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Annie Castaneda

d. January 5, 2024

El Rancho

Annie Castaneda, age 69, a resident of El Rancho, NM passed away Friday, January 5, 2024, after a battle with cancer.

She was born January 19, 1954, to Armando and Celia Archuleta in El Rancho. Annie was a Pojoaque High School graduate class of 1973. She is preceded in death by her parents Armando and Celia Archuleta, daughter Stephanie Castaneda, brothers Robert Rivera and Isaac Archuleta, sister Mary Espinoza, nephews Randy Roybal and Michael Espinoza, sister-in-law Florentina Sandoval of Albuquerque, NM, brother-in-law David Castaneda of La Puebla, NM, sister-in-law Molly Marquez of Phoenix, AZ, sister-in-law Rosa Chavez of Los Lunas, NM, and brother-in-law Carlos Castaneda of Jarales, NM.

Annie is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Gerald Castaneda; her children Melissa Castaneda of Rio Rancho and Gerald Castaneda of Rio Rancho; grandsons Zachary Martinez and Jeramiah Castaneda of Rio Rancho; brother Andrew Rivera of El Rancho, NM, sister Isabel Ball (Gerald) of Santa Ana, CA, sister Jeanie Gonzales of Garden Grove, CA, sister Amelia Roybal (Henry) of El Rancho, NM, sister Martha Mejia (Juan) of Espanola, NM, brother Herman Archuleta of Santa Fe, NM, brother Pete Archuleta (Dalila) of El Rancho, NM, brother Joe Archuleta of El Rancho, NM, sister Lucy Rios (Robert) of El Rancho, NM. Sister-in-law Marie Castaneda of La Puebla, NM, brother-in-law Robert Castaneda (Roberta) of Nambe, NM, and sister-in-law Jenny Ortiz of Cuyamungue, NM along with countless nieces and nephews whom she loved with all her heart.

Annie worked for LANL for many years. Annie was such a caring, loving, giving, selfless person. Annie treated everyone fairly and always gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. All who knew Annie knew they could count on her for anything. She loved to cook, make jewelry, play with her pets, joke around, and spend time with her family making memories. She loved to travel and experience new things. She loved making new friends and loved cheering her grandsons on in the sports they played. You never went to Annie’s house without leaving with a full stomach. She made sure everyone who visited ate. But most importantly, was Annie’s faith. Her love for God was fundamental to who she was and how she lived. She always said to read your Bible and pray as she said goodbye to her loved ones. Through her battle with cancer, she leaned on her faith and never wavered. She taught us all how to approach life and the difficult trials that may come along. She will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

On Monday, January 15, 2024, a Public Visitation will take place at 6:00 pm, with a Memorial Service to follow at 7:00 pm in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel at DeVargas Funeral Home in Espanola, NM.  Celebration of Life will be on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 10:00 am at New Creations In Christ Ministries in Espanola, NM, with Burial to follow at New Beginning Cemetery in El Rancho, NM.

Serving as pallbearers are Gerald Castaneda, Zachary Martinez, Jeramiah Castaneda, John Mejia, Henry Roybal, Jamie Archuleta, Darren Gonzalez, and Jason Rios. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Annie’s Godchildren, Philip Roybal, Antoinette Espinoza, Amanda Archuleta, Daniel Rincon, Gabriel Rincon, Nicholas Pacheco, special nephew Kayden Archuleta, and Aidan Valdez.

The family of Annie Castaneda has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the beautiful Espanola Valley.   505-747-7477

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Monday, January 15, 2024

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Mountain time)

DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory

623 North Railroad Ave, Espanola, NM 87532

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

New Creation In Christ Ministries

314 N Riverside Dr, Española, NM 87532

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