Sarita Marie Castaldo
  • 18 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 16, 1996
  • Date of passing: Nov 2, 2015
Let the memory of Sarita be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Sarita Marie Castaldo, 18, born on December 16, 1996 and passed away on November 2, 2015.

We encourage you to add your memories, thoughts, and photos to this site to help us celebrate Sarita's life and to comfort us through this time.

We will cherish her forever.

Thank you.     

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Valerie Swanson on 16th December 2017

"Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes.
Because for those who love with heart & soul there is no such thing
as separation.     ~ Rumi"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Logan on 4th November 2017

"I remember how you helped me pick out items when we shopped at Trader Joe's and our interesting conversations in the car.

Love you always,

This tribute was added by Valerie Swanson on 3rd November 2017

"Those we love
don't go away,
they walk beside us
every day.
Unseen, unheard,
but always near,
so loved, so missed,
so very dear."

This tribute was added by Margaret Jenkins on 2nd November 2017

"Hello my dear Granddaughter !  I have been thinking of you all day and wishing you could drop in for a visit. I miss you so very much , as do all your family and friends. We have to converse this way, but I feel you hear us.    There are many times when I am somewhere and say to myself, " Sarita would like this. " Such as when the family was looking for fossil shells along the sand on the Chesapeake Bay . You were close by in our hearts . Also when I enjoy  seeing  nature as I feel you are now helping make it. You were so attuned with all sorts of living creatures and the beauty of flowers. I well remember you gardening.

Each time the sun sets there is a message from you. Even when the sun rises, though they are not as colorful here.  Enough for now.
Remember how much I love you.  hugs, Nana"

This tribute was added by Mike and Judy Jenkins on 1st November 2017

"Two years ago, our family lost a very special person to suicide, our niece Sarita. At that time, when Mike & I were out in California with Sarita's mom, I found a Shel Silverstein book, Where the Sidewalk Ends, in Sarita's room. While we were there I read the book. This poem jumped out at me as one that Sarita would have liked. Especially now, at this time in our history, I felt the need to share it.

Like us all, Sarita had her, problems to deal with. She was an extremely generous soul. Sarita saw no difference in people. She was open to everyone. We hope that sharing this will remind us all that we have many more similarities than differences; we think she would like us to remember that. We miss you very much Sarita. Love, Aunt Judy & Uncle Mike

No Difference
From Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein

Small as a peanut,
Big as a giant,
We're all the same size
When we turn off the light.

Rich as a sultan.
Poor as a mite,
We're all worth the same
When we turn off the light.

Red, black, or orange,
Yellow or white,
We all look the same
When we turn off the light.

So maybe the way
To make everything right
Is for God to just reach out
And turn off the light!"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Logan on 18th December 2016

"You are always loved and missed. Happy Birthday!
I know you are at rest and in peace now.

Love, Marilyn"

This tribute was added by Scott Roewe on 16th December 2016

"Beth, My thoughts are with you and Sarita."

This tribute was added by Lesley Yadon on 3rd November 2016

"We miss your bright smile and caring heart here in this life Sarita."

This tribute was added by Margaret Jenkins on 2nd November 2016

"My beloved grand daughter, I have thought of you so many times during this year. One special thing stands out in my many memories of you. It shows what you really were made of. When visiting us in the East we went to a park where there were crafts on sale. We were enjoying  a ceramics shop when a customer cut her hand on something. It was bleeding rather badly,so before we knew it you had produced some gauze , antiseptic and went to work cleaning , stopping the bleeding and bandaging the cut . You showed such caring, calmness , empathy and all watching you were impressed with your act of kindness towards a stranger.

You had the same caring attitude for all living creatures and a sensitivity and caring beyond your years.  You wrote me sweet little notes at unexpected times, made caring little gifts . Your creativity and artistic talent was remarkable.  Are you painting the rainbows now ?

You will always be a credit to the mother, my daughter, who loved you so and helped give you these special qualities.
My darling you have a special place in my heart. So much love,Nana."

This tribute was added by Valerie Swanson on 2nd November 2016

"Dear Beth-  

I am thinking of you on this heartfelt day, filled with emotion, heavy as a blanket, but whose warmth & remembrance cradles your heart.

