LifeTimeline

George Mendonsa

    • APR

      George enters the World!

    1936
    • Life of being an Army "Brat" 1941-1951

    1941
    • Lived in Japan with family, due to father's military service

    1949
    • Lived in Paraguay, with family, due to father's military service

    1951
    • Graduated from Plant City High School

    1954
    • George Teaches High School Chemistry (1958-1959)

    • FEB

      Graduation from University of Florida

    1958
    • Completed Officer Training and moves to Monterey, CA

    1959
    • NOV 06

      Meeting Ish

    1960
    • MAY 19

      Marriage to Isabel (Ish)

    1961
    • OCT

      BIrth of first child, Rachael

    1963
    • Started working for IBM, computing for Apollo Space Program

    1964
    • Birth of second child, Linda (Linda Kay)

    • NOV

      Honorably Discharged from the Army

    1965
    • Birth of third child, Daniel

    1966
    • Moved to SF Bay Area, California and worked for IBM

    1969
    • Left IBM, went into Computer Consulting business (MetaCraft)

    1978
    • Taught at San Francisco City College (1979-1990s)

    1979
    • Hiking the Trails! (1990s-2000s)

    1995
    • Birth of Grandson, Langston

    1999
    • Moved to Concord (Brookview)

    2004
    • MAR 22

      New address: Heaven.

    2018
  • George enters the World!

    Plant City, Florida
    He came into the world as the youngest and third son of Maime and Authur Mendonsa, behind his brothers Gene and Don.
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    I love this picture. I don't think I have ever seen it.
  • Life of being an Army "Brat" 1941-1951

    George in letter to future mother-in-law- "Well, to start with, my life has been mostly one of travel. Our home has always been at Plant City, where we have a farm (which is not being farmed now). That’s where we were until 1941 when the War broke out. Dad was called back to active duty and from then until 1949 you could classify me as an “army brat”. We were on the MOVE. We lived in Newport, Ark., Stuttgart, Ark., Lakehurst, New Jersey, Belle Mead, New Jersey. In 1948, Kobe, Japan, Flushing, New York City, Belle Harbor, New York City—with occasional lay overs back at the “ole Homestead” at Plant City.
    Dad went off active duty in 1949, got a job in the Education division of the Institute of Inter American Affairs and the three of us (My two brothers were in school or service) went to Paraguay for a year. We came back home in 1951 and the folks have been there ever since."
  • Lived in Japan with family, due to father's military service

    Japan
  • Lived in Paraguay, with family, due to father's military service

    Paraguay
  • Graduated from Plant City High School

    Plant City, Florida
    Was salutatorian of his class of 100 or so.
    Rachael Gilchrist
    George Lynn and I were good friends all through High School and maybe Junior High too. I can’t remember when I first met him. We could laugh together, be serious together, and even cry together when things were really bad!
    He was a gentle and quiet man who could put proper perspective on what ever was being dealt with at the time. We were never “sweethearts”, just very good friends. The kind every teenager needs. The kind you look forward
    to being with when you were home from college for holidays.

    Do you have his High School Yearbook? If not, I’ll try to share his pictures from mine. Under his Senior Picture, the quote said “Measures, not men, have always been my mark.” He was held in high esteem in our H. S. because
    of his gentle ways and superior intelligence. He never called attention to himself, very humble.

    The description of his High School activities goes like this: P.C.H.S. 1,2,3,4; Student Council Representative 2; Key Club 3, 4; Library Club, Vice-President 3, Parliamentarian 4; Science Club 3, 4, Secretary 3, President 4;

    Honor Society 3, 4; Parliamentarian 4; Junior Play Cast; Speech Class Play Cast; MacDuff Clan, Lieutenant; Senior Play Cast.

    His fellow senior classmates voted him MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED. As I read the excellent obit, I saw clearly that they were right! I am so pleased he got to teach in the latter part of his career. He was surely an excellent professor.

    In High School, we liked to gather at the Mendonsa home and “hang out” listening to records. Brother Gene showed us the correct way to handle the LPs and then we got to play some of his too. The Mendonsa home was built so that
    the kids could be in one part of the house and the grown-ups could still have peace and quiet!

    Mrs. Mendonsa were especially tender towards my older sister, Mary Lee, and me, as we had lost our own mother early on in life. She really looked out for us with extra hugs and conversations. I sent a sympathy to George when she
    passed but there was no response from him. She was unique in her own way and I mean that in a positive way!

    George Lynn and I shared good times through the Presbyterian Youth Fellowship at the First Presbyterian Church in Plant City. We were few in number so all Jr. and Sr. High kids met together. I was pleased to read that he was still
    active in St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Hill.

