Riverside Funeral Home Albuquerque Los Lunas Santa Fe New Mexico


Clarissa Nina Castellano
September 08, 1986 -- October 29, 2017

Clarissa Nina Castellano

Passed away Unexpectedly on Sunday, October 29th, 2017, at the age of 31.  She was successful in her career and dedicated her life to helping children in need while working at CYFD for approximately 3 years and another 3 years with Molina healthcare assisting all age groups with their health needs. Clarissa had a positive impact on her clients as did they on her Spirit, Heart, and Soul. A native of Santa Fe, NM, Clarissa attended The University of New Mexico, and graduated with a bachelors and master’s degree with the title of Licensed Master Social Worker.  She will be remembered most for her dedication to family and friends, her deep sense of compassion, keen intellect, and above all, her service to others. Clarissa is survived by her Mother and Father, Cleo and Rudy Castellano both of Santa Fe, NM.  She is preceded in death by Maternal Grandparents Celia and flaviano Herrera of Nambe, NM and Paternal Grandparents Felipa and Robert Castellano of Santa Fe, NM. She is loved and missed dearly by her God Parents Mel and Nina Roybal of El Rancho, NM.  She is also survived by several aunts and uncles, Osmundo and Tina Herrera, Gabriel and Berlina Herrera, Nick Herrera and Olivia, Charlie and Carmen Herrera, and David Herrera, all of Nambe, NM. Also Aggie and Randolph Roybal of Santa Fe, NM, Mariana Martinez of Downy, CA.,  Robert Castellano, and Virginia Castellano of Santa Fe, NM, and many more adoring cousins, relatives, coworkers, and close friends.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 511 Alicia St, Santa Fe, NM.  A special Eulogy will be recited by her very close cousins Camille and Celene Roybal.

Arrangments entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

3232 Cerrillos Road

(505) 395-9150

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Chris Trujillo November 03, 2017

Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

We are deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved daughter, God daughter, niece, cousin, co-worker and friend. It is our desire to offer and provide guidance and assurance to you during this difficult time. We want to send you, our heartfelt condolences, and wish you and your family everlasting memories and peaceful reflection. May God comfort you and provide you strength. Please accept our gratitude for placing your trust in us to care for Clarissa, it is our privilege and honor to serve your family. Our warmest regards, Chris Trujillo and the entire staff of Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

Lorene Chavez November 03, 2017

Friend Santa Fe , New Mexico

Rudy and Cleo, It is so heartbreaking to have heard of the passing of your beautiful daughter. I know that Clarissa was the love of your lives. There is nothing harder in life than the loss of a child, but remember that in your memories of her you will find comfort and in time, God will help you find peace.

Ray and Nila Montoya November 03, 2017

, New Mexico

Celo and Rudy, You are in our prayers. My the Lord give you strength and peace on this journey. May he restore your joy with time. Love you,

Lisa Dyson November 04, 2017

, Kansas

Cleo and Rudy I am so sorry for the loss of your Dear Sweet Clare. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss Clare with all my heart. God Bless You all.

Michael Muth November 04, 2017

Prior co worker Albuquerque , New Mexico

I wanted to send my condolences and respect, to the family of a wonderful professional I had the pleasure of working with and meeting 4 years ago. Clare was always full of this witty, sarcastic humor and sense of self that brightened the days of those around her. The impact her spirit had on all of us cannot be measured, not will it ever cease to exist. It is with great sadness this is written, but was a rare honor to have known her.

Joseph Segura November 04, 2017

Albuquerque , New Mexico

I am so sorry for your loss. I am the outreach person for The Compassionate Friends. We are a local group of parents who have lost a child or children. We know the grief, we have walked the path. If the parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) of the deceased would like to attend our bi-Monthly meetings, join our Facebook pages or receive The Compassionate Friends monthly newsletter or receive contact phone numbers please contact me. Once again I am so sorry for your loss. We gather in December (300 attend) to light candles and remember our children. Please contact us for information. Joseph Segura Albqcompfrnds@gmail.com

Elaiza & Quinton Valencia November 05, 2017

Rio Rancho , New Mexico

Our deepest condolences to you Cleo & Rudy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the many beautiful memories bring comfort in time. Clarissa is and will forever be at peace.

Teresa November 07, 2017

friend Santa Fe , New Mexico

Cleo & Rudy & family - With all my sincere sympathies May God give you His peace during this difficult time. Teresa Reckard

Lorraine Urioste November 07, 2017

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and your family.

Evangeline Archuleta November 08, 2017

Cleo and Herrera families, my sincere condolences on the passing of your daughter/niece. May God Bless you all. Evangeline

Linda Montoya-Miller November 09, 2017

cousin Santa Fe , New Mexico

Cleo and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I just found out today. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Your cousin, Linda

Anna and Donald Chavez November 10, 2017

Friend Santa Fe , New Mexico

Cleo and Rudy, We are very sorry to hear about Clarissa’s passing. She was such a sweet and beautiful friend to Danielle. Now she is God’s beautiful angel. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Donald and Anna

Tommy Castellano and family November 12, 2017


Sorry to hear about your loss primo. I'm Florencio and Flora's Son. I didn't hear about it until now my heart and my thoughts are with you and your family. God Bless All of you. Love Tommy And Family

M.W. December 16, 2017

Dear Castellano Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Times like this can be very difficult to deal with. At times, you may feel like there is no one to turn to. You may even feel like no one understands your pain. But there is one person we can turn to that can help us through all of our trials. Yes, God can help you during this difficult time. Pray to him constantly and he will help you. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 Isa. 26:19)

Cherry Jackson August 06, 2018

Friend Rio Rancho , New Mexico

Rudy and Cleo, we are sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful daughter. Rudy, I remember you talking about Clarissa when she was born......you spoke with so much love in your heart. Cherish all your loving memories of her, and I pray time will heal the pain you are feeling.