On Sunday, Peter recited this poem by Mary Oliver, as he did a year ago, for our Dia De Los Muertos service. This section of it resonated with me and I bring it to mind now as I think of Sarita....

I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular.

- Mary Oliver
When Death Comes"

This tribute was added by Deborah Jenkins on 10th December 2015

"I was saddened to hear about Sarita. She was in my drawing class, she was very talented.
I have one of her drawings and would like to get it to her family. I can be contacted by email,, or leave a message with the switchboard operator."

This tribute was added by Jason Feuerstein on 18th November 2015

"What a wonderful person to have known. I remember when you came home, and I was so thrilled to have you as part of our family. There was so much I was looking forward to sharing with you. Farewell, and may you know peace in the journey ahead.

Cousin Jason"

This tribute was added by elissa cowan on 16th November 2015

"Like a flower that begins with a seed and grows to be a most beautiful gift. each leaf, petal,fragrance grows and matures. Sarita, I celebrate every stage of your life. You have touched so many lives in so many different ways. I watched you blossom and so today i celebrate your lire. No living thing ever dies as it is held in the hearts of all who have been touched. you will be forever remember and glow in our heart until the day that we pass on. thank you for being you. with love elissa"

This tribute was added by Breana Stewart on 13th November 2015

""Sarita, I will always remember you"
Thank you for all the laughs we shared together, thank you for helping me with so much in my life, I will never forget you, Forever with me in my memories"

This tribute was added by Melissa Salcedo on 12th November 2015

"Beautiful Sarita,

You will always be in my heart. I will forever hold on to our memories we have created. I will miss seeing your talented art. Thank you for always being a true friend. My heart hurts knowing that your gone, but you will never be forgotten. Rest in paradise beautiful Sarita.
Until we meet again sweet angel."

This tribute was added by Hunter Munn on 12th November 2015

"Sarita.  I have always loved you and cared for you since I met you.  And I never thought this could ever happen.  I will never forget you. Rest in peace and fly like the swan you are.   My condolences go out to the affected family"

This tribute was added by jacqueline wagner on 12th November 2015

"Beth, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Sarita was like my own daughter we loved the time we got to spend with her. my family is very sad. we all cared about her sleep my friend until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Maya Loch on 12th November 2015

"Beth, I didn't know Sarita at all well, but I want to tell you that I feel sure that you gave her all the love, direction, and security that you could.  Erik Felker"

This tribute was added by Mike and Judy Jenkins on 12th November 2015

"It’s difficult for me to find the words to express how saddened I was to hear that Sarita, my oldest niece, was gone. You can never be prepared to hear something so unexpected and painful that it feels like it breaks your heart. It’s a great loss for all of us who knew and loved her. Sarita touched so many people, in so many different ways. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to have watched her grow up and to have shared a little bit of life together, including our common interests in photography and animals.

As so many have already written, Sarita was a very creative, generous, compassionate, and curious person, who always wanted to connect to the living things around her.

Sarita, we will always miss you deeply and will forever cherish the memory of our time together. May you rest in peace.

Love you Uncle Mike OXOX"

This tribute was added by Brent Mena on 11th November 2015

"We made plans back in September for me to come back down to California so we could get together and get back to doing art together again. Even to start making music together. I remember she was showing me her art and was just so amazed at how creative she was and how easy she made it look. Even me being well known in school as an artist i always struggled to think of ideas of what to draw. I just told her i liked her work. She just looked at me and smiled and i asked what. She said to me alot of her work was inspired by me. That did something special to me. She was special. She was just so different. You knew immediately after meeting her that she really was her own person. And she always stayed true to herself, to her friends and to her hopes and dreams and with everything she did for she went for with such heart and ambition. She was beautiful inside and out, and a creative and artistic soul that was passionate in everything that she did from her art, her music, and the friendships that she made. But the good ones always go.
We'll miss you Sarita"

This tribute was added by Rich Ryan on 11th November 2015

"I got to know Sarita when she was at Sequoia. She sang, painted, smiled, was kind to her peers and always a sweet, creative soul. My heart hurts. My deepest condolences..."

