Bennie C. Castiello

October 14, 1932 - February 22, 2013

Bennie C. Castiello, age 80, of Batavia, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013 at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.  He was born October 14, 1932 in Chicago, IL the son of Luigi and Antoinette (nee Columbo) Castiello.  He is survived by his sister, Connie LaBuda of Batavia; his nieces and nephews, Joann (Allan) Salas, Louis (Mary) LaBuda, Antonette (William) Kloska, Judy (Kenneth) Gay; Denise (Roger) Diviak, and Louis (Mary) Castiello; several cousins and many great-nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, Bennie is preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Castiello.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31) in Batavia.  Funeral services will begin with prayers at the funeral home at 9:45 A.M. before proceeding to Holy Angels Catholic Church in Aurora for Mass at 10:30 A.M.  Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, IL.  For additional information, please contact the Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia at 630-879-7900 or

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  • Tanya Vegel Ferguson Klasser Like many others, I wish to say that Mr. Castiello was one of the best teachers I have ever had and he influenced me to become a history major at UIC. Belated condolences to his family. (class of '61)
  • Wesley Fischer I just read of your passing Mr Castiello, I sit here in tears. You were the BEST teacher I ever had in my life. You have influenced me more than words can say. I know you are in Heaven now. I thank God that He put me into your classroom......Class '79
  • Maribel Cosme Thank you for being a friend when I most needed one Mr. Castiello. Back in 1991 when I had just moved to Chicago and started working at Kelly you took me under your wing, and for that I’m honestly grateful. Thank you for everything you taught me and thank you for your words of wisdom. I will always remember you.
  • Lucia Giuffre My Dear Cousin Bennie, When I think of you, I remember the old times and memories of our entire family. The parties you cook for, I could actually still smell the roast beef you had in the oven. You inspired me to be a better person. You were always a giving and compassionate man, a person who everyone looked up to. A role model to many young people. You will be miss and life will not be the same without you. There will be a empty space at our family gatherings. My Dear Cousin Bennie, I love you. Lucia Giuffre
  • Connie Uncle Bennie, It was a privilege to know you and a joy to spend time with you. You were the only person I have always wanted to spend time with. I never got tired of your company. When you would drive me to school, I wouldn't get out of the car until I had made you laugh at least once. I loved making you laugh! You've inspired me beyond what words could ever express. But that's just the type of person you were; you inspired and influenced everyone who truly knew you. You were one of those rare people who touch everyone's life and truly made a difference. You never failed to remember me or make me feel special; you always found a way to take care of me when I needed it. I can't remember a time without you and life will not be the same but I know, I truly believe, you have found your peace. To say you were amazing, doesn't come close. I could say that you were loving, supporting, wise, and inspirational. You were a phenomenal teacher both in the classroom and in our family. The truth is YOU are beyond words; I love you so much. You'll always be in my heart. P.s. thanks for always sneaking me the chocolates :)
  • Don McLaughlin I will always remember Ben Castiello as one of the best teachers I had at Kelly HS, Class of 63. I was in his AP history program and he gave me the foundation to do high quality research. He was an excellent teacher and I felt he was also a good friend to me and many other students. He will be missed.
  • Joe Chodorowski Ben was my favorite teacher at Kelly. It is because of his influence that I attended Loyola and am finishing my 45th year teaching US History. I shall remember him always....