June 2, 1945 – November 21, 2020

   JoAnn Marie Melgoza, 75 years old, passed away November 21, 2020.  She was a resident of Colorado Springs for 30 years and was born in Los Angeles, California on June 2, 1945 to David H. Lara and Ermelinda (nee Carrasco) Lara.   She attended Catholic elementary and high schools at St. Ignatius in Los Angeles, California.

   JoAnn was a loving person, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to all she knew.

   Her favorite pastimes were shopping, bingo, spending time with her family, the company of her two dogs, watching her favorite tv shows, and cooking.

   JoAnn is survived by her son, Dr. Steven Castillo; daughter, Michelle (nee Melgoza) Marquez; her sisters, Irene (nee Lara) Perez, and Linda (nee Lara) Vincent; her grandchildren: Jacob Castillo, Hannah Castillo, Hailee Castillo, Daniel Melgoza, Xavier Melgoza, Christian Melgoza, Arrianna Melgoza, Gabriel Melgoza, Waylon Melgoza; great-granddaughter, Maya Martinez; and many more nephews and nieces.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, David H. Lara and Ermelinda C. Lara; her brother, David C. Lara; sons, Gary Sherman Castillo, and Richard J. Melgoza; and grandson, Jayden Melgoza.

   Visitation will be held at 9:00 a.m. with at Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and funeral service at 10:00 a.m. all on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.  Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

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  1. My dear friend. I can’t believe you’re gone. We had just spoken. In my minds eye, I can see your smiling face, I can hear your voice and your laughter. We shared many beautiful memories. You blessed my life more than my written word or pen to paper can ever express. I love you and I will miss you.. Your memory will live forever in my heart.

  2. Grandma life just ain’t the same without you. I know now that I’ll be safe because I have you now watching over me! Thank you for all you love and time and effort you gave me and Maya. I love you and will never forget you!

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