Josephine P. Castro
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A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 15, for Josephine P. Castro, 89, a lifelong Tracy resident, who died Sunday, Oct. 6, at Astoria Gardens care facility.

Born June 29, 1924, in Patterson, Mrs. Castro had lived in Tracy 88 years. She was among the earliest graduates of Banta School and helped with reunions through the years. She also volunteered at Banta voting booths at election time.

Mrs. Castro was a member of the St. Bernard’s Young Ladies Institute, Lusa-American Society and IPFES. She taught classes for the Tracy 4-H Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Batzer, and her husband, Gordon, of Livermore; a brother, Frank T. Silva, and his wife, Josephine, of Banta; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 16 years, John J. Castro, who died in 1958; a daughter, Kathleen Martin; and two sisters, Evelyn Tena and Isabelle Silva.

Tuesday’s Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave. Burial will follow in Tracy Cemetery, 501 E. Schulte Road. Visitation will be observed from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Hotchkiss Mortuary, 5 W. Highland Ave., with a vigil beginning at 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Castro’s name may be sent to the St. Bernard’s building fund, 163 W. Eaton Ave., Tracy, CA 95376.

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