Antero Castilleja

Antero Castilleja

Tuesday, January 3rd, 1939 - Friday, August 21st, 2020
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EDINBURG - Antero Castilleja, 81, went home to our Lord Friday, August 21, 2020 in Edinburg.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Isabella Tafolla; and a daughter, Sandra Castilleja.
Mr. Castilleja is survived by his loving wife, Estela Castilleja of Edinburg; two children, Cynthia (Noe) Torres of Edinburg, Eduardo Rene Castilleja of Hidalgo; three grandchildren, Chelsea Castilleja of San Antonio, Melanie Castilleja of Hidalgo, Mark Anthony Torres of Manhattan, NY; his sister, Angelica Tafolla Carmona of Lubbock, TX; two brothers, Julio Castilleja, Apolinar Castilleja, both of San Juan; five step-sisters and a step-brother, all of Washington, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 6 p.m. funeral service Thursday, August 27, 2020, at Memorial Funeral Home, 208 E. Canton in Edinburg. Cremation will take place at Memorial Cremation Center in Edinburg.
Family would like to thank Windsor Arbor View, DHR Hospice, and Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Memorial Funeral Home - Edinburg
  • Service

    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 6:00pm
    Memorial Funeral Home - Edinburg


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Angelina C. Bratcher

Posted at 06:35pm
Antero and I were born the same year: he welcomed the year 1939 in January and I bid it goodby in December. Though he was essentially my nephew, we were raised together as brother and sister. We worked in the fields together, always chatting away. He was my buddy; my defender when I got into fights in school; he was my protector; I always felt safe with him. I did many Tom-Boy things with my brother. As a hunter that he was, he taught me how to shoot the BB Gun; ride a horse; ride the bike; and gave me the courage to swim with him in the canal, at the farm. Antero was very crafty: he made us some sling shots to hunt for grasshoppers (in the heat of the day); we fed them to the chickens and enjoyed watching the chickens fighting over a delightful meal! As teenagers I was very popular with the girls who were interested in getting his attention; I was the "go between." He became a gifted dancer; very light on his feet. At the dance, he never took a break. However, in the dance hall , when Chubby Checker's The Twist came on, we found each other to dance and twist; the rest made room for us; with all my petticoats, we needed much space. He was also a top polka dancer; guiding ,leading and twirling his partner. I was very happy when he learned to drive because now we could go do fun things as teens. These and many more memories I have of my brother and they remain in my heart. May his Soul Rest in Peace.    

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