Karen A. Castle

Obituary
  • "Jim as we travel through this life your family has always..."
    - Tom & Linda Jacobs
  • "I knew Karen for over 30 years. She was always gracious,..."
    - Bob Bradley
  • "We will miss you so much Karen. Dallas"
  • "Dear Jim, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family on..."
    - Greg and Barbi Nelson
  • "Dear Jim and Family, We were so sad to hear of Karen's..."

Karen A. Castle died on
June 24, 2014 after courageously
and gracefully battling
Alzheimer's and cancer
for over 10 years. Karen's
beautiful spirit and joy of
living were inspirational to
all who knew her. She was
a devoted wife, mother,
daughter, and grandmother
as well as a superb athlete,
child advocate, and community
leader.
Karen Ann was born in
Greeley, Colorado to Max
and Ruth Oesterle. She
has two brothers, Dallas of
Canoga Park, CA and Max of
Ft. Collins, CO. As a young
girl, Karen was extremely
shy and quiet. But when she
entered high school, she
blossomed into a beautiful,
popular teen who was voted
Miss Greeley High as a senior.
Her winning smile and
genuine kindness opened
doors for her as she went on
to attend the University of
Northern Colorado, where
she earned her BA and MA
in elementary education.
Karen was a very proud
member of Alpha Phi Sorority
as well as numerous
women's honorary groups.
On August 23, 1964 Karen
married the love of her life,
Jim Castle, and together
they received their Master's
degrees in 1967. Born to
work with children, Karen
taught first and second
grade in Littleton, Colorado
for five years. Karen and
Jim were blessed with two
daughters, Kelli and Nicole,
and for the next 20 years,
Karen devoted herself to
providing every opportunity
for her girls. No mother has
ever been more proud to
celebrate successes or more
capable of soothing difficult
losses. Karen taught her
daughters what motherhood
truly means. During her
marriage to Jim, Karen relocated
their family ten times!
The former small town girl
addressed each challenging
new community with class
and excitement. She always
maintained her connections
with dear friends, even from
oceans away. Karen joined
Bible studies, headed PTAs
and PEO, volunteered for
children's service organizations,
even learned new languages.
The saying "Behind
every successful man is a
strong woman" must have
been written about Karen.
Karen's devotion to her
family was strengthened
by her Christian faith. She
found her passion traveling
with her family around
the world, learning about
different cultures as well as
different cuisines. Always
an athlete, Karen challenged
herself to become a
terrific runner, golfer, skier,
tennis pro, and Jim's best
dancing partner. She taught
her family how to love and
forgive; how to laugh and
be a champion; how to work
hard and play harder; and
most importantly, how to
be a strong mother, grandmother,
and wife. She was a
compassionate listener and
a fiercely loyal friend. Even
as she battled to maintain
her memory and her dignity,
Karen continued to make
friends, care for others,
bring those around her joy,
and through it all...share her
beautiful smile.
The family wishes to
thank the Silverado Alzheimer's
Community in
Encinitas which was Karen's
last home. The care, love,
and respect the nurses,
caregivers, residents, and
their families showed for
Karen during the end of her
journey was a blessing to
her family. And they always
spoke of Karen's sweet
disposition and her loving
spirit.
Words cannot express
the many ways Karen will
be missed by her loving
husband, her devoted
daughters, her amazing
son-in-law, and her four
precious grandchildren. A
celebration of Karen's life
followed by a reception
will be held at the Village
Church in Rancho Santa Fe
on Monday August 18th at
11 am 6225 Paseo Delicias,
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made
to the
in Karen's name at
www.alz.org.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from July 1 to July 31, 2014
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