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Dora Castaneda
April 1, 1957-July 16, 2011

Dora Castaneda, 54, entered into rest on July 16, 2011 in Stockton, California.  She was born on April 1, 1957 in McAllen, Texas. She joins her granddaughter Angelica Huizar in heaven.

Mrs. Castaneda is survived by her beloved husband of 38 years Carlos Castaneda. She has 4 daughters; Carla Castaneda, Lucy Lopez and her husband Michael, Jessica Castaneda, and Barbara Huizar and her husband Sandro. She was blessed with 7 surviving grandchildren; Michael Lopez, Rachel Lopez, Joseph Lopez, Thomas French Jr., Sandro Huizar, Enrique Huizar, and Vicente Huizar. She has one great grandchild who she adored, Evelynn Lopez. In addition, Dora had 11 siblings; Dalia Villanueva, Alma Villanueva, Frances Sandoval, Daniel Casillas, Thomas Casillas, Ramona Psomas, MaryLou McKeever, Michael Casillas, Joseph Casillas, Melody Bayardo, and Socorro Casillas.

Dora was a resident of Lathrop for the past 20 years previously residing in Ripon for 18 years. When living in Ripon, Dora was a faithful attendee of Emanuel Christian Reformed Church. While her children were young she worked for Den Dulk Poultry to stay close to home and later worked at Wal-Mart while they were still in school. As her chil-dren were growing up Dora was always extremely supportive in all of their schooling and activities.  As adults Dora was still willing to lend a hand with whatever her children needed. Finally, Dora decided to retire in 2001 to devote her life to her
family. On any common day family and friends could find Dora either out on the football field or the baseball field where she was affectionately known as the “team granny.” When not out on the sports field Dora was found play-ing with her grandchildren, spending quality time with each and every one of them. When not taking care of her family, her favorite pastimes were  gardening, reading, crafts, sewing and quilting. She was very well known for her baking, espe-cially her homemade bread. Some of  Dora’s other in-terests were history, watch-ing western movies with her husband and country music. She loved listening to Vicente Fernandez as she recently went to one of his concerts. Dora will be remembered as a passionate strong-willed woman who had a kind, loving heart. She will be deeply missed.

Mrs. Castaneda’s services are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of  Manteca. A celebration of life service will be on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. held at P.L. Fry 290 N. Union Rd. Manteca.  An online guest book is available for special messages and condolences at (search obituaries). In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Kidney Foundation.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
 Wednesday, July 20, 2011