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Happy 40th Anniversary Dora and Angelo Pecina February 24th

Rutila García Castilleja

September 12, 1932 - February 17, 2012

We thought of you
with love today.
But that is nothing new.
We thought about
you yesterday
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have
are memories,
and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is
our keepsake.
With which we’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart.

Mamá,…we love and miss you very much
—de parte de tu familia


Happy 16th Birthday

Natalia deMiguel Annoni
December 19

Rutila G. Castilleja

Sept. 12, 1932 - Feb. 17, 2012

It’s been 10 months since you’ve been gone; our hearts still ache as if it were yesterday. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you; we love and miss you dearly. “Merry Christmas, Mom!”
—Love from all of us: your husband Marcelino and your children Gloria, Dora, Esther, Ruth, Olga, David, Rachel, Steve, Marty, Lucy, Tom, and Jesse.

Baby Avery Anthony Thomas,
born Nov. 18, 2012, at 1:12pm, 7lbs 10oz, 20.5 inches.
Felicidades to parents Stephanie Castilleja and Michael Thomas.

Congratulations Sergio Rios ,who graduated from the University of Toledo with an Associates degree in Communications on Saturday, December 15, with his mother, Betty Hernandez-Bonwell

¡Llegó elotoño!

Logan and Kayla Retholtz enjoying fall activities at Hoen's Garden Center's annual Fall Festival in Holland, Ohio

¡Llegó elotoño!


Manny Enríquez presents his “Vote for Obama” poster
La Prensa Headquarters, Oct. 12, 2012.

Creator/artist Manny Enríquez signs his “Vote for Obama” poster for Mr. and Mrs. Fred García.

Bowling Green OH Artist Manny Enríquez with his “Vote for Obama” poster, which will be on sale at La Prensa, 616 Adams St., Toledo on El Día de la Raza, Oct. 12, 2012, starting at noon.

At the Teaching and Mentoring Communities’ Health Fair on Sept. 29, 2012 in Millbury OH, are participant’s Sara Méndez, Alma Méndez, Elizabeth Guerra, Teresa Hernández, and Rhonda Slover of Mercy Healthcare Center.

The Vásquez family takes part in the Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Toledo on Sept. 30, 2012, with over 17,000 participating.


Feliz 80 años Carlos Annoni, 21 de septiembre; en la foto el Sr. Annoni está con su esposa Inés e hijas Claudia y Patricia

Rep.Marcy Kaptur photo with La Prensa's Ruben Torres and his grandson taken at the Hispanic Heritage Month festivities at the Mexican Mutal Society in Lorain on Sept. 15, 2012.


Joel Arredondo and family celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Mexican Mutual Society on Sept. 15, 2012. Joel is the president of CHIP, MMS, and Lorain City Council and has a fundraiser at MMS on Sunday, Sept. 23rd, 1:00-4:00PM.

Folkloric dance group Alma de Mexico performed at Mexican Mutual Society’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Sept. 15, 2012 in Lorain, Ohio. Its president, Joel Arredondo, reminded guests and members about the history of Hispanic Heritage Month and the independence of numerous Latin American countries from Spain.


Linda Alvarado and Rosalinda Moreno attend First Friday at the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center on Sept. 7, 2012. Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, was the topic.

Brenda Rice Neubauer with her mother Juanita Rice after the St. Louis Hispanic Festival, Sept. 7-9, 2012.

St. Louis celebrated its second Hispanic Festival on Sept. 7 to Sept. 9, 2012, to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month. The venue was Kiener Plaza in Downtown St. Louis near the St. Louis Arch. Guests were treated to Latino music, food, dance, and the St. Louis Cardinal’s FredBird. A parade was also held on Sept. 8.

Happy Birthday, 21
Britnee Dominguez

September 7


Castilleja - García Reunion in Northwood, Ohio on September 2, 2012.
More photos at

Part of the Castilleja Clan had their annual reunion on August 12, 2012 at Genoa Park in Ohio; others branches are in Texas, California, and other states.


Toledo Mud Hens short stop Audy Ciriaco, accompanied by Baldemar Velásquez of FLOC, reads to migrant children at the TMC location in Millbury, Ohio on August 13, 2012, as part of the Toledo-LC Public Library’s Books 4 Buddies campaign.




Happy 5th Birthday

Logan Retholtz!

