Alphonse Castellana
1930 - 2021
Col. Al Castellana, USMC Ret (Alphonse) passed away in Winter Park, Florida on March 15, 2021. Al was born on November 10, 1930 in Waltham, Massachusetts to Josephine and Angelo Castellana. He graduated from St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont whereupon he married his high school sweetheart, Catherine (Kay) and entered the Marine Corps in 1952.

He had a storied career in the USMC, retiring after more than 30 years of active service and several combat tours. As a veteran of the Vietnam war he was decorated with the Bronze star and the Purple Heart, received for wounds in action.

He was ordained to the permanent diaconate with the Catholic Church in 1985 and served as an active deacon with the Naval Training Center recruit chapel and then with Sts. Peter and Paul in Winter Park, Florida. He used his God given gifts as an artist to create the Stations of the Cross at Sts Peter and Paul as well as larger than life statues of the patron saints in their Narthex.

A devoted husband, loving and patient father, and compassionate leader, Al is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Catherine, sons Mark and Craig, daughters Amy (Fetzer), Mimi (Wilson) and Mia (Henkel), 2 daughters "in love", Pamela and Wendy, 3 sons "in love", Bob, John and Ryan, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren as well as his brother, Joe and sister Theresa Orr. He leaves a legacy of love and leadership and will never be forgotten by any who knew him.

