Mr. Manuel M. Castro age 82, departed this earthly world surrounded by his loving family on Saturday morning 23rd of May 2009, in Galveston, Texas.
Manuel was born June 17, 1927, in Galveston, Texas. He was raised by his mother who was a devout catholic and attended Our Lady of Guadalupe School and Church as a child. He continued his path of service to his Lord as a Eucharistic minister and supporter of community activities, as a member of St. Patrick’s Church. He was also a member of the Fraternity Order of the Eagles for many years.
Manuel embodied the unique characteristic of contentment in all his affairs. He was a life -long automobile enthusiast and worked as a mechanic by trade. He specialized in Volkswagen beetle repair, but truly loved everything car related, especially watching Nascar racing.
A rare gem indeed, he willfully and gladly attended each and every activity his children and grandchildren engaged in. With his wife of 53 years always by his side, Manuel enjoyed spending quality time with family. He was blessed with a kind heart and comical spirit which brought much unexpected and timely laughter.
A prayer rosary will be held in honor of Manuel Castro to assist in his ascendance to the next spiritual realm of God. All friends are warmly invited to celebrate the life and reflect on the joyous memories that were created and shared together during Manuel earthly existence. The family will receive visitors starting at 5:00 p.m. with the rosary to follow at 6:30p.m. at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas.
Manuel’s physical body will be laid to rest on Wednesday, May 27th. A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and entombment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Manuel will soon be in the presence of his parents, Anecleto and Margarita Martinez Castro, sister Trinidad Castro Ramos, brothers Raphael Camano and Reynoldo Castro, infant sister Epifania Castro, and infant son and grandson John Manuel Castro and Baby Keith Martinez.
Manuel Castro is survived by the love of his life and caretaker for 53 years, Mary Agnes (Lozano) Castro, of Galveston. He had three daughters who all currently reside in Seabrook, Texas: Juanita Castro-Martinez and son-in-law Benny Martinez Jr, Bernadette (Castro) Benavides and son-in-law Richard Benavides Sr., and Victoria Lynn Castro and life partner Mr. Victor Hernandez. Manuel had 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren: Shawn Monique Castro, Richard Benavides Jr., Castrolyne Benavides, Chelsea Monique Benavides, Kaitlyn Martinez, Kristyn Martinez, Karalyne Martinez, Branden Emmanuel Castro, Richard (Trey) Benavides III, Dominic Anthony Benavides, and Angel Alexander Benavides.
Pallbearers are Richard Benavides Sr., Benny Martinez Jr., Richard Benavides Jr., Branden Emmanuel Castro, Alfred Ramos and Ray Castro Jr. of California.
Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Mendoza, Arthur Lozano, Ray Lozano, George Torreros, and Victor Hernandez.
Special whole-hearted thanks to Dr. Robert Beach, Dr. LaForte, dialysis nurses Joyce Schell, Dorothy Gordon and Sharon Henry and the medical staff of the MICU at UTMB.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that everyone try to live as Christ did. Donations may be sent to anyone in need.