Ernestina Castillo Arredondo passed away peacefully at her home in Lockhart surrounded by her loving family on April 28, 2017.
She was born on Nov. 11, 1929, in Kyle, Texas. She attended Kyle grade school in Goforth, Texas, for five years but soon left to help out on the family farm. Along with her four sisters, she picked and chopped cotton, tended to the chickens, turkeys an
d cows. She was even known to drive the farm tractor on occasion. She always said living on the farm made going the through the Depression just a little easier stating that though they lacked many things, they always had food on the table.
She met Blas Torres Arredondo through St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Uhland, Texas, where they both attended. She sang in the church choir. Blas directed and played the violin in the choir. They were married in the little church on Nov. 18, 1950. They lived outside of Lockhart and had four children. Eventually they moved into Lockhart and started attending St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Soon afterwards, she began working at the Lockhart High School cafeteria, where she stayed for fifteen years, and became well known for her good home cooking. She made many friends with students, faculty and co-workers while working at the school. Two of her biggest joys were having a house full of family and friends to feed, and having her well-known garage sales on Saturday mornings.
Ernestina is preceded in death by her little boy, Blas, Jr.; husband, Blas, and parents, Valdo Castillo and Cruz Deleon.
She is survived by her three children: Lupe Herrera and husband, Ruben; Maryann Kilgore and husband, Richard; and Tony Arredondo and wife, Norma; six grandchildren: Mary Ann Perez, Steve Avalos, Veronica Herrera, Jenna and Cassie Arredondo and Mac Kilgore; three great-grandchildren, Briana Avalos, and Noah and Elias Perez; four sisters and two brothers.
A visitation was held on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m., with the Rosary recited at 7 p.m. at McCurdy Funeral Home. A mass of a Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. at St Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Steve Avalos, Marvin Perez, Mac Kilgore, Arthur Natal, Ray Espinoza and George Arredondo, Jr.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home.