John Fred Castella

February 27, 1939June 24, 2018

John F. Castella was born to Marguerite and Frederick Castella in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 27, 1939. He got his undergraduate and Master’s Degree from Penn State University and married his wife, Patricia, in 1965. They had three children; traveled around the world picking up people and experiences along the way; and retired to Nacogdoches, Texas after their oldest son had children of his own. John, affectionately dubbed Ogre by his loved ones, passed away peacefully on June 23.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Castella of Nacogdoches, Texas; his sister, Bernadette Barry of Jamison Pennsylvania; his son, Joe Castella of Nacogdoches, Texas; his son, Fred Castella of Garland, Texas; his daughter, Leah Castella of San Francisco, California; and his grandchildren Caylee and Hayden Castella, both of Nacogdoches, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Women's Debate Institute,, a non-profit founded by John's daughter, are welcome.

A celebration of his life will be held on June 30 at 4:00 at 1009 Logansport Street, Nacogdoches Texas.


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Kenneth Jones

October 27, 2018

It is with sadness and many memories from Penn State days that I read in the “Penn Stater” of John’s passing.
We shared Room 304 of Irvin Hall for our freshman year.
Sincere condolences to the family

Robin & Ron wilson

June 28, 2018

We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of John. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of his soul to Heaven.

With Love,
Ron & Robin Wilson

Jill Koerner

June 27, 2018

JOHN , our friend, Italian chef extraordinaire, father, husband, king of the poker face, lol, like layers of an onion, John was so much more than most got to know. My husband called him his friend, they had so much in common, past lives, heritage, cooking, health, and guarded at times. The two of them together, laughed, talked, enjoyed each others company. Most time people would only see the man that prepared all the book clubs food, or Valentine's Dinner for a worthy cause, or food for family functions, weddings, etc. Sitting at his desk, renting beach house, apts., looking at cruises. Or layed back watching sports, John appeared to most as a behind the scenes man. But HE was so much more than what we saw on the outside. He was strong willed, but when remembering the past meeting his wife Pat, had a soft happy response. In fact that seemed to be the only times I saw John smile, was when he spoke of his wife, kids, or grandkids. He loved being around water, or cooking for family and friends.
I am blessed to have gotten to know, understand, and be his friend. He was a complex, guarded, determined, loving man.
He was proud of all his children equally, and spoke of them with smile on his face always. He dearly loved his wife this I know from his own words. We will miss him greatly. Jill Koerner

Helen Conti

June 26, 2018

I am saddened to hear of John's passing. We had many good times in Munich together.. My prayers are with you Pat and your family