Our beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother; Jeanine Michelle Castillo passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at the age of 55. As we navigate this unimaginable loss, we are comforted in knowing that she lived so vibrantly, loved without holding back, and led her life as the daughter of God she knew she was.
Jeanine was born in Inglewood, California to Charles and Patricia Romero on May 5, 1968, along with her twin brother, Chris Romero. Her mother Patricia Romero, and siblings Chris Romero, Diane Davis, Cindy Spinosa, and Linda Kennedy miss her dearly. Growing up, Jeanine loved going to church activities, spending time with friends, and being her high school mascot.
Jeanine truly lived for her family, her faith, and serving others.
She loved her big family. From a young age she knew what she wanted, to find her partner, have a family, and she found it. Jeanine met the love of her life Stan Castillo and went on their first date to an Earth, Wind & Fire concert. They married in the Los Angeles LDS Temple on January 27, 1989, and soon thereafter started having their 7 children; Brianne, Holly, Torri, Liam, Mitchell, Amy, and Brendan. She loved being a mother, it was her greatest calling and she embraced her son-in-law Danny and daughter-in-law Addison as her own kids. When you think of the perfect grandma, Jeanine is it. She doted on her 3 grandchildren Naveya Hoefelmann, Daxton Hoefelmann, and Luca Castillo. From church on Sundays, family trips to Huntington Beach, celebrating all the birthdays, and gathering as a family as often as possible, Jeanine’s world revolved around her family and her faith in eternal families.
Her faith and serving others guided her life. Jeanine is a light to everyone who has had the gift of knowing her. From her work at Harmons, serving in different callings in church over the years, to her beautiful smile and eyes that saw you and was fully present in each conversation, she loved and served so many. She gave the best hugs and listened to any story you would tell at the edge of her seat no matter what it was about. If you cared about it, then so did she. She mastered how to make everyone feel like the most important person to her. There is the famous Maya Angelou quote that says, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Jeanine did so much for others, but most importantly she showed us how to make others feel loved. May the times she has loved us in this life comfort us and know she is doing just that as our angel. Loving us, guiding us, and reminding us what she has always known; families can be together forever.
Jeanine’s children are raising money to help alleviate the cost of the funeral as well as the loss of a second income. In lieu of flowers, or if you would like to make a donation, please go to gofund.me/628ccc3f
A viewing will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 9:30-10:45am at the Bloomington Hills 4th Ward Chapel, 750 E. Fort Pierce Drive North, St. George, UT. An 11am funeral service will be held at the same location, followed by interment at the Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 S. Dixie Drive, St. George, UT.