This tribute was added by Randolf Garrido on 11th November 2015

"Sarita was a classmate and friend of mine during our high school years at Sequoia. She was always positive and caring for others around her, and she always brings out new things for us to enjoy and discover. I am deeply saddened for your loss Beth. May she rest in peace from all of us at Sequoia!"

This tribute was added by Beth Jenkins on 11th November 2015

"From her former  Principal at Sequoia Charter School: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Sarita always found the way to shed light on a dark situation. She was spirited and loved by those she touched. I am so sorry to hear her time with us has ended. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.
P Getz,
Valencia, California"

This tribute was added by Irwin Feuerstein on 11th November 2015

"My most memorable moments were about creativity.  The art she created with her gloved, sequined hands was unique and amazing.  Her drawn artwork was fantastic.  She played guitar in my basement, obviously had talent and a love for melody.  Yesterday, I heard some music when there should have been none.  Probably Sarita playing for me.  Miss you little lady.

This tribute was added by Paula Davidson on 10th November 2015

"Beth, I want you to know how much we all loved Sarita's years with us at Sequoia. She was such a joy .... a light.  Her art & creativity were always such fun to see & have her share with us. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart & sorrow are undone.  Sarita was a joy. Please know that I will always remember her ...... always!!!"

This tribute was added by Pat Hibbert on 10th November 2015

"I taught Sarita at Sequoia. She was curious, talented and a joy to teach. She always had a drawing, jewelry, even food, to share. I am so sad for your loss. I know she will be missed by so many in the Sequoia community."

This tribute was added by Thomas Taylor on 10th November 2015

"I wish I had known her in recent years. All these tributes show Sarita to have been a wonderful, talented, caring young woman. Nancy and I are so sorry that her bright young life was snuffed out - and for the pain this causes to all close to her. It will leave a hole in your lives that will just be there - something to cherish in her absence. "Like gold into airy thinness beat." (George Herbert)

Love from Uncle Tom & Aunt Nancy"

This tribute was added by Joel Horowitz on 9th November 2015

"Our hearts go out to her family and friends. Wish we knew her.
Joel Horwitz and Ines Perez"

This tribute was added by Beth Jenkins on 9th November 2015

"My gratitude to my brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Judy Jenkins, for adding to Sarita's stepmother's generous sponsorship, and funding this memorial page to be "forever"."

This tribute was added by Beth Sager on 9th November 2015


There are not words to describe your sadness at this time.  I cherished the Christmas's you and Sarita would spend with us.  She was so lucky to have you as a mother in her life!  I love you!  Hugs my dear friend!"

This tribute was added by Maya Loch on 8th November 2015

"Beth, our hearts are with you and your family. Sarita was such a beautiful and talented girl. Bob remembers the interesting conversations they had in the car on the way to school. I remember her in the teen group at church and how impressed with her I was when she got up and spoke to the congregation. She will be with you always.
Be at peace, free!

Love, Sally and Bob"

This tribute was added by Sheila Tartaglia on 8th November 2015

"We lay this flower to symbolize the renewal of spring, and the renewal of life after death. Peace to you, Sarita."

This tribute was added by Sheila Tartaglia on 8th November 2015

"Sarita's Uncle Mike and Aunt Judy, our dearest friends, told us all about Sarita through the years, and what a talented, spirited and beautiful girl she was. Our hearts are broken to hear of this tragedy. We are keeping Sarita's sister and Mom in our thoughts and prayers, as well as her extended family. Our deepest condolences and sympathy.

Dennis and Sheila Tartaglia"

This tribute was added by Emily Brehm on 8th November 2015

"Sarita- you brought so much beauty to the lives around you with your art, your insight and your courage to greet the day with a smile. There are no words to express how much you will be missed. I sincerely hope you know that you are loved."

This tribute was added by Maya Loch on 7th November 2015

"You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Some of our best memories of Sarita are how she made us laugh in the teen group. She was always inquisitive, fun-loving, and caring.
May the warm memories provide some comfort during this time,
Diane Geary and Kate Honeyman"

This tribute was added by Granpa Mike DeLong on 6th November 2015

"My heart hurts with sadness  My eyes let go the tears
Your songs Your gifts Your Sweetness cut short with so few years"

This tribute was added by Maya Loch on 6th November 2015

"We are saddened by Sarita's death.
I, Susan, always appreciated Sarita's assistance in RE.  She was fun, thoughtful, and patient.  She enjoyed interacting with the children, whether teaching or playing with them.  One day she surprised us with a box full of little toys and trinkets as treats to hand out.  The children loved it.  I admired her confidence and ability to connect with the RE children and her willingness to share with me some of the important things happening in her life.