May 27


Happy 14th Birthday

Kayla McQueen

 May 16

Love from your mother and entire family

4-year-old preschool students celebrated their last day of school on May 10, 2012 organized by their families at the Toledo Zoo Preschool Program. In the photograph is the class with their teachers Lori Wittler and Jessica Ziemke, who gave a gift to each of the twelve students—a green frog and case to store objects found by them in a summer scavenger hunt.



Feliz Cumpleaños Mike Rivera, mayo 8.
In the photo is Sr. Rivera with his grandson Mariano.

Photo taken at La Fiesta Latina held April 14 - 15, 2012 at the IX Amusement Park for source, NY the benefit of the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Myra Rosario.


Elaina Hernández’s El Corazón de México dance group was extremely busy last weekend, it being Cinco de Mayo. The group performed: May 1 Whitmer HS, 9am, May 4 Lake Erie Academy, 9:30am, May 4 Toledo Hospital, 11:30am - 12:30pm, May 4 Waite HS Cinco de Mayo, Dinner 6:30pm, May 5 Libbey Glass Outlet, 12pm, May 5 Gloria’s Tamales on Lewis/Laskey, 3pm, May 5 Cinco de Mayo Restaurant, 5pm, May 5 East Side Cinco de Mayo Festival on Oak/Front St., 7:30pm, and May 6 Toledo Zoo Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 12pm & 2pm (as shown in the photo).

Happy Retirement Susana De La O
44 years of service to WSOS - Head Start
in Rossford, OH

Happy 52nd Anniversary Ernesto & Dolores Peña May 1!

Congratulations Sarita Estrella Negrin,

daughter of Sarita Vasquez and the late Carlos

E. Negrin, on your Quinceañera on Saturday,

May 12, 2012. The ceremony will be held at

Cornerstone Church in Maumee. Dinner and

dancing to follow at the Event Center, Toledo.

Currently on exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art until May 28, 2012: Rembrandt’s Flora, about 1654. Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669). Oil on canvas; 100 x 91.8 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Archer M. Huntington, in memory of his father, Collis Potter Huntington 26.101.10. Photo: Malcolm Varon. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource, NY


September 12, 1932 to February 17, 2012

On February 17, 2012, Rutila “Ruth” García Castilleja of Genoa, Ohio passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Houston, Texas on September 12, 1932, to John and Mary (née Guerra) García and married Marcelino “Ino” Castilleja in Covington, Kentucky on March 28, 1949.

As part of Arbor Day, the Village of Genoa honored Mrs. Castilleja, along with Dennis Aeschliman, Dean Hennen, and Ray Schell, who also passed away in 2011 – 2012. Genoa mayor Mark Williams presided, with a planting of a Tulip Poplar tree by various friends and relatives including her husband Ino and brother Joe García (as shown in photo). Also, present were tree commission members, Boy Scout Troop 385, and Cub Scout Pack 310.

Rutila, or Ruth as she was sometimes lovingly called, enjoyed cooking, listening to music (especially Tejano, Elvis, and Johnny Cash), and traveling. She loved preparing dozens of tamales throughout the year for her family and friends, with the help of her dozen children—the preparation of tamales became an important social activity even after her twelve children became adults and became parents of their own.

God Bless Rutila García de Castilleja!


Congratulations! Boxing Winners at Michigan Association USA Boxing in Bay City, MI on April 21, 2012.

In the picture Sebastian Guerrero,

Jerry Villarreal and Jesse López


The Soto family surprised Hortencia Soto, of Toledo, who celebrated her 80th birthday on April 13, 2012. Mrs. Soto is shown with her youngest daughter, María, who also celebrated April 13th as her birthday.

Susie Colmenero with her son Alberto (Tito) & Brooke Colmenero, who were married April 15th.

LSU’s annual baile on March 31, 2012

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Nine Latino Student Union members from the University of Toledo received scholarship recognition at LSU’s annual baile on March 31, 2012, including: Sirena Serratos, Brittney Rodríguez , Nicole Avila, Nico Covarrubias, Ilario Estrada, Elizabeth Anzaldua, Alec Perdeau, Andrés Zapata, and Natalie Guzmán.

On April 2, 2012, LSU elected its Board for the 2012-2013 school year: President-Rebeca Aguilar, Vice President- Querino Espino, Secretary- Ashley Viveros, and Treasurer- Selena M. Gomez.


March 24, 2012: Natalia De Miguel Annoni, a freshman at TSA, is recognized with scholarship at Latino Day with the Toledo Walleyes, sponsored by SAO and La Prensa.

