Nohema Graber Obituary Iowa, Death Notice and Service Information

Nohema Graber Obituary, Death – Nohema (Castillo y Castillo) Graber, who was 66 years old at the time of her passing, left this life at Chautauqua Park in Fairfield, Iowa. After receiving her diploma, Nohema spent the next 17 years of her life working for Mexicana de Aviación as a flight attendant. In addition to that, she pursued training to become a pilot for a commercial airline and was one of the first women in Mexico to receive training to fly passenger planes. Nohema’s love of travel was something she never lost, and it was something she instilled in each of her children.

In 1992, Paul and Nohema uprooted their family and moved to Fairfield, where they brought up their three young children. She subsequently started going to daily Mass and became quite involved in the Catholic Church of St. Mary. Nohema’s faith served as her compass throughout her life, and she eventually became a connector between the local church and Fairfield’s relatively tiny but rapidly expanding Latino community.

As their children grew older, Nohema made the decision, when she was in her fifties, to enroll at Iowa Wesleyan University in neighboring Mt. Pleasant and earn a bachelor’s degree in English as well as a teaching credential. Her first teaching position was at Ottumwa High School, where she remained employed as a Spanish instructor until the year 2012. She started working at Fairfield High School in 2012 as a Spanish teacher, where she quickly became a fixture and was adored by a large number of students, parents, and staff. She was frequently the recipient of greeting cards and letters from her former pupils.

Nohema’s life was centered on her devotion to her children, her family, and her religion. Her employment as a teacher, as well as the pupils she instructed, her parish, and the Latin community in Fairfield were the next things on her list of priorities. She also enjoyed reading and was an avid walker at Chautauqua Park. Nohema was very disciplined at getting her walking in each day and just loved being outside enjoying nature.

Nohema will be missed by Paul of Fairfield; her children, Christian Graber of Valencia, Spain, Jared Graber of Fairfield and Nohema Graber of Valencia, Spain; siblings, Jose Reyes Castillo Castillo of Houston, TX, Felipe Castillo Castillo, Alfredo Castillo Castillo, Heriberto Castillo Castillo all of Xalapa, Veracruz, and Maria del Socorro Castillo Castillo of Cancun, Mexico; and many nieces and nephews.