EAST PEORIA - Willene Kasten, 90, of East Peoria, Ill., formerly of Virden, Ill., passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Riverview Manor Care in East Peoria.
Willene was born Oct. 5, 1923, in Bachtown, Ill., the only daughter of six children born to Alta Mae and William F. Breden. She attended school in Grafton and Jerseyville, Ill., and graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Alton, Ill. She was a cadet nurse in the U.S. Army Corps of Nurses and received additional postgraduate training in Milwaukee, Wis. Willene married John S. Kasten of Carlinville, Ill., on Sept. 17, 1949, in Virden, where they resided for 60 years.
They were members of Sacred Heart Church.
Early in marriage, Willene worked at St. John's Hospital and later retired from Virden School District, where she was school nurse for 26 years. Over her lifetime she did private duty with many friends and relatives, and often was called upon to provide advice for illness and injury. Willene also had a wonderful singing voice and sang for weddings of several nieces, nephews and Sacred Heart Church parishioners.
She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Randle (Charles) of East Peoria, Ill.; one son, Jeffrey Kasten (Claudia) of Deerfield, Ill.; six grandchildren, Marisa Randle and Brian Randle (Stacia) of Chicago, and Katie, Chris, Nick and Lizzie Kasten of Deerfield, Ill.; great-grandson, Noah Randle; sisters-in law, Mary Alice and Joanne Breden; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; infant son, John Lynn; and brothers, Harold, Ralph, Norman, Ken and Laverne Breden.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Virden, Ill., with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, with funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Virden, Ill. Monsignor Thomas Holinga will be officiating. Burial will be in Virden Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church, North Mac Schools Foundation and Prairieland Ambulance, all of Virden, Ill.
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