Henry Castellano Vazquez

Born: Sunday, July 4, 1937
Passed: Saturday, June 17, 2017

7/8/2017 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fred C. Olson Chapel 


Henry Castellano "Papi" Vazquez, 79, of Rockford, passed away on June 17, 2017, in his home. He was born July 4, 1937, Ponce, Puerto Rico, the son of Filipo and Rosa (Castellano) Vazquez. He married Bruna DeGrassi on March 3, 1962, in Chicago. He was employed as a chef, most recently at Peterson Meadows. He enjoyed bowling; the Chicago Cubs; his favorite evening show, Wheel of Fortune; salsa dancing; and singing his favorite songs La Bamba and Happy Birthday to everyone! Henry really loved to make meals that he would share with the entire block.
He is survived by his wife, Bruna; children, Linda (Jeff) Rosenbaum of Beloit, WI, Rick (Daniela) Vazquez of Elgin, IL, Robert Vazquez of Madison, WI, and Lisa (Ron) Wheeler of Muscle Shoals, AL; grandchildren, Christina, Bobby, Rocco, Amanda, Alex, Grace Vazquez, Katie and Bobby Kolkovich, Amber Stevens and Keagan Wheeler; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Milagros Vazquez and brother, Hector Vazquez. Predeceased by his parents; and 9 brothers and sisters. The family would like to give Amberwood Care Center and VNA Hospice a special thank you.
Memorial visitation will be from 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. Rockford. Memorials to the family.

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Condolences & Shared Memories (24)

  1. Ederina,John Sergi

    Sorry for your loss, Ricky was a good man, we have many good memories of you and Ricky!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Nick & Terri Sergi

    We are so happy we knew Ricky. He was so kind, full of life and had a wonderful sense of humor. We will always remember the great limbo dance he did at Ann and Dan Iscra's wedding. I will also always remember him doing cartwheels at the San Francisco airport while waiting to board the plane. He will be missed.

  3. Ana

    Sending Prayers to all the family

  4. Rick vazquez

    I just sat down reading all these beautiful comments about my father I'm tearing up so much reading these He was a great father a great husband to my mother a great grandpa to his grandchildren a great friend to all A great uncle brother also I miss him so much I am the oldest son I spent a lot of time with him He was my best friend I miss him Should've been me not him to go Miss you Papi Love you mucho

  5. Rose & Oscar Gonzales & family

    Have not been there in person but in spirit. I feel the deep sorry of my Tio Quique passing on. We will start the Novena for him starting today as the custom from our family line. We'll pray for peace for my Titi Bruna & the rest of the family. May God grant you all comfort & strength to carry on. With Love & May God Bess you all. Rose

  6. Rosa (Linda) Robles

    Tío Quique, so many beautiful memories threw my childhood that will forever Click my heart into happy zone. What an awesome feeling you have left me. May u RIP. I know all FAMILIA in heaven are HAPPY to see u again. My condolences to all, God bless. A niece with wonderful beautiful unforgettable memories of her tio Quique 🙏🏻Linda❤️

  7. Takaki Vasquez Family

    Tio Kike as we knew him, was a younger brother of my late mother Ramona. Tio was the Best man for my parents wedding and much more after.. He worked along side my father Michael through several jobs, Como Inn, Louigis, United Airline and maybe even others.. He was the first and only uncle I knew of for a long time. He was a jolly soul and always so caring and helpful. He help paint the ceilings in our Bell Avenue apartment, made time to play a little catch with my brothers and always offering some change to us for ice cream or candy.. I can still see his smile even in his lasting days. Just as they were when he would come for quick visits.. Tio always brought laughter and cheer to our family, especially my mom. I never seen my moms tummy bounce as much when he was around.. Tio is dearly loved and will remain with us throughout and through these memories and others not mentioned here.. May he Rest In Peace with our other family members in heaven. His parting is such sweet Sorrow, our condolences to Aunt Bruna and our cousins. Rick, Lisa, Bob and Linda..

  8. Bob & Nancy Rosenbaum

    Condolences to the Vasquez family. Remember when he sang happy birthday to me over the phone.

  9. Colleen (Phillips) Smith

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers to you and your family in this time of loss.

  10. Francesca Lynch

    Rick so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers ❤️😇

  11. Sheila & Dennis Moss

    My prayers are with you all

  12. Hector E Vazquez Morales

    He"ll be in our memories forever!!! We love you fam!!!!

  13. Iris Yolanda Vasquez & family

    I pray that Tio's family will find comfort in every memory, courage for every challenge, and peace in knowing the Lord is near the family at this difficult time. My dad, Julio was one of his brothers. God bless.

  14. Yolyveth Cortada y Erhard Vázquez

    Sentimos mucho la pérdida de tío Kike. Su único consuelo es lo mucho que lo amaron y el cariño y el tiempo que le dedicaron. Descanse en paz.

  15. Wendy Richoz

    I remember you dad he was always so sweet .Im so sorry for your loss you guys are in my my thoughts and prayers love you guys hugs and kisses to all of you ❤️❤️❤️

  16. Arturo Montes

    Farewell my good friend-until we meet again. I will carry you in my heart forever. ❤️

  17. Wilfredo Ortiz (Rock)

    My condolences from the bottom of my heart.. Rick is a close friend of mine we use to ride our Harley's. He told me a lot about his dad and about him being Puerto Rican like me. May he Rest In Peace. Que Dios lo cuide.

  18. Alexander Morales

    He will be miss my condolences to the Vazquez R.I.P

  19. Chris picazo

    God bless sending prayers to the family and friends

  20. Terry Gardner

    Uncle Henry & I practically grew up together. Grand-mother still had 2 of her unmarried children (one being Uncle Henry) still at home. As a young child between the ages of 2-4, I was grandmother's flying companion from Puerto Rico to Chicago so i spent a great deal of time with them. This continued until I was 6 yrs old when I was getting ready to go to school in Puerto Rico. Next thing I know in 1957 Grand-mother brought my very pregnant Mother & 6 other children to live in Chicago. My uncle Henry was only 20 years old when he took on the role of provider in order to help grandmother with what was needed for all of us until Mom had her 7th child which was named after Uncle Henry. This is what made him such a wonderful father. He loved unconditionally. Never complained, & always had his sleeves rolled up for the next challenge. He was always there for us until Mom moved on in life with her new partner. Uncle Henry always had a special place in Mom's heart. From him we learned that family is everything. We knew when he married & had his children that he would be the father that he was to us. Always with a positive attitude, always smiling. Thank you Uncle Henry for all you did for us. I know you are smiling down on your family. May you rest in peace! Till we meet again.

  21. The Donovan's

    God bless the whole family. A very wonderful man with warmth and love is now enjoying life with the "big guy".

  22. Dave & Sonya Platt

    What a wonderful man! He will be missed by all. Sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a loved one but we have hope of a resurrection. Revelation 21:4 " And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."

  23. ROSA

    My sincere condolences to all the family.

  24. Patricia Vasquez Ortiz McGee

    Fond memories when I was growing up. My deepest condolences. Love ❤️ one of his many nieces in Texas