Patricia Joan Kastendieck
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Patricia Joan Kastendieck passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at home. She was born January 26, 1929 near Bude, Cornwall, England to Edwin and Jane Johns. She was married to Joe Kastendieck on August 14, 1954 in Bedford, England while working as a Registered Nurse at Central Middlesex Hospital in London. Joe was with the US Air Force at RAF Station "Chicksands". Pat was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister. She is survived by her husband, Joe; son, Michael Joe; daughter, Jo Marie Schumacher and husband Tom; granddaughter, Alicia Denise May; sister, Barbara Stafford of Sherborne, England; several nephews and nieces; her beloved cat "Duke" and the lovely little family dogs "Countess" and her son "Baby".
Upon arriving in the U.S., Pat started working at Springfield Baptist Hospital as an RN and instructor of OB. After Joe graduated from SMS College, they moved to Kansas City where she went to work at Menorah Medical Center and became Supervisor of the Nursery. A few years later Joe was transferred back to Springfield. She reluctantly left her nursery job and went to work at Burge Hospital until it became time to stay at home and take care of her family. Being a Church of England person she was delighted when Dr. Frank Maple knocked on her door and told her a new Episcopal Church was being built in the neighborhood and would she be interested in joining....would she ever! Pat became the very first on the Register at Ascension Episcopal Church, and her son Mike was the first that the new rector Charles Doan would christen.
Pat continued on with her much loved Ascension and was Altar Guild Directress for many years. She was deeply saddened when Ascension closed its doors in December 2011. She was very grateful when the Lord almost immediately directed her and family to All Saints Anglican Church at 2751 Galloway Road. Pat enjoyed many trips back to England and accompanied Joe on his business trips. She especially loved her home of 50 years and the family cottage on Table Rock Lake, for the past 48 years. Pat left with a smile on her face, saying "If it is God's Will".
Memorial services will be Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in All Saints Anglican Church. Interment will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be Sunday, July 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the church. Online condolences may be made at gormanscharpf.com.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader from July 26 to July 28, 2013