Juanita "Nani" Benavidez

October 29, 1952 - February 12, 2021

Juanita “Nani” Benavidez, 68, passed away on February 12, 2021 at home in St. Charles, IL.

Juanita was born on October 29, 1952 in Elgin to Severo and Petra (Martinez) Castro. Juanita grew up and attended school in St. Charles, graduating from St. Charles High School in 1970. Juanita was united in marriage to Thomas Benavidez on January 4, 1975 in Elgin at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Juanita and Thomas had their first daughter Christina in 1972. They later were blessed with their second daughter Tamara in 1978 and their son Tommy in 1983. Juanita will be remembered for loving Jesus Christ with all her heart. This gave her the drive of always placing family first.

Juanita was dedicated; she worked at Dukane Corp. for 32 years until she retired. After a year of retirement, she was presented the opportunity to help her daughter by watching her grandson. While watching her grandchildren Juanita started working at Wal-Mart. Throughout the years, Juanita always looked for making memorable moments for all her grandchildren. Juanita loved her grandchildren and dedicated her life to them and was their short order cook. Juanita would always have her grandchildren’s favorite foods ready every time they visit. This was Juanita’s joy and passion, making sure her moments with her grandchildren were personal and intimate, a love that only Nani can provide. Juanita was always passionate about her family especially having lunch dates with her sisters, as family came first, no matter what. If Juanita did not have her grandchildren over, she was spending her time watching her favorite TV shows like Law and Order and Chicago PD. Juanita’s hobbies consist of cheering on her loved ones at their special events, attending church at the Salvation Army, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Juanita is survived by her husband Thomas, her children; Christina (Evan), Tamara, and Tommy (Andrea), her grandchildren: Jonathan, Courtney, Tiah, Tyra, Christian, Wyatt, Josephine, Anthony, Rosalina, Jinjer, Cash, and Madelyn, Great-grandchildren: Chloe, Charlotte, Lincoln and, Jonny. In addition, she leaves her siblings: Alejo, David, Regina, Carol, Belen, Patsy, as well as countless nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Severo and Petra Castro and siblings: Joseph John and Severo Jr.

The family requests, In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Moss Family Funeral Home St. Charles 100 S. 3rd St. from 1PM – 3PM. Funeral Service will begin promptly at 3PM.

Arrangements entrusted to Moss Family Funeral Home St. Charles 630-584-2000 or

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Guest Book

  • Pamela Stadler I'm so very sorry and your family will be in my prayers. It sounds like her Grandchildren and her family were so blessed to have her.
  • Stephanie Delgado I was devastated to learn of my Tia passing. I offer my condolences, and I will be here for you and your family.
  • Tahana Medley Please except our deepest condolences in the loss of a very warm spirited soul. Tragedy is never kind and you never see it coming, we pray for your strength and guidance in this upsetting time. God bless you.
  • Filiberto Lopez Our family and I would like to offer our deepest condolences in a time of sadness. May God bless you and keep you strong family!
  • mary szurko I am so very sorry for your loss of Juanita. always had a smile and kindness whenever we would run into eachother shopping at jewel..such a beautiful soul, and mother,and grandma.I pray that the happiest of times spent with her can bring you some sort of comfort to all of you during your heartbreak and sadness. Love and prayers, John and Mary Szurko
  • Ruth Weismann My Heartfelt Condolences to the Benavides and Castro Family May God Shine Healing Light on Your Family. And May Heavens Angels Wrap Their Wings Around All of You and Hold You Close in This Time of Loss. Peace and Love Be With You
  • carmen velez I am so sorry to hear that she is gone. But she is at peace. Juanita and I worked together. She was a great mentor. Love to see her happy smile everyday. She was one of a kind. She always love to help people and as well her family. She was there when needed. I will miss her. May god bless you all. Try and hang in there. love carmen
  • bridgette walker Tom & Tom Sr. my deepest sympathy to you and your family in this difficult time I'm so sorry for your loss. May God continue to wrap his arms around you all.
  • Isabel Rivera My condolences to the family. May God provide the comfort and peace needed during this time.
  • Jamie Lamb My deepest condolences to all of your family! We grew up as neighbors and friends to the Benavidez and Castro families and have many fond memories. It’s been years since we have moved away but my sister and I cherish the days when we lived in the same small neighborhood with these and many other great families. Juanita was a lovely woman who will be missed by many!
  • Miguel Luna and family So sorry for your loss .Wish I could be there to comfort you all. But even though we can't be there. You all will be in our prayers . Know that we love you all.
  • Gene & Jane Willard Time went by so fast. Our paths went separate ways. Perhaps we will meet again on another Glorious day. Rest in Blessed Peace Jaunita