Lazara Castaneda Dec. 17, 1925 ~ July 17, 2013
July 09, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
She was born on Dec. 17, 1925 and raised in a small town called Tlalchapa Guerrero Mexico. Her mother passed away after her birth and her father abandoned her and her six siblings, which included 1 brother and 5 sisters. With no mother and father, her grandmother stepped in to raise her and her siblings.
She eventually got married and had three children; two sons and a daughter. Unfortunately, her husband abandoned her making it difficult for a single mother raising three children in a small town in Mexico. In 1966 she moved to Mexico City with her children to ensure a better future for her and her children. After still struggling in Mexico City and not having any other alternatives she decided to make an even greater move to the United States of America to pursue the American Dream.
In 1970, she traveled through the Mexican border to arrive in the city of Cypress in the Los Angeles suburbs. Lazara Castaneda and her three children lived a comfortable life and eventually started expanding their family by having kids of their own making Lazara Castaneda a grandmother to a total of 10 grandchildren. Lazara Castaneda was known by everyone in the community due to her voluntary service at her local Catholic Church called "St. Bernard.” One of her traditions she had after every mass service was to take her grandchildren to a restaurant to eat fried chicken at a local place in town called "Patras.” This tradition continued for many years even after her grandchildren were all grown up.
For many years Lazara Castaneda and her family considered Los Angeles, Calif. their home, but with the economical struggles California was having, life was becoming difficult for her and her children. Eventually her youngest son decided to move to Marble Falls to ensure a better quality of life for their family. It was difficult for Lazara Castaneda to see her youngest son far away from the family considering that family was of the utmost importance to her. Yet, little did she know that this would be the stepping stone to her ending up in Marble Falls. Eventually, her daughter moved to Texas as well, making Lazara Castaneda decide to move to be closer to her children in 2006.
She is survived by her sons Armando Garcia, Esteban Garcia, and daughter Maria Sotelo; grandsons: Armando Jr. Garcia, Richard Garcia, Anthony Sotelo, Filiberto Sotelo, David Sotelo, Albert Sotelo and Steve Garcia; granddaughters: Yarene Garcia, Maria Garcia and Carmelita Garcia; great grandsons: Jayden Garcia, Anthony Enrique Sotelo and Julio Cesar Palos and great granddaughters: Jazlene Garcia, Kaleigh Sotelo, Selena Sotelo, Mya Sotelo, Luz Garcia, Dalia Garcia and Jiara Palos.
A memorial service was held at St. John’s Catholic Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home of Marble Falls.
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