October 14, 1941 - April 29, 2014
Rachel Becerril Castaña was born on October 14, 1941 the 4th of 6 children born to Francisco & Soledad Becerril in Needles, CA. She met her husband Gregory (Chico) Castaña at church in San Bernardino and grew up together there. They married when Rachel was 15 and Gregory was 23. They were married on January 17, 1957. Rachel & Chico raised 3 children- Mark, Loreen Cobos, and David. All three were raised in the family home in Oceanside. Rachel attended Pacific High School in San Bernardino until she was married. Gregory drove busses for the civil service at Camp Pendleton which is what brought them to Oceanside. There they opened a family restaurant that they and the family ran for 4 years. Rachel later began a career as an Instructional Aide for the Oceanside School District at Laurel Elementary and North Terrace Elementary and worked with Kindergarteners who tended to be the difficult students in the class. Family was very important to Rachel as well as cooking. In fact, she often cooked for her Pastor at First Baptist Church Oceanside before she moved to Hemet. She was really involved in church, especially feeding people. She would say it was her therapy and it made her feel good to feed people. Rachel and her husband were also Cub Scout Leaders during the time their son Mark was in the Scouts. Rachel went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at her home in Hemet. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gregory Castaña Jr., brothers Elpidio and Felipe, and sister Herminia. She is survived by her children Mark, Loreen (Patricio), and David (Cecelia), sisters Aurora Sanchez and Gloria Neel, grandchildren Patricio, Gregory, Raquel, Marcos, Soledad and David, and great-grandson Maximiliano.
Rachel Becerril Castaña was born on October 14, 1941 the 4th of 6 children born to Francisco & Soledad Becerril in Needles, CA. She met her husband Gregory (Chico) Castaña at church in San Bernardino and grew up together there. They... View Obituary & Service Information
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