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Celebrating the life of
Dr. Louis L. Castilian
February 02, 1921 - February 17, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 10:00am - 10:30am - Monday, February 19, 2018
  • St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
  • 11500 Middleground Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31419

  • 925-4725
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 10:30am - Monday, February 19, 2018
  • St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
  • 11500 Middleground Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31419

  • 925-4725
  • Interment Will Be Private

Dr. Castilian, you will surely be missed. I was a good friend of your sweet daughter, Cecilia, from Blessed Sacrament through St. Vincent’s. You and your wife always went out of your way to be kind and welcoming to me. Your fath in God made a huge impression on me in my teenage years. May you Rest In Peace. May God hold your family is the hollow of his hand.

Katharine Banks Pasch, Glen Allen, VA

I remember Dr. Castilian so very fondly. As a small child I followed him from his office on Skidaway Rd. to his new office on Waters. I will always remember what a kind person he was. Rest in peace Dr. Castilian. A life well-lived!!

Claire Jarrell, Savannah, Ga.

Since death wasn't originally God's purpose for mankind ,it is very painful to deal with , but please read the wonderful hope that the Bible holds out for us all at Revelation 21:3,4

Dorothy , Dacula ,

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr.Louis. Very soon Jesus Christ will resurrect the loved ones we have lost in death back to life Acts 24:15; John 5: 28,29, right here on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5.

Sacramenta Landrum, Bklyn, NY

"A Life well lived" pales in its description of Dr.Louis. what a beautiful legacy to leave his family. We can live near people and never know about their wonderful contributions until they are gone. Prayers and Blessings to the family.

Jean Randall Bailey, Savannah, Ga

Sending love to Carmela, Jane, Jenna and all of the Aliffi family.

Gene and Pete, Durham, NC

Virginia and all the families,so very sorry to hear about Lou. A nicer man has never lived. Hugs and love to all.

Freddie aliffi, Newnan, Ga

I have such fond memories of Dr. Castilian. He was my dentist as a child and always made my visits more pleasant with his kindness, warm smile and beautiful whistling! So happy to have seen him again a few years ago...still the perfect gentleman. Rest in peace, Dr. Castilian.

Carmella Pedicini Brown, Metter, Ga.

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put in end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

My condolences for the Castillian family . he was my dentist back in the early 60's. Always upbeat and happy. He will be missed.

joyce etheridge luckey, augusta, Ga

Dear Kay and Ann, Although I never had the honor of meeting Lou, I recall how fondly you shared stories about him with me, Kay! I loved reading the obituary about your precious brother and Ann - your loving uncle! He was truly an angel walking among us on earth, wasn't he? His gentle, caring spirit even exudes out of the photo of him! I hope my dad, who passed 4 1/2 years ago, also a gentle, patient, spiritual role model for those who knew him, will somehow meet Lou on the other side! So sorry for your family's loss of such a beautiful soul!

Barbara Smith, North Tonawanda, NY

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

What a wonderful man, he was a blessing to this world and a blessing to our family. He will be missed

Lynda Guido Mangrum , Byron , Georgia

I loved Dr. Castilian. When I think of the best dentist, it's Dr. Castilian. A loving spirit, kind, gentle and he always said "I've got to load you up with pain medication because you are Norwegian with light skin and your nerves are close to the top!" He made sure I got plenty of pain medication. He was smart, always in great spirits and I went to him when I was a wee child until he retired.

Dorothy Olson-Williams, Savannah, GA

Lou was a very fine man and was so loved by many. May he Rest In Peace and play all the golf he would like !!!’ God bless the family !!!

Sanders, Atlanta, Georgia

LOU WAS A MOST WONDERFUL , KIND AND CARING MAN .HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS TO ALL OF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HIS SWEET SMILE AND HIS CARE FOR ALL WILL BE WITH US FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.......... LOVE AND PRAYERS, Vernon and Jairus Purcell ???

Vernon and Jairus Purcell, Savannah , GA

I'm very sorry for your loss. May you gain comfort at this difficult time, Revelation 21:4

Nicole, ,

Louis, Amy, I treasure the influence of your Father and Mother on my life and am assurred Our Savior has welcomed him with the words, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord." My prayers will be with you and the family. Blessings David

Rev. David W. Turner, Barnwell, SC

No matter the age or circumstance, we are never really prepared for the loss of a loved one. Please know there are others who share in your sorrow. Another sweet gentle angel has taken wing. Blessings to the entire family.

Jim/Carole (Aliffi) Barrows, Waterloo, IA

My sincere condolences to the family, death is never easy to deal with. As the Bible tells us at Isaiah 25:8 death soon will be gone forever. That will be a great time when we never will lose our loved ones in death again.

Kay F, Savannah, GA

What a life indeed! God bless!

Immings, ,

So sorry for your loss, thinking of you all. Much love to your family.

Buck and Jan Pointer, Lyons, Ga.

Our love and prayers are with you and your family during this time, as you celebrate the beautiful legacy of Dr. Castilian. May God hold you close in his care.

