Olivia C. Castaneda

August 3, 1918June 23, 2013

Olivia Cantu Castaneda, a former resident of Taft, Texas, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 23, 2013. She was 94. Olivia was born on August 3, 1918, in Beeville Texas. She was the daughter of the late Petra and Synovio Cantu. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ynocente Castaneda whom she was married to for 55 years and her daughter, Ramona Escobedo. Olivia (also known as “Lile” by her family) was a homemaker and a caregiver to many of her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for everyone that entered her home. Lile was loved by her large family, and everyone knew she was a person with a generous spirit. She was a strong woman with a sense of humor and was admired by many for her wisdom, advice, patience and prayers. Lile enriched the lives of all who knew her and she will be greatly missed. Survivors include her sons: Alejandro (Janie) Castaneda of Detroit, Michigan., Synovio (Rosie) Castaneda, and Johnny (Lisa) Castaneda both of Taft; her daughters: Sostena Diaz of Houston Texas, Rosa Gonzales and Lucia (Frank) Encinia both of Taft, Petra (Noe Maldonado) Avalos of San Antonio Texas, Matiana C. Ochoa of Gregory, Texas and Gloria (Lupe) Castillo of Anton, Texas. She had 46 grandchildren, 111 great- grandchildren, 45 great-great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. We would like to thank the staff of Brit-Tex Home Health and Ever Care Hospice for their wonderful services that were provided for Olivia. Visitation will be held at Colonial Funeral Home in Taft, Texas, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm. that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow the service at Taft Memorial Park. Services are entrusted to Colonial Funeral Home, Taft.


  • Rosary Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, June 27, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Olivia C. Castaneda

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Gary and Becky Howard

June 29, 2013

Our condolences go out to the Castaneda family. May God comfort you all during this time of sadness and loss. We are friends of Alejandro and San Juanita, and members of the Iglesia de Cristo in Detroit MI. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


June 27, 2013

My condolences to the Castaneda family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all .

June 25, 2013

Nuestro mas sentido pésame a toda la familia Castañeda. A través de su hijo Alejandro estuvimos pendientes de su salud y la hemos tenido en nuestras oraciones y pensamiento. Que nuestro Dios misericordioso les de consuelo por el fallecimiento de su madre. Departe de La Iglesia de Cristo en Detroit, MI.

June 25, 2013

To the Olivia C.Castaneda Family. Our most deepest, Condolences go out to the Castaneda family with our prayers . From our Beloved late Mother, Felicitas O.Hinojosa our Family.1709 Melisa Ln.,Corpus Christi Tx,78412

Deanna Suarez-Trevino

June 25, 2013

You were such a big part of our lives and we loved you very much! Wish I could be there to say Good bye , I will be praying for you. Hope Chente was waiting for you at those pearly gates with a big hug and kiss. Sending all my Love to the Family!