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“Love and condolences to the extended Castaneda family. My thoughts are with you all throughout this difficult time. Peace ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Don Auman - Englewood, CO

“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...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Ann & Ed Rios - Peoria, IL

“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. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Joe Rios

“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....Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Rose Cramer - Odessa, FL - Family

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. May her love, faith,y and strength always shine thru you. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: daryl dieterle - sterling, IL

“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. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Becky Herrera. (Cuevas) - IL

“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. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Christi Morgan - Sterling, IL

“I'll, cherish the time and moments. That we worked together at Sterling Wal-Mart. Fly High you beautiful angel ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Sabrina Davila - Sterling, IL

“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...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Sandy Everest - Columbus, GA

“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...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: karen rose-spencer - STOVER, MO

“Tomas was a very special lady. I enjoyed working with her at Sterling #8 as an election judge. My deepest sympathy to the family. \ ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Pat Estes - Sterling

“Pee Wee, Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Sister. Thinking of you. Merrill and Judy Beck ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Merrill Beck - Thomson, IL


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.