John: I remember her as warm and caring, and I was always impressed with her fashion sense!

Our hearts go out to you, Beth and Catherine, and to all her friends and family.    Susan and John"

This tribute was added by Mike and Judy Jenkins on 6th November 2015

"How to describe our niece, Sarita? A few adjectives we came up with: adventurous, beautiful, creative, talented, generous, friendly, spontaneous, and a bundle of non-stop energy. She was compassionate, empathetic and had a beautiful smile. She loved new experiences.

We will think of Sarita every time we:
See a curly haired child,
See a turtle in a pond or pass a pet store,
Pass a garage sale or flea market,
Listen to guitar music,
Look for deer, turkeys, or even the elusive black bear,
Go to art shows, craft shows and look at handmade jewelry,
Go canoeing or watch others, younger & less fearful than ourselves, swinging from the tree lines at an adventure park.

Our memories of Sarita include:
Reading books to her as an infant in my arms.
As a toddler, entertaining herself under the table in our favorite restaurant.
Doing cartwheels and headstands at Ellis Island.
Swimming in the cold lakes in Harriman State Park.
Drawing, drawing, and more drawing; at all times of the day and night, on all types of media.
Taking photographs of everything she saw and stopping to talk to every dog she passed.

Mike and I will miss Sarita more than she can possibly know. She took a piece of our hearts with her when she left this earth. The world is a sadder place, without Sarita in it. We will cherish our memories of her always.

With much love,
Aunt Judy & Uncle Mike"

This tribute was added by Maya Loch on 6th November 2015

"Dear Beth,
My heart goes out to you and your family. I remember when Sarita would come early to set up for church. She was so sweet and always ready to lend a helping hand! I also loved seeing her perform at church.
You (Beth and Sarita), are in my heart...

This tribute was added by Glenda Nowakowski on 6th November 2015

"I am so sorry.  Sarita will be deeply missed.

May peace, love and beauty surround her forevermore, and her memory be a blessing to those who knew her."

This tribute was added by Lois Linnert on 6th November 2015

"May Sarita be dancing on moonbeams - in a place called heaven."

This tribute was added by Theresa Delong on 6th November 2015

"Beth,we have no words, that would be able to express the deep heartache we feel for the loss of Sarita....If only she really knew just exactly how many people loved & cared about her....I remember some little visits we all shared together, good times, full of Fun, Food, Laughter, with a little puzzle making & shooting pool & sharing some birthdays & holiday's together....But what I will remember most about Sarita will be her Amazing, Creative Talents, from playing guitar & writing songs & poems, to making her unique necklaces & earrings of which she made me a pair that I will truly treasure, her love of animals of all kinds, & her compassion for anyone that may have been bullied or made fun of.... Sarita was a kind, loving, caring, sweet young lady...Her drawings & artwork were some of the most incredible I've ever seen, she had so very much to give to this world....Sarita you will be so missed sweetie, I will think of you every time I see a flower, or a star up in the sky or the wind when it gently blows, dance with the Angel's sweetie... Know that you are Loved Now & Forever......................... Love Always Grandma Theresa..xoxo"

This tribute was added by Jillian Guerra on 6th November 2015

"Paul, Jenn and Family,  words cannot express the sadness we feel for your family.  We love you so much.  We pray that Sarita is at peace."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Castaldo on 6th November 2015

"In loving memory of my beautiful daughter, Sarita.

"If tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind;
All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for, So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity, And all I've promised you."
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, But today will always last,
And since each day's the same way,
There's no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful, So trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,
You knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven, And now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand, And share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me, Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me, I'm right here, in your heart"......."

