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February 3, 1950 -
November 5, 2011
Ann O. Caster was born on February 3, 1950 in San Francisco, CA and grew up in Springfield, IL. In 1968, Ann graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, and then went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Art Education from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL in 1972.
Ann met her husband Andy Caster while they were both students at college. They married in August 1971, and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Ann and Andy, and their two sons Tom and Peter moved to Spokane in 1992 when Andy, now a retired federal employee, was transferred.
Before moving to Spokane, Ann worked in the display department for Marshall Fields Co. in Chicago, and later became an interior designer in the Chicago area. After moving to Spokane, Ann worked at Norwalk Furniture before opening her own antique business called Nestting.
Ann operated Nestting for over 10 years. She initially maintained spaces at several antique stores around Spokane in addition to participating in local antique shows, including the well-known Farm Chicks Show for over seven years. For the last 4 years, she centralized the business from a retired, rural fire station north of Spokane.
Nearly everyone in Spokane's antique business knew Ann. For nearly two decades Ann made a countless number of friends who will always remember her amazingly artistic eye but most of all her delightful sense of humor.
Ann was a member of St Joseph's Catholic Church in Colbert, