Cemetery dedication a family affair

Multiple generations of the Castilleja family gathered Sunday for a cemetery dedication. (Photo by Carlos Garza Jr.)

Ofelia Vasquez-Philo (seated, left) of the Hays County Historical Commission poses with members of the Castilleja family Sunday at Cemeterio del Rio after a historical marker was installed at the site. Next to her is Epifania Castilleja Natal, a granddaughter of Gregorio and Marie Teresa de Jesus Castilleja. Others are all fifth to sixth generation. They include (not in order) Natalia Ivarra, Lulu Ivarra, Mary Ivarra, Eva Luera, Elma Ybarra, Mary Prieto, Alicia Natal, Connie Ivarra, Bertha Derno, Thomas Ivarra Jr., Marie Elena Hernandez, Carolina Mendoza, Roy Castilleja, Rito Ivarra, Rosie Contreras, Juan Castilleja, Jr.,Guadalupe Espinoza, Kendall Ivarra, Sergio Castilleja, Patricia Padovano, Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, Jenessa Reyes, Xavier Reyes, Olga Ybarra, Lee Contreras, John Michael Reyes, Marcos Reyes, Elma Yvarra, Erika Contreras, Ivan Contreras, Rachel Prieto, Karino Contreras, Nina Reyes, Amanda Ivarra Joaquin Castilleja and Juan Castilleja.