Aurora, age 73, passed away August 14, 2022 after a lengthy illness. Aurora, the sixth child in a family of 10 children, was born in Saginaw June 16, 1949 to the late Luis and Mary Concepcion (Villarreal) Castellanos.
She was retired from her lifelong profession as a Registered Nurse. Aurora graduated from Saginaw High School in 1967 and received her Associates of Science Degree in Nursing from Delta College in 1970.
She was one-of-a-kind — serene and beautiful on the outside, but a blazing fireball on the inside. Even as a very young child, Aurora was the epitome of an old soul whose compassionate and healing nature would inevitably lead her to her life-long profession — that of a Registered Nurse. Aurora was gifted in being able to “see” a patient as a whole person. She saw people with her heart, as well as, if not better, than with her eyes.
Her commitment to her family, friends, colleagues and even favorite musicians, was equally steadfast and true. As a mother, sister, daughter, and friend, Aurora was always the first to encourage and the last to judge.
Her conscientious professional exterior contrasted sharply with a mischievous, playful side that found new uses for every aphorism, and every joke, “corny” or not – including that of the infamous “whoopee” cushion to lighten-up someone’s day.
Aurora was a fighter…all the way, to do the right thing and to speak up and stand up for her family, patients, and colleagues, regardless of the potentially harmful consequences to herself.
In private, Aurora’s salty and direct language reflected the passion with which she lived her life in the present world. Her voice and laughter continue to echo in the hearts of all who knew her and loved her. Aurora’s hobbies and interests included enjoying poetry, the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, the music of Julio Iglesias, excursions with a close friend, and as a teenager, preparing enchiladas for her family and for her father, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Mexico.
“Vaya con Dios, dear Aurora, and may ‘flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.’”
Aurora is survived by her devoted daughter, Anastasia Alvarado; son, Dominic Alvarado; sisters, Consuelo Gabriel, Maria Elena Castellanos, and Irene Castellanos; sister-in-law, Karla Castellanos; brothers, Ricardo Castellanos and David Castellanos; nieces, Renee Castellanos, Elisa Katemba, Camila Castellanos, Lucha Castellanos-Smith, Jasmine Castellanos, Julianna Castellanos and Mariah Castellanos; nephews, Gregory Rosinski, Matthew Paul Rosinksi, Vince Scott Castellanos, Josh Carroll and Juan Carlos Castellanos-Smith. She is also survived by her grand-nieces, Aitana, Olivia, Arissa, Ashleigh, Caitlyn, and Chloe; and grand-nephews, Trevor and Cole. Aurora was predeceased by her brothers Vicente Castellanos, Carlos Castellanos, and Victor Luis Castellanos.