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Teresita Castro, sales associate at Hecht's, dies

Teresita Locsin Castro, who sold furniture and electronics goods at the old Hecht's department stores, died of bacterial meningitis complications Nov. 26 at Seasons Hospice in Milton, Mass.

The former Northwood resident was 88.

Born in La Carlota, Negros Occidental Province in the Philippines, she was the daughter of Dr. Augusto Locsin and his wife, Manuela.

Family members said her high school education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II in the Pacific.

During the war she met and married Benjamin C. Castro, a soldier in the Philippine Army. After the war he became chief of police for La Carlota. Mrs. Castro later helped her husband in managing five restaurants in Manila.

“They decided to emigrate to the United States along with their eight children after martial law was declared in the Philippines in 1972. They settled in Baltimore,” said her son-in-law, James M. Genthner of Timonium.

Mrs. Castro, who was known as Terry, worked in the electronics and furniture departments at both the Howard Street and Owings Mills Hecht’s stores before she retired.

While in Baltimore she regularly attended St. Matthew and St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic churches.

She and her husband moved to Melrose, Mass., in 1996 to help with their grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. March 3 at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Timonium.

Survivors include three sons, Melvin Castro and Manny Castro, both of Baltimore, and Carlos Castro of Framingham, Mass.; five daughters, Lorna C. McGinty, Catherine Genthner and Cristina Palmisano of Baltimore; Marijo Fadrigalan of East Taunton, Mass., and Ana Castro of Hingham, Mass.; a sister, Anita Locsin of Randolph, Mass.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 64 years died in 2009. A son, Edwin Castro, died in 1969.

--Jacques Kelly


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