This tribute was added by Judy Thomas on 6th November 2015

"Dear Beth,

McKenzie and I are heartbroken over your loss. Sarita and McKenzie went to Valencia High together for a while and then they were in the teen group at church for about a year. McKenzie admired her artwork, her friendly, outgoing personality and the passion that she spoke with in the teen group. We will always remember her.

You, Catherine and your family are in our thoughts. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Love, Judy and McKenzie"

This tribute was added by Maya Loch on 6th November 2015

"I am so sorry for your loss Jennifer and Adela extend our condolences to the family she was a beautiful person"

This tribute was added by Terri Harding on 6th November 2015

"Beth and Family,

I will always remember Sarita as a gifted girl who had so much artistic talent. I have a few pictures that Sarita drew for me a few years ago that I will forever cherish. I am so sorry you and your family are suffering from your loss. If there is anything I can do for you, please just call. Sending love and hugs. Rest in Peace, Sarita"

This tribute was added by Renee Foley on 6th November 2015

"Sarita was always so generous with her time, talents and her warmth. I will miss her creativity and her hugs. My heart goes out to Beth, Catherine and all of her family."

This tribute was added by Maya Loch on 5th November 2015

"I remember with warmth and delight how whenever we met she embraced me with such sweetness. What a loss to her family, friends and all who knew her!  Roselva Ungar"

This tribute was added by Gerri Brehm on 5th November 2015

"There are no words to properly express my grief.

Sarita had a voice, she had a story to tell, and an incredible artistic talent to share with the world. The world's a little bit darker without her here.

My love to you and your family, Gerri"

This tribute was added by Lesley Yadon on 5th November 2015

"Sarita, I will remember your exquisite soul whenever I hear a guitar, view beautiful art and when I advocate for those who suffer. I will remember your rocky journey through life and rejoice in the peaks you reached even as I grieve your passing. Now, brave, fragile Sarita I wish you peace and turn to your family. . Know many who loved you will take care of those who loved you most.May they too find peace"

This tribute was added by Beth Jenkins on 5th November 2015

"I just called her work at Jumping John's.  Her manager said she "was such a sweet girl, a great worker.  We were just about to give her more shifts"."

This tribute was added by Dru Hiller on 5th November 2015

"Dearest Beth-- I'm truly touched to know of your sudden loss. My last conversation with Sarita was probably 18 months ago. She was working at Petco and was giving me advice on raising cats. Anyone who works with animals is a kind person and thats what will remain with me."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Logan on 5th November 2015

"Beth, I am heartbroken for you and your family. You, your family, and Sarita are in my thoughts and prayers.
I remember the fun and interesting conversations we had when I picked Sarita up from school. Sarita was creative, sweet, and kind.
Sarita, I'm sending you love and peace."

This tribute was added by Trish Lester on 5th November 2015

"Oh, Beth. It seems like only yesterday Sarita was making jewelry with me at the Chalice Center. May peace be with you and your family as you deal with this unbearable tragedy. Sweet Sarita -- the world is diminished by your loss.
  Let me know how I may be of service to you in this difficult time. Anything -- just call!


This tribute was added by Alan Zuckerman on 5th November 2015

"My deepest condolences to Beth and her family on this terrible, untimely loss. My thoughts are with you."

This tribute was added by Valerie Swanson on 5th November 2015

"Dear Beth,

I never met Sarita. She lived to me in the words you spoke of her as her mother. Her struggles, her beauty, her brilliance. Your concern, your compassion, your love.

You are in my thoughts. With love, Valerie"

This tribute was added by Eve Bushman on 5th November 2015

"Dear Beth, my heart goes out to you and your family in the overwhelming loss of Sarita."

This tribute was added by Bob Romer on 5th November 2015

"So sorry.  She was such a lovely young lady.  Everyone will miss her so much."

This tribute was added by Scott Roewe on 5th November 2015

"My heart is aching over this."

This tribute was added by Brittany Batong on 5th November 2015

"Sarita, who shone so brilliantly in life, will burn like the sun in the hearts of those that loved her. I will miss seeing her amazing artistic talent unfold. Condolences and support to Beth and her family. My heart is heavy and sending love to you tonight."

This tribute was added by Maya Loch on 4th November 2015

"Lovely talented Sarita,

I hope you know how loved you are and how much you are missed. May you be at peace and held in the light until we meet again.


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