Dr. Beverly M. Sermons, Statesboro , GA

Dr. Louis L. Castilian, age 97, died February 17, 2018 at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

He was born in 1921 the son of Luigi Castiglione and Maria Antonietta Guido in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. His childhood and young adult years were spent in North Tonawanda, a small city ten miles upstream from Niagara Falls in western New York State. He attended public schools there and graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1938.

When the Japanese and the Germans thrust World War II upon us he enlisted as an army private in 1942. Rising through the enlisted ranks he was commissioned infantry lieutenant, led a rifle platoon in combat in France and Germany and, at war’s end, was discharged with the ETO medal with two battle stars, the combat infantry medal, and the bronze star.

In 1946 Lt. Castilian and Lt. Dahlia M. (Marge) Helm of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps were married in North Tonawanda. Marge was from Liberty County Georgia and was the granddaughter of Col. Edward Payson Miller of the Confederate States Army and a veteran of the Civil War.

Dr. Castilian studied at the University of Buffalo and was graduated in 1953 with the DDS degree having served four years as class president and, in the senior year, president of the combined Medical/Dental student council. Upon graduation he accepted a staff appointment at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. In October 1954 he began private practice in Savannah and was on the staffs of St. Joseph’s, Candler, and Memorial Hospitals until retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Savannah Dental Society, the Southeastern District Dental Society, Georgia Dental Association, and American Dental Association. His practice always included those in need: he served the youngsters at St. Mary’s Home and the Carmelite Sisters of Savannah. Since the Carmelites were a cloistered community and did not leave their residence, Dr. Castilian secured dental equipment and supplies and established a dental operatory inside the cloister.

In the early 1960’s as the SEDDS public health chairman, he coordinated with the administrator of Memorial Hospital to open an indigent dental clinic one day each week and enlisted 27 dentists to staff the clinic. He was a strong advocate of the successful effort to fluoridate Savannah’s water supply and, in 1962, was invited to join the Editorial Advisory Board of the Kettering Laboratory at the Medical College of the University of Cincinnati in a research project under a National Institute of Health grant. The mission was to research world-wide journals for scientific papers written about the presence of fluorine compounds and their effects on human health; subsequently, to prepare an extensive bibliography for use by researchers. Over a ten year period the group studied and assessed more than eight thousand abstracts of scientific papers and placed the resulting bibliography in research laboratories, medical schools and libraries.

Recognizing the injustice of excluding qualified Black dentists from membership in the Southeastern District Dental Society, he endorsed several Black dentists for membership and, for three years, led the effort until 1969 when the barrier against Blacks was removed. Forty years later Dr. J. W. Jamerson III, president of the SEDDS, publicly acclaimed this action and presented him with the President’s Award for “profound services to dentistry in Georgia”. The Georgia Dental Association, at the following annual meeting summoned him to receive their Honorable Fellow award.

He was a founding member of three organizations dedicated to Italian culture: Savannah Italian Club; Italian Heritage Society and Italian Society of Savannah. In 1989 the Italian Heritage Society honored him its Cirincione Humanitarian Award for “lifetime humanitarian contributions to Savannah”.

In 1982 he retired to an active life. That year he and a small group of friends established the “Coastal Empire Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity” and for eight years, with hammer or saw in hand, led volunteers as far away as Iowa and New England and many places in between in building homes for the needy. In 2009 the affiliate was still thriving and announced that they had just placed the 100th family in a new home in Savannah.

He and Marge were active in the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church leading to weekly seminars on the actions of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians. They were avid genealogists and, over the years, were able to trace some branches of their family trees back through the sixteenth century.

Dr. Castilian was preceded in death by his son Richard Stockton, age 6; his daughter Cecelia Jean, age 18; and his beloved wife of 56 years. In November, 2003 he married Virginia Baker Aliffi, the widow of Antonio W. Aliffi, Sr. and friend of 50 years. His survivors include his beloved wife Virginia Aliffi Castilian, brother Raymond (Judith), sister Catherine DeMart and daughter Ann, daughter Mary Castiglione (Sue Pritchett) and her daughter Jennifer (Bill Carter), son Louis and daughter Kristen, daughter Amelia Castilian-Moore (Stevie) and her son Armando Miccoli IV (Crystal). Stepchildren are Antonio W. Aliffi Jr. (Alva) and their daughter Emily Purcell (Desmal); Don Aliffi (Linda) and their daughters Jenny Maddi (CSM Douglas); Sarah Aliffi Baez (Ian); Jessica Green (B.J.); Carmela Aliffi and her daughter Jenna Alstad (Travis) and friend Jane Fishman, Salvatore Aliffi and Anna Kaluzne (Paul) and their daughters Merritt Dammeyer (Christopher), Kate Hunt (Alex), and Tom Aliffi (Stephanie); nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Habitat for Humanity, the Blessed Sacrament Building Fund or St. Frances Cabrini Church.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until 10:30 am on Monday, February19, 2018, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am. A reception and luncheon will be held in the church Social Hall following the mass. Interment will be private.