    Betty (Barnes) Paschall - Plant City High School, Class of 1955
  • 3

    George Teaches High School Chemistry (1958-1959)

    Kissimmee, Florida
    As part of his college scholarship, George is required to teach for a school year after he graduates. So he deferred his military service to teach Chemistry and Science at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, FL. Attached is a letter related this this.
    By Rachael Gilchrist
  • 2

    Graduation from University of Florida

    Gainesville, Florida
    George graduated with a 3.13 GPA with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
    By Rachael Gilchrist
  • 2

    Completed Officer Training and moves to Monterey, CA

    United States
    Second Lieutenant George Mendonsa completed the officer basic course in Georgia. Soon afterwards he moves to Monterey, CA to serve and lead others in the army. He also made 5 parachute jumps!
    By Rachael Gilchrist
  • Meeting Ish

    Monterey, California
    George meets Ish at church on November 6, 1960. He had a dream the night before that he met a beautiful woman- and there she was in church!

    As it turns out, November 6 (2008) is when George's daughter, Rachael, had her first date with her husband to be.
    By Rachael Gilchrist
  • Marriage to Isabel (Ish)

    Monterey, California
    They married in Monterey, a few short months after they met. Isabel had been engaged to another man when they met in November, but after going back home in December, Ish realized that she missed George and that he was the one she wanted to marry. George wasn't going to let her get away and not take the risk of moving back to Florida without her in June, so they married in May and moved to Florida together shortly afterwards. George would go to grad school and study mathematics while Ish would teach English.
    Rachael Gilchrist
    Some pictures of artifacts from wedding and honeymoon.
    Rachael Gilchrist
  • BIrth of first child, Rachael

    Gainesville, Florida
  • Started working for IBM, computing for Apollo Space Program

    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Birth of second child, Linda (Linda Kay)

    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Honorably Discharged from the Army

    United States
    Captain George Mendonsa is honorably discharged.
  • 2

    Birth of third child, Daniel

    Huntsville, Alabama
  • 4

    Moved to SF Bay Area, California and worked for IBM

    Martinez, California
    Settled in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Martinez for over 30 years. George worked for IBM until 1978. Later he would work at San Francisco Community College. In both cases, he'd take public transportation into the City. He'd come back with some fun stories to share at dinner time with his family from the sights and sounds of his experiences in the City.

    Some of the pictures include George taking on the roof project that took him at least a couple of years to fix, in front of the house with family, in back of the house with Ish and PJ, and commuting to work.
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    This picture was taken right before Uncle George Lynn and family moved to California when the whole family came to visit us for the weekend when we lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia (Dekalb county next to Atlanta). This is in front of our house (his oldest brother Don Mendonsa family). This picture was taken by me, Andy Mendonsa, nephew to George. I would have been 13 years old at the time (December 1969).
    Linda Mendonsa
    Thank you so much for this wonderful photo--never before seen by me! (I'm the girl in the middle). :-)
  • Left IBM, went into Computer Consulting business (MetaCraft)

    Martinez, California
    In addition to teaching part-time at San Francisco Community College, George would assist Ish at her Senior Services Agency at times, and work on his projects for his company Metacraft. Rachael recalls the hours and hours he would spend in his office on the computer. He loved computers and we were probably one of the few families with a laptop type computer and internet access in the 1970s before computers came into the public domain.
  • Taught at San Francisco City College (1979-1990s)

    San Francisco, California
    He taught Intro to Computing classes for many years, and really enjoyed his students who were often new English learners and working on their citizenship, too. - Linda

    I remember he was really trying to work on pronouncing his student's names accurately and I think at one point, he was creating a software program to help.- Rachael
    Rachael Gilchrist
    Some of Dad's work history
  • Hiking the Trails! (1990s-2000s)

    California
    George loved to hike and specifically the Pacific Crest Trail. He became a life time member and one of his goals was to hike the entire trail from the California/Mexico border to the Washington/Canadian border. While he never did the entire trail, he covered quite a bit of it, first with friends such as Dick Maxell, from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, who got him hooked, to by himself, meeting interesting people along the way, as well as with his son, Daniel and son-in-law, Dan Gilchrist.

    In addition to the Pacific Crest Trail, he completed the Tahoe Rim Trail in 2006, becoming an official member of the Tahoe Rim Trail 165 Mile Club.
  • Birth of Grandson, Langston

    Oakland, California
  • Moved to Concord (Brookview)

    Concord, California
    When he and Ish retired, or very close to it, they moved to this retirement community, still near their Church community and grandson.
  • New address: Heaven.

    Concord, California