Evening Prayer and visitation will be Thursday, March 25th at 7:00 pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5300 Old Howell Branch Rd. in Winter Park, FL with interment in Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. The Funeral Mass will be on Friday, March 26 at 10:30 am also at the church. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to
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The Korean War Veterans Association Department of Florida and Chapter 173 Casselberry send our belated yet deepest condolences on the passing of our Brother In Arms Alphonse Castellana (US Marine Corp.30 yr+ Vietnam Bronze Star, Purple Heart). He served his country well and honorably. May he Rest In Peace.
April 10, 2021
Prayers and love to Kay , the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Al was a wonderful man that gave unconditional love to his family, his faith and his country. Cherish your memories of him, he lives in each of you. My god wrap his loving arms around you, providing you peace in the days to come.
Mary Sue&Lester
March 26, 2021
Our family sends our deepest condolences to his family and may he rest in peace with our Lord God in his beautiful paradise! Rest in peace, Al and thank you for your religious dedication to our church!
Inocencia Del Valle
March 25, 2021
We will miss seeing Deacon AL at our Sunday mass. He was special to our family and he will not be forgotten.
Angela Mazzitelli
March 25, 2021
Soar with the eagles and the Lord our dear Brother-in-Christ. Heaven has waited a long time to have a Marine hero and full "Bird Colonel" stand at Heavens gates. Semper Fi Brother!
Mike Frey
March 25, 2021
I will always carry your loving kindness in my heart.
Nadine Hardin
March 25, 2021
Offering my Condolences to the family. I remember the Deacon as an active and dedicated member of the Cursillo Movement. Sincerely, John Elac
John Elac
March 24, 2021
My deepest sympathy for the Castellana family. Deacon Al, Rest In Peace, will be missed by all of us.
Ana Brillon
March 24, 2021
Rosie, Zoe and PJ
March 23, 2021
Hearing about the death of a fellow Marine is an emotional thing for me. I've had to say good-bye too many times. Nonetheless, my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the immediate family and Marine family. "Semper Fi"
Bill Miller
March 22, 2021
We send our deepest sympathies to Kay and the entire family. I was blessed to know Deacon Al and the family. For many years at St Peter Paul church . He was a man that was full of the Holy Spirit and a great leader. Specially on our retreats. And the beautiful work that he did . Designing and making the stations of the cross . Plus the other work that he did behind the scenes. With the maintenance staff. And thank you for your military service over the years. Deacon Al. Rest In Peace. You have earned your wings as an angel with the Lord.
Frank Noviello family .
March 22, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss and we are all remembering some pearls of wisdom from Al over the years. He will be missed and always loved.
Joe and Cherie Weber
March 22, 2021
I was fortunate to know Colonel Castellana and work with him for several years. He was a real leader and mentor to many of us. Rest in peace, Al. You have surely earned your place with our Lord.
William A. Bill Duncan
March 22, 2021
To The Family I am sorry for your loss I remember COL (Deacon ) Al and his wonderful sermons while I was a member of STs Peter and Paul. What a great man dedicated to God and his country . Rest in peace sir until we meet again at Fiddlers Green with all our fellow vets. V/R Barbara DAmato SHCS(SW) USN(RET)
Barbara DAmato SHCS(W) USN (RET)
March 22, 2021
You are all in my thoughts and prayers
Sharon MacKenzie
March 22, 2021
I'm certain I speak for all parishioners, friends and acquaintances alike, of Craig and Pam at Ascension Catholic Church, and for anyone who knew Al and his beautiful family, that we stand with the Castellanas in spirit in mourning and grief during this painful time. We offer our condolences and prayers for fortitude and the comfort of His Holy Spirit to all the many family and friends Al left behind now suffer at his temporary separation from us. I pray your family find great confidence and hope in the Promise of Christ, that Al now enjoys eternal felicity in the direct presence of God, as we now ask Al to intercede for us directly to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as we grieve and persevere in our pilgrimage here on earth until we see him again. May the Peace of Christ be with the Castellanas.
Ed McCarthy
March 22, 2021
We were are so sorry to learn of Deacon Al's passing. He has been an inspiration to us & so many for his beautiful sermons at church and also to his dedication to the church and God, to his family, and also to his country. Thank you for your service! Also; thank you for the beautiful Stations of the Cross; and Statues from you in the Church. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you. Thoughts & prayers to your wife; Kay & all your family at this sad & most difficult time. May God Bless them all & May Deacon Al rest in everlasting peace! Rosemary & Tony DeFrancisco & Family/Parishoners of Sts. Peter & Paul. Church.
Rosemary & Tony DeFrancisco & Family
March 21, 2021
sincere thoughts of regret and sympathy....Al was a friend, mentor, and a fine person....we spoke only a few weeks ago....he will be missed...
bob ogus
March 21, 2021
We send our deepest sympathy to Kay and the entire family. Al will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a asset to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and his warming conversations will be hard to replace. His service to our country for the many years that he served are greatly appreciated! May he rest in peace. Wayne & Elaine Thalasinos
Wayne Thalasinos
March 21, 2021
So sorry to hear about Al's passing. Always impressed when he shared his "projects" with us in the office. Hope you are doing well.
Thomas Valton Riggins
March 21, 2021
My sincere condolence and sadness about the passing of my Spiritual Director Deacon Al. He shared inspirational and enlightening messages at our Legion meetings. I will miss his love and guidance.
Sherell Perkins
March 20, 2021
Deacon Al was a remarkable servant of God. He used his God given talents to the service of all who became in contact with him. As a member of the Legion of Mary I am very grateful for having had him as our Spiritual Director. His "Allocutions" were touching and I spires many of us to always do the wills of Jesus and Mary in order to reach our goal in Heaven. I am happy knowing that he has reached that goal before us so he will be our strong intercessor in Heaven. My heartfelt thanks to Deacon Al for his so many years dedicated to the Legion of Mary apostolate. Thanks also to his dear wife Kate who accompanied him in our especial occasions gatherings and allowing him to be part of this service, and to his family for all the support during his life.
Hope Jerris (Legión of Mary, Sts. Peter and Paul)
March 20, 2021
Deacon Al, welcomed me into this diocese back in 1992. He became a close friend and mentor bringing me up to date with this diocese and its Deacons. There is no way to say how much he will be missed. God Bless him his family for all he has done for God, his Church and his Country.
Deacon Andy Murello
March 18, 2021
Claudia Thomas & Christa Teno
March 18, 2021
The U.S. Marines, Navy Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen, FMF Chaplains, and Associate Members of the E. T Brisson Detachment #063 of the Marine Corps League in Naples, Florida, hereby salute and recognize Alphonse Castellana for serving God and his country by becoming a United States Marine. We honor his memory and valiant service to our Corps and our great Nation. Please accept our heartfelt sentiments as a token of our esteem and admiration of his L´Esprit du Corps. Semper Fidelis.
Marines of the Marine Corps League Naples, Florida
March 18, 2021
Al was not only an inspiration for me, but like a father! He was a greatly talented man whose love & leadership touched all of his acquaintances, I was greatly privileged to know & work with him for over two years building the statues of Sts. Peter & Paul, an experience I will never forget!
Neal Griesenauer
March 18, 2021
What a beautiful life. Thank you for your service Sir. RIP
Ron Nelson
March 18, 2021
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