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Candle tribute lit by Ressie — Texas

Dr. Castilian, you will surely be missed. I was a good friend of your sweet daughter, Cecilia, from Blessed Sacrament through St. Vincent’s. You and your wife always went out of your way to be kind and welcoming to me. Your fath in God made a huge impression on me in my teenage years. May you Rest In Peace. May God hold your family is the hollow of his hand.

Katharine Banks Pasch, Glen Allen, VA

I remember Dr. Castilian so very fondly. As a small child I followed him from his office on Skidaway Rd. to his new office on Waters. I will always remember what a kind person he was. Rest in peace Dr. Castilian. A life well-lived!!

Claire Jarrell, Savannah, Ga.

Since death wasn't originally God's purpose for mankind ,it is very painful to deal with , but please read the wonderful hope that the Bible holds out for us all at Revelation 21:3,4

Dorothy , Dacula ,

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr.Louis. Very soon Jesus Christ will resurrect the loved ones we have lost in death back to life Acts 24:15; John 5: 28,29, right here on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5.

Sacramenta Landrum, Bklyn, NY

Candle tribute lit by Dr David Westbrook — Florida

"A Life well lived" pales in its description of Dr.Louis. what a beautiful legacy to leave his family. We can live near people and never know about their wonderful contributions until they are gone. Prayers and Blessings to the family.

Jean Randall Bailey, Savannah, Ga

Sending love to Carmela, Jane, Jenna and all of the Aliffi family.

Gene and Pete, Durham, NC

Virginia and all the families,so very sorry to hear about Lou. A nicer man has never lived. Hugs and love to all.

Freddie aliffi, Newnan, Ga

I have such fond memories of Dr. Castilian. He was my dentist as a child and always made my visits more pleasant with his kindness, warm smile and beautiful whistling! So happy to have seen him again a few years ago...still the perfect gentleman. Rest in peace, Dr. Castilian.

Carmella Pedicini Brown, Metter, Ga.

Candle tribute lit by Becky Mueller Aliffi — Georgia

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put in end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Julie Barnhill — Georgia

My condolences for the Castillian family . he was my dentist back in the early 60's. Always upbeat and happy. He will be missed.

joyce etheridge luckey, augusta, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Toni & John Glanton — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Jan Woodcock — North Carolina

Dear Kay and Ann, Although I never had the honor of meeting Lou, I recall how fondly you shared stories about him with me, Kay! I loved reading the obituary about your precious brother and Ann - your loving uncle! He was truly an angel walking among us on earth, wasn't he? His gentle, caring spirit even exudes out of the photo of him! I hope my dad, who passed 4 1/2 years ago, also a gentle, patient, spiritual role model for those who knew him, will somehow meet Lou on the other side! So sorry for your family's loss of such a beautiful soul!

Barbara Smith, North Tonawanda, NY

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

What a wonderful man, he was a blessing to this world and a blessing to our family. He will be missed

Lynda Guido Mangrum , Byron , Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Jairus and Vernon Purcell — Georgia

I loved Dr. Castilian. When I think of the best dentist, it's Dr. Castilian. A loving spirit, kind, gentle and he always said "I've got to load you up with pain medication because you are Norwegian with light skin and your nerves are close to the top!" He made sure I got plenty of pain medication. He was smart, always in great spirits and I went to him when I was a wee child until he retired.

Dorothy Olson-Williams, Savannah, GA

Lou was a very fine man and was so loved by many. May he Rest In Peace and play all the golf he would like !!!’ God bless the family !!!

Sanders, Atlanta, Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Patty — Georgia

LOU WAS A MOST WONDERFUL , KIND AND CARING MAN .HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS TO ALL OF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HIS SWEET SMILE AND HIS CARE FOR ALL WILL BE WITH US FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.......... LOVE AND PRAYERS, Vernon and Jairus Purcell ???

Vernon and Jairus Purcell, Savannah , GA

I'm very sorry for your loss. May you gain comfort at this difficult time, Revelation 21:4

Nicole, ,

Louis, Amy, I treasure the influence of your Father and Mother on my life and am assurred Our Savior has welcomed him with the words, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord." My prayers will be with you and the family. Blessings David

Rev. David W. Turner, Barnwell, SC

No matter the age or circumstance, we are never really prepared for the loss of a loved one. Please know there are others who share in your sorrow. Another sweet gentle angel has taken wing. Blessings to the entire family.

Jim/Carole (Aliffi) Barrows, Waterloo, IA

My sincere condolences to the family, death is never easy to deal with. As the Bible tells us at Isaiah 25:8 death soon will be gone forever. That will be a great time when we never will lose our loved ones in death again.

Kay F, Savannah, GA

What a life indeed! God bless!

Immings, ,

So sorry for your loss, thinking of you all. Much love to your family.

Buck and Jan Pointer, Lyons, Ga.

Our love and prayers are with you and your family during this time, as you celebrate the beautiful legacy of Dr. Castilian. May God hold you close in his care.

Dr. Beverly M. Sermons, Statesboro , GA


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