June 3, 1929 – July 7, 2021
EAST CHICAGO, IN – Cleotilde Argandona, 92, of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 7, 2021. Born June 3, 1929 in Aurora, Illinois to Margarita (née Reyes) and Marciano Villarruel She grew up in Joconoxtle and Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico. She moved to East Chicago, Indiana in 1952 and became a lifetime resident where she raised her twelve children. She is survived by her children Margarita (late Salvador) Arana, Bertha Guerrero, Miguel (Dora) Castellanos, Jose Luis (Francisca) Castellanos, Maria Castellanos, Rebeca Argandona, Yolanda Argandona, Victor Manuel Argandona and Sharon (Luis) Valencia. She has 26 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren.
Cléotilde loved to organize annual family vacations at her place. She was well known to all who loved her for her harina tortillas, tamales, menudo and capirotada and many other dishes that her family have enjoyed over the years. She loved to garden at home and always has the most beautiful flowers blooming year after year in her garden. Her family loved to hear her sing some of her favorite Mexican folk songs, which she also loved to sing with her sister Maria when they were young. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will cherish the Christmas years in her home and her traditional “good luck gift”. No party was complete without Loteria’s several tours among his children and grandchildren.
Cléotilde was proud of her children and never hesitated to brag about them to new and old friends “I have twelve children, six boys and six girls. She was extremely proud of her Mexican heritage and passed it on to her children, who continued to instill these values in their children and families. Cléotilde was a devout Catholic and she found strength in her faith throughout her life. Her unique blessings have been cherished by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her husband Jesus Argandona; three sons: Eduardo V. (Isabel) Castellanos, Ruben V. and Francisca Castellanos, and Jesse G. (Silvia) Argandona.
She is also predeceased by her siblings: Maria and her husband Ignacio Martinez, Francisco and Maria Carmen Villarruel and Gilberto Villarruel. She is survived by her siblings: Alta Gonzales, Ricardo Villarruel and Antonio Venegas. As the matriarch of the family, she will be sadly missed by all who loved her, but her strength, determination and love of family lives on through her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Monday, July 12, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the SOLAN PRUZIN FUNERAL HOME, 14 Kennedy Ave., Schererville, IN. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13, directly at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3510 Deodar St, East Chicago, IN. Cleotilde will go to bed in the state from 9:30 am until the time of mass. Cleotilde’s favorite charity was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because she was passionate about helping children. In his memory, the family asks that instead of flowers, you consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The family requests that masks be worn during visitation and mass.
Published by The Times on July 11, 2021.