Tomasa Castaneda

  • Born: March 10, 1929
  • Died: October 21, 2019
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

STERLING – Tomasa D. Castaneda, 90 of Sterling died Monday October 21, 2019 at her home.

She was born on March 10, 1929 in El Paso, TX the daughter of Ventura and Augustina (Perez) Duran. She married John Castaneda on October 23, 1949 in El Paso, TX. Tomasa began her working career at Illinois Bell in Sterling and worked there for 25 years. Then she went to work at Centel Telephone Co in Dixon where she worked 15 years. Later she worked at Sterling Walmart for 25 years retiring two years ago. Whether you addressed her as "Vieja, Mom, Momma, Grandma C., Grams, Tata, Tomasa, Tomi, Tomato, Comadre, Mrs. Castaneda or Flaca", she was caring and treated you with love and respect. She loved everyone, and was loved by all. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church; Tomasa had enjoyed bowling, playing tennis, crocheting, and watching the Chicago Bears. She was an excellent cook and loved the time spent with her loving family.

Survivors include her husband, John; daughters Stella (Mike) Fortney of Sterling and Mary Bennett of Sterling; sons, John (Cynthia) Castaneda of South Elgin and Thomas (Jami) Castaneda of Sterling; her sister Juanita Duran of Dixon; her brother Ventura "Pee Wee" Duran of Rock Falls; 9 grandchildren: Kelly (Beth) Fortney, Ryan (Laura) Fortney, Jonna Rasbach-Castaneda, Melissa (Jeremiah) Sylvester, Michael Bennett, Katherine (Matthew) DeSanto, Elena (Jon) Lesniak, Joseph Castaneda, Natalie Marie Castaneda; 2 step grandchildren: Jessie Giles and Jacky (Andrew) Brougham; 13 great grandchildren; 7 step great grandchildren; special nephew, Jesse Duran and special niece, Mary White; and many other loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son Victor Castaneda; son in law Kenny Bennett; grand daughter Jade Castaneda; grandson James Castaneda; 2 brothers: Jose and Jesus Duran; 1 sister Mary Bennett.

Visitation will be Sunday October 27, 2019 from 1-5 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls with the Rosary being recited at 5:00 PM. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Monday at 10 AM in St. Mary Catholic Church with the Reverend Jorge Bravo officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

She fought the good fight….and ended up the winner ! The winner of eternal peace in heaven. No one deserves it more.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Love and condolences to the extended Castaneda family. My thoughts are with you all throughout this difficult time. Peace

Posted by Don Auman - Englewood, CO - Family Friend   October 28, 2019

Dear Mary and all your family,
We are so sad to hear of your Mom's passing. She was an outstanding personality. Great is her reward, of that we can be certain. We wish we could be there with you.

Posted by Ann & Ed Rios - Peoria, IL - Friend   October 26, 2019

Mary and Family,
I was saddened to read about your Mom. She was always so kind. Please know
you are in my thoughts and prayers today.

Posted by Joe Rios    October 25, 2019

Sending prayers of love and strength to the family. Sorry we cannot be there with everyone to celebrate my Tia's life and mourn her untimely passing. ❤

Posted by Rose Cramer - Odessa, FL - Family   October 24, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May her love, faith,y and strength always shine thru you.

Posted by daryl dieterle - sterling, IL - Classmate   October 24, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a ray of sunshine. May God give you the strength to get through life missing her.

Posted by Becky Herrera. (Cuevas) - Sterling, IL - Family Friend   October 24, 2019


Stella, my deepest condolences to you and your family in the loss of your Mother. She was the sweetest lady. I always enjoyed helping her.

Posted by Christi Morgan - Sterling, IL - Friend   October 23, 2019

I'll, cherish the time and moments. That we worked together at Sterling Wal-Mart. Fly High you beautiful angel

Posted by Sabrina Davila - Sterling, IL - Coworker   October 23, 2019

I am sad to hear of Tía's passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed so much. My thoughts and prayers are with my Tío and rest of the family. I love you all!

Posted by Sandy Everest - Columbus, GA - Family   October 23, 2019

I worked at Eagle in Sterling for 30 years as a cashier. She was one of my most favorite customers. Always had a smile on her face. She will be missed by all who knew her. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Posted by karen rose-spencer - STOVER, MO   October 23, 2019

Tomas was a very special lady. I enjoyed working with her at Sterling #8 as an election judge. My deepest sympathy to the family. \

Posted by Pat Estes - Sterling - Acquaintance   October 23, 2019

Pee Wee, Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Sister. Thinking of you. Merrill and Judy Beck

Posted by Merrill Beck - Thomson, IL - Friend   October 23, 2019