Grisell Garza-Gongora

June 19, 1960 - April 9, 2015
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Grisell Garza-Gongora, beloved daughter, sister, and friend to many, died peacefully surrounded by her family and loved ones on Thursday morning, April 9, 2015. A native Laredoan, graduate of United High School, and TAMIU alumni, Grisell touched the lives of those she knew with her thoughtful and endlessly kind spirit.

Grisell was born on June 19, 1960.

A wise person once said, the more generous we are, the more joyous we become. Those who knew and loved Grisell know that her generosity and joy for simple, quiet things—friends, family, long conversations with beloved cousins, nieces and nephews—was boundless. Always ready to lend a hand or an ear to those she treasured, Grisell loved and lived unconditionally. She was an accountant by trade, but her happiest times were as a Karate instructor.  As a black belt instructor she taught her students about the beauty of strength that can only come from within.

Grisell will be remembered for the things she gave of unconditionally: her warm smile, her time, and her tender spirit. Her greatest strength was how, in the midst of daily life, she looked for, and found love all around her.

With her unexpected absence, we are reminded that sometimes it’s best to slow down, and perhaps make the time to enjoy our coffee, listen to our favorite song, or even ponder the splendor of a flower in bloom that would have otherwise remained in the shadows of our busy day. This is what Grisell lived for: a mind at peace, an unhurried pace, a movie or a meal with a loved one, and the singing she kept in her memories.

She is preceded in death by her beautiful mother, Raquel Garza-Gongora, who she missed more than words can describe.

She is survived by her father, Lazaro Garza-Gongora, sisters Yvette Saenz, Rachel (Robert) Gutierrez, and brother Beto (Jill) Garza Gongora, and nieces and nephews, Kristina Saenz, Analise, Alexa, and Alyssa Gutierrez, Kattya and Rocco Garza Gongora. Her aunt and Godmother Mine Barrera and cousins who she considered her brothers and sisters, Ramiro (Adriana) Barrera, Cordy (Julianne) Barrera, Raul Barrera, Rene (Julie) Barrera, Cynthia Garcia, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will be receiving family and friends Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, where a holy rosary will be recited at 7:00pm.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015, at St. Patrick Catholic Church.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00am.  Interment will follow at the family plot of the Cavalry Catholic Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be: Robert Gutierrez, Rocco Garza Gongora, Ramiro Barrera, Raul Barrera, Rene Barrera, and Juan Canavati.

For your convenience you may sign the guest book or leave your condolences to the family online at

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. Laredo, TX. (956)723-3611.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Rosary at 7pm

Service Information

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


555 Del Mar Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Funeral Mass at 10am

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 11:00 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: June 19, 1960
Died: April 9, 2015

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Raymond Leal Jr. posted on 4/21/15

I accompany your sentiments on the passing of Griselle. I know she will be sadly missed but I also know you will have many pleasant memories of the time she spent with you. Her zest for life and goodness of heart will be with the Garza-Gongora family forever. Godspeed to heaven's latest angel.


David O. Ramirez posted on 4/17/15

My friends and I, from Hebbronville, would like to offer the Garza Gongora family our deepest condolences. We met Grisell while studying at LJC and Laredo State during the late 70s and early 80s. She was always kind, courteous, and friendly. She made us feel welcome in her home town. May she rest in peace, que descanse en paz.


Blanca Villines posted on 4/15/15

Lazaro and family. The family of Gilberto (El Borrado) and Eloisa Andrade wish to extend our deepest condolences to you during this very difficult time. May God bless and comfort you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, The Andrade Family


The (Montalvo) Puebla family posted on 4/15/15

So sorry for your loss. We pray for strength and comfort for your family at this difficult time.


Nelda Trevino posted on 4/14/15

My heartfelt condolences to the entire Garza-Gongora family. I was extremely saddend to learn the news of Grisell's passing. I will forever have fond memories of the many, many fun and joyous times that I shared with Grisell. In addition to her beauty and outgoing personality, her fun-loving and care-free spirit always lit up the room. I always smile when I think of Grisell and the incredible fun times we shared. God bless you, Grisell. May you rest in peace.


George Becerra posted on 4/13/15

Beto, my sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your sister.


Lucy Cantu Ramos posted on 4/13/15

Lazaro and family, my condolences for your loss of Grisell. You are in my prayers.


Raul P. Garcia Jr. posted on 4/13/15

Lazaro and family my deepest sympathies on the loss of your daughter, Gisell.


Lulu Granados posted on 4/13/15

Beto, My deepest condolences for you and your family. Giselle will always be in my prayers and in my heart. Het loving and giving ways will always be remembered. May God keep her close to him. May she rest in peace with all out beloved angles.


Patrick and Diana Alexander posted on 4/13/15

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May God bless you always and give you peace in the days ahead. Sincerely, Patrick and Diana Alexander


Bill Pope posted on 4/12/15

My wife Rosario and I are so very sorry for the loss of such a lovely and caring person. We were sorry to hear of Raquel's passing as well. God bless all of Grisell's family and close friends, especially Lazaro. Wonderful family! Rosario and Bill Pope


Joe Sanchez Jr posted on 4/12/15

My deepest condolences for your loss. Grisell, you were always a great friend and you will be missed. R.I.P.


Joel Ruiz posted on 4/12/15

Larry, family; Les acompaño sus sentimentos. Joel Ruiz


Debbie Wright Swisher posted on 4/12/15

I have only fond memories of my childhood friend, Grisell. Cute, sweet, fun, with a perpetual smile. Long forgotten memories of when we participated in elementary school sports, rising super early to be taken to the bus for the trip to the sporting event. To hanging out in high school and trying to stay out of trouble. Having fun was our number 1 priority! I'm certain Grisell will be missed by her family and all who knew her. Great personality, smart, full of life, and those gorgeous eyes! May she rest in the arms of Jesus.


Martha Diaz posted on 4/12/15

My most humble and sincere condolences to the Garza-Gongora family, May the lord grant you peace during this time of sorrow.


Lynn Pearson Shiner posted on 4/12/15

My sincere condolences to Grisell's family. I was a classmate at United High and will always remember Grisells enthusiasm, sweet smile and positive energy. She was a role model to many I am certain. RIP sweet lady.


Donato D Ramos posted on 4/11/15

Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.


Christina Gomez posted on 4/11/15

Your spirit will live within us forever. You are greatly missed. Thank you for the memories we shared . I will carry them in my heart for always. Til we meet again. God be with you. My condolences to the family . You are in my prayers -Christina Gomez