are Mike, Donovan, Phillip, Amador and Patrick. 
A special thank you to the heroic efforts of the brilliant staff and physicians at UNM Hospital Medical ICU, who diligently and unwaveringly cared for our Joe, all the while including the family in decision making and honoring Joe’s wishes.




Arrangements entrusted to:


 Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque


 225 San Mateo NE







Berto and Julia Chavez October 29, 2018

Friend Edgewood , New Mexico

Carlos and Gonzales family, sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you and guide you through this difficult time. RIP Joe!

Kathy Fortune. Tony Waters and Karla McKenna October 30, 2018

Friend , New Mexico

Joe holds a very special place in our hearts. My children and I did many camping, fishing and other trips from 1987 to 1999. He was a special person. Our deepest condolences.

Elias Q October 30, 2018


I wanted to add my condolences to the Gonzales' family and friends. Unfortunately, losing our loved ones in death is something all too common to humankind today. Thankfully, the Bible holds out a future for us that can bring us great comfort. This is mentioned at Isaiah 25:8, it says God will "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away tears from all faces." How wonderful this hope is, and soon we will be able to see our loved ones again.

Diana Zelnio November 02, 2018

friend ALBUQUERQUE , New Mexico

I am so sorry about Joe; he was always so nice and was a great friend to my son, Richard Fortune. He went too soon.