Kathryn Neoma Pineda Hall
May 23, 1947 – June 27, 2021
Resident of Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Kathryn passed away on June 27th in Metepec, State of Mexico, Mexico, after a long illness that she fought bravely with deep courage and perseverance. She was 74. Her family lovingly supported her throughout.
Kathy was born in Oakland, CA. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Dulcinea Mastachi Pineda (Mario) and Kathryn Liza Mastachi Pineda, both of Mexico; sister Deborah P. Hall and brother Charles A. Pineda, both of Oakland, CA. She leaves her uncle, Donald Finstrom of Danville, CA, five grandchildren and many cousins who will greatly miss her. She is preceded in death by her husband, Rafael Mastachi Estrada of Mexico; mother, Barbara Pineda Hall of Piedmont, CA; and father, Antonio Pineda of Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico.
Kathy graduated from Piedmont High School in 1966, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a California Teaching Credential at San Jose State University in 1971. After completing university, Kathy married Rafael Mastachi Estrada in 1971, a resident of Mexico. They made their home in Acapulco and she resided there for the remainder of her life.
A born teacher, Kathy taught, then directed the operations of Lang-Lab, a renowned private language school in Acapulco. For many years through to her retirement, she took much pride and pleasure teaching Spanish-speaking students to speak, read and write English proficiently as their second language. Never to give up the joy of teaching, she then continued to tutor students on an individual basis.
Kathy was known for her love of family and friends, always a generous and fun spirit, love of rock and roll music and dancing, art history, lunch out with friends, and taking in the natural beauty of the Acapulco area. Her inquisitiveness and insatiable curiosity about the world led her to read voraciously and to enjoy enriching her knowledge through lifelong learning.
At her wish, services will be private in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. View the online memorial for Kathryn Neoma Pineda Hall
Published by East Bay Times on Sep. 24, 2021.