Rudy Castello

rudy castello

December 22, 1929 ~ January 20, 2020

Born in: Alamo, Huerfano County, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Rudy Castello, 90, passed away Jan. 20, 2020. Survived by his daughter, Kathy Sutton; grandsons, Joe (Riss) Gonzales and Jason Gonzales; great-grandchildren, Carter, Lily Beth, Jake, Alec and Logan Gonzales; sister-in-law, Lucrecia Novack; several nieces and nephews; his dog, Missy; and numerous friends, including his best friend, Ed. Preceded in death by the loves of his life, Frances, Norma, Jean and Lois; parents, John and Ursula (Priltz) Kastelic; sisters, Rose (Garfield) Landis, Mary (Frank) Bubnich, Frances (Henry) Novak, Victoria Castello, Jestine (Joe) Hern and Matilda (Marco) Mutz; brothers, Charlie Castello, Joe Castello (Vicic), John (Rose) Vicic and Jack (Mary) Vicic; son-in-law, Ned Sutton; sister-in-law, Donna Shrewsbury; and brothers-in-law, Robert Novack and Gene Shrewsbury. Rudy was born Dec. 22, 1929, in Alamo, Huerfano County, Colo. He was the head custodian for District #60 for many years, having worked at Freed Jr. High, Lakeview Elementary, Centennial and South High Schools. He retired from South High School. Rudy enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, looking for arrowheads and antique bottle hunting. He also enjoyed estate sales, acquiring antiques and having coffee at McDonald’s with his coffee buddies. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Family encourages blue jeans attire. Online condolences,


Memorial Service: January 31, 2020 2:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. I’m one of those LakeView Elementary School kids that Mr. Castello loved and took such great care of! He also kept our school in tip-top shape and shining clean. We all loved Mr. Castello. I was at LakeView from 1964-1969/70. I often thought about him and the other incredible staff that made that a fantastic elementary school for all of us every day, and often wonder whatever became of him. I never crossed paths with him knowingly, though I also taught in the school district until last summer. I was saddened to see he had passed, but from his obituary, it would seem that the beloved Mr. Castello had a rich and wonderful, happy and fulfilling life. Seems he has loved his family dearly and treasured his friendships. I am not able to express my gratitude and fondness for Mr. Castello personally now, so I want his family and friends to know that, though it was so many, many years ago, I loved and appreciated our custodian and caretaker from LakeView, Mr. Rudy Castello, have never forgotten him, and thank him for all he did to keep us kids happy, healthy and safe. Rest in peace, sir, and thank you.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Lois Conatore-Houpe
    (not the “Lois” being referred to above.🙂)

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with Rudy’s family and friends during this time of sorrow. I met Rudy thru Lois and thru the Wesley United Methodist Church estate sales aprx. 10 years ago. Rudy was a dear person, and became a dear friend, who will be missed. RIP Rudy, I will keep my promise and make sure flowers are placed out in Las Animas for Lois each and every Memorial Day as I have done the last couple years. Fly high and thank you for the friendship.

  3. Ernie (always Ernie to me) I called your number several times and you have not answered and so I thought well you might be out with your coffee buddies and then I went to your neighbors to see if they knew where you were etc. and to have you call either me Gerry or Dian as we would love to see you and I’m so sorry I didn’t know you have not been feeling well I wished I would have as I would have come to visit you. I do know the last time I saw you and talked with you you said you could not drive anymore because of your eyesight. I always enjoyed being with you and Lois and I know now that you are at peace. You have been a wonderful friend and a wonderful person and rest in peace dear friend and my sincere condolences to your daughter and grandsons.

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