Earl Neller with his daughter Emma at the 2012 Wanapum Spring Feast near Vantage, Washington.


Feliz Cumpleaños

Diego García Flores

Happy Birth Day

Welcome to the World!

Gavin Cole Daniels

March 2, 2012, 8lb. 6 oz., 20.5”


Happy 29th Birthday

Mary Neller DiVeto

February 28th

Feliz Cumpleaños
Guadalupe Zarate,
cumple 10 años!!!

febrero 22

Felicidades te desea toda tu familia y en especial tu Padre!


September 12, 1932 to February 17, 2012

Rutila “Ruth” García Castilleja, 79, of Genoa, Ohio died Friday, February 17, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Houston, Texas on September 12, 1932, to John and Mary (née Guerra) García.

Rutila married Marcelino “Ino” Castilleja in Covington, Kentucky on March 28, 1949, and he survives. Rutila was a wonderful homemaker who loved her family dearly. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with all of them! It became a family tradition for the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren to visit the Castilleja Homestead every Sunday.  

Ruth García Castilleja

A mi hijo Lukas Jesse Nieto Benavides ¡Feliz cuatro años, Amor! —de tus amigos, tu familia y en especial de tu Madre!

Happy Birthday

Feliz Cumpleaños

La Prensa’s

Adrianne Chasteen (Jan. 27) &

Nanette Nieto (Jan. 29)

2011 Miscellaneous Photos

Happy 2nd Birthday
Kayla Retholtz
November 4th

Happy 9th Birthday!

Ezeckiel James Kniffen

November 3rd

With all our Love,

Mom, Francisco, Lukas, and Jacob


Sally Albert, Julie Mutsko, and Emily Croak of the Toledo Zoo were on hand at the 6th Annual business expo, presented by the Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 14, 2011 at the Student Union of the University of Toledo.

Luis Carlos Salazar and General Consul Vicente Sánchez Ventura addressed the participants. Also in the middle photo are Hernán Vásquez and Milva Wagner.

Tejanos Trinidad and Candelaria (née Pompa) Serrato celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary with their large family in Dunbridge, Ohio. They were married September 6, 1941 in Mississippi but eventually settled in Weston, Ohio. Trinidad was born on July 7, 1918 and Candelaria was born on February 2, 1925, both born in Texas. They are the proud parents of 10 children, 32 grandchildren, 81 great-grandchildren, and 22 great-great-grandchildren. ¡Felicidades!

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The Castilleja/García Familia held its 6th Annual Reunion in Northwood, Ohio on September 4, 2011.

Marcelino y Rutila Castilleja

Oriana Rebecca Orozco and Brett Lawrence Rife were wed at St. Clements Church on August 13, 2011 and then sojourned to Mexico for their honeymoon.

Harlistas attend Harley’s Biker Bash in Perrysburg
on July 30-31, 2011.
Photo courtesy of Rick Marinski of Glass City Hogs.

Stephanie Páris, Alisha Conde, and Emely Ortiz-Vega are the recipients of Club Taino scholarships, presented July 23 at the annual Constitution Day Picnic.

Esperanza Ríos (pictured left)  turned 15 years of age on July 3rd and she celebrated her Quinceañera on July 23rd, 2011 with Mass at St. Jerome Church, follow by a dinner and dance at Erie Street Market. Esperanza attends Toledo School of the Arts and is the daughter of Bob Rios and Lulu Perales.

In the photo above is Robert Torres and Lulu Perales.


5-year-old Aiyana Eason- Gabbard with her abuelita Connie Treviño Eason take part in this year’s Summer Food Program, hosted by the YMCA and JCC at a variety of venues including the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, Toledo. Students can call the 211 hotline for information of additional locations. The program is funded by the US Dept. of Agriculture. Eligibility is dependent upon family income. The Summer Food Service Program includes educational activities and runs through August 26.

Dr. Alberto González, president of the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center Board, recognizes the various artists that were involved with the Southend mural project as further congratulated by Councilman Adam Martínez, Councilman Mike Craig, and BCR’s Linda Alvarado. Photo courtesy of Arturo Quintero.


Congratulations to


2011 Bedford High School Graduate.

With all my love, Mom

Big things are happening at the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center with a myriad of activities and projects, including free Conversational Spanish on the first Saturday of each month at noon. Call Joe Balderas or Milva Wagner for details at 419.241.1655.



Congratulations/Felicidades  to
Jesse Castilleja
Graduate of Clay High School\Class of 2011
We are so proud of You!
Love Mom, Dad, and your hermanas Alicia and Stephanie.

Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and representatives of City Council at the city’s Memorial Services after its annual Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 2011. Photo courtesy of Arturo Quintero.

Representative Marcy Kaptur applauding veterans at Toledo’s Annual Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 28, 2011.


Feliz Aniversario 50 anos
Ines y Carlos

Happy 4th Birthday Logan Retholtz!
May 27

Adrianne Chasteen is involved with crafts at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library's Cinco de Mayo festivities.


Felices Pascuas

MEXICAN MUTUAL SOCIETY has informed La Prensa that Karen Gallegos is the 2011 Cinco de Mayo Little Queen. Karen’s parents are Anahi García & Jaime Gallegos. Karen is 5 yrs old and is in kindergarten at Lakeview School. She will be escorted by her brother Gabriel.  Karen shall reign in the Cinco de Mayo Parade along with her court. The Princess is Arianna Rivera, daughter of Jennifer & Josue Rivera, and the Duchess is Jillian Reyes, daughter of Janet and David Reyes. For information contact David Flores 440-277-0078 or Marie Leibas at 440-288-0144.


In the photo are: L. Hollingworth School’s María García Aguirre, writer and reporter Georgina García-Pfeuffer, Coordinadora IME Jacqueline Moran, La Prensa’s Claudia Annoni (Associate Editor and Editor of La Prensa’s La Revista) , Hollingworth’s Lois Fuller, Cónsul Titular Vicente Sánchez Ventura, Toledo School of the Art’s Natalia DeMiguel, L. Hollingworth’s Executive Director Terrence C. Franklin, and Jesús Angel, dining at El Camino Real Restaurant (East) after presentation by the Mexican Consulate of a variety of books to L. Hollingworth School, Toledo. La Prensa Photo, April 11, 2011.


Cristina Cortez and Sabina Serratos recognize UT students Nico Covarrubias, Stephanie Norman, Emanuel Marrero, Alexi Pflager, Ilario Estrada, Cristina Galindo, Selena Arriaga, Joey Moon, and Jocelyn Cruz (not present for photo)at LSU’s annual scholarship dance on April 2, 2011 at the UT Student Union.

Happy 3rd Birthday


April 4

Happy 80th Birthday
Maria Almanza
April 2


Maryori M. Rios of Voces Latinas TV Show became
a U.S. citizen on Feb. 24, 2011 at ceremonies at the Maumee Day Country Day School. Mrs. Tony Rios hails from Colombia.

Captain Diana Ruiz-Krause was promoted to Deputy Chief and TPD Officer Patricia Gomez was promoted to Sergeant on February 17, 2011 at One Goverment Center, Toledo. ¡Felicidades!

Toledo Leprechauns Liga de Fútbol: 12 de febrero del 2011: Una Liga para niños de Kindergarden al 8 grado. Nuestra liga se asegura de que todos los niños en nuestra liga tengan la oportunidad de desarrollar sus habilidades fisicas, mentales y sociales. Para más información por favor llame al Tel: (419) 473-9490.

Happy 84th Birthday

Doris Landfather!

February 6th 


La Prensa’s Claudia Annoni, Adrianne Chasteen and Nanette Nieto pictured with comedian Alex Ortiz at Latino Comedy Night at the Funny Bone in Perrysburg.

Mr. & Mrs. Freddy Gutiérrez with comedian Alex Ortiz.


Sara Flores of Toledo celebrated her Quinceañera on Saturday, January 15, 2011, with Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish and dinner/dance at the Marcy Kaptur Readiness Center.

Sara’s escort was Divino Flores. And her court included: Marina Esparaza/Derrick Chandler, Mireya López/Ramón Parraz, Desiree García/Richard Ruiz, Jasmine Ponce/Ricardo Escobar, Sandra Santiago/Ricardo Aguilar, Christina Jagodzinski/Emilliano Avelar, Victor Muñiz/Marcus McGovern, and Alisha Tobián/Mark Phillips.

Sara is the daughter of Priscilla Flores and José Gonzáles. Entertainment was by DJ Able Ramos. 

Native Toledoan Carla Soto is part of the cast to a sequel to the 1993 movie Blood In Blood Out, written and directed by Dayton native Damian Chapa.

The movie is expected to be released in 2011 and called Vatos Locos Forever.


Miscellaneous 2012

Miscellaneous 2011

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