Melivia Botana

November 7, 1934December 25, 2020

Melivia Botana, age 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 25, 2020.

Beloved wife of the late Dr. Joseph D. Botana; loving mother of the late Jessie (Georganna), George (Dawn) and Joseph M. (Deborah) Chavez and Joseph D. (Katherine), Xavier (Suzanne) and James (Monica) Botana; cherished grandmother of Rosa, Jesse, Louis, Marissa, David, Benjamin, Alexandria, Joseph “JD”, Kayann, David, Joseph “Joey”, Nickhil and Niyam; great grandmother to many; dear sister of Minerva Chavez, Martha Velasquez, Manuel Castillo and Mario Castillo and a dear aunt to many. Melivia is preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Maria Castillo and other brothers and sisters. Her memory will be cherished by many other relatives and friends. She’ll be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Andrew J. McGann Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 10 or fewer guests in the funeral home at one time. A rotation will be allowed for everyone to come and pay their respects. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times.

Visitation Thursday, December 31st 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Andrew J. McGann & Son Funeral Home, 10727 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL. Funeral Thursday, December 31st a private chapel service will be 12:00 p.m. at Andrew J. McGann & Son Funeral Home. Entombment Oak Hill Cemetery, Chicago, IL. For more information 773-783-7700 or visit


  • Vistiation

    Thursday, December 31, 2020

  • Private Funeral Service

    Thursday, December 31, 2020

  • Entombment

    Thursday, December 31, 2020


Melivia Botana

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Cynthia Schmahl

January 1, 2021

May you receive comfort and love in cherishing the memories you share.
Much love, Cynthia

marcia and richard schamberger

December 30, 2020

Richard and I are very sorry for your loss.

Grief is the reminder that we loved and were loved.

Healing wishes for you and your family.

May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

May your loving memories ease your mind during this difficult time.

Sandi Smith

December 27, 2020

In 2019, maybe around fall, mom and I visited Melivia at Porter Place. It was a bit impromptu but totally worth it! It took some massaging of her memory, but she did remember us and those early days when mom and dad were first married! I am her niece, Sandi, daughter to Jose and Joan Castillo. She was so thrilled for the unexpected visit. (: Before you knew it, she was talking us into taking her out and on a field trip to see George who was just as surprised! Even though the nurse said it was okay, I kept feeling like I was busting her out of jail or something. :D It was a really nice visit. And she was so happy to be with her son for a short while. <3

Before that day, I probably hadn't seen her (or George) in thirty-plus years! We were supposed to visit again, but then the world changed. :( I'm so glad mom and I got that time with her. (*: Deby, mom, and I all send our love and condolences. ~xo