Laura Nicolina Castro, 86, passed away October 24, 2017 at Heritage Care Center in American Fork, Utah. She was born February 2, 1931 in Watertown, New York to Antonio and Viola Isabelle Hitchcock Castro. Her mother passed away when she was two years old and then Laura was sent to her grandmother’s home to be cared for. She lived with her grandmother in Watertown, New York until she was 11 and a half. Laura was then sent to Syracuse, New York, where she attended Catholic Boarding School until she was 16 and a half. She went back to Watertown and was married soon after that.She moved around over the years and spent time in Utah, Hawaii, Washington, Texas, and California. She worked in many different capacities over the years in restaurants, as a switchboard operator and as a secretary.She lived in Hawaii for several years where she rented a penthouse and invited many of the young adults that were passing through to stay. She encouraged them to go to church and invite any other young people to go with them back to the penthouse for Sunday dinner. Many of these young adults formed lasting friendships with her and they remained connected through-out her life. She considered her time in Hawaii as a very special period in her life.Laura loved to cook and hosted many dinners at her home. She made beautiful wedding and birthday cakes for family and friends and loved to send homemade goodies to her family for Christmas. She loved doing family history, traveling, and writing poetry.She was a faithful and dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was introduced to the church by the missionaries and was baptized August 24, 1952. She received her Endowments in the Laie Hawaii Temple, May 13, 1972. She loves the Lord and served Him well as a Seminary Teacher, Relief Society President, Gospel Doctrine Teacher and Visiting Teacher. She also served as a missionary in the Family and Church History Church Headquarters Mission.Laura was a friend to all and beloved by anyone who knew her. She was their Mentor, Counselor, Sounding Board, and Confidant.She is survived by her children: Garrick A. Berger, Russell G. Jones, Michael B. McDonald; 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son, Lamont Richard McDonald.