Andres Pastrana, the custodian at Christ & Saint Stephen’s at 120 West 69th Street, succumbed to complications from the COVID-19 virus and died Sunday afternoon.
Pastrana had worked at the church for more than 20 years, and before that for the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, which runs a food pantry. The church helped start a GoFundMe for him, and as of Thursday it had secured more than $5,000, above its goal of $4,000. The funds will go to help his family.
Rev. Kathleen Liles sent the following message:
“I have the sad duty to inform you that our longtime custodian Andres Pastrana succumbed to complications from the COVID-19 virus and died Sunday afternoon. Andres has served on our staff for more than twenty years. After arriving from West Side Campaign Against Hunger, where I came to know him, Andres quickly proved himself to be a faithful and very hardworking man. For a number of years, he served as assistant to the late George Johnson. After George died Andres stepped up and increased his duties without falter or complaint as he became ever more deeply woven into the fabric of our community. He will be deeply missed.
I ask that you keep Andres, along with his son Daniel Ruiz (who serves as our sexton), Andres’ wife Florencia Azucena Ruiz, and his entire family in your prayers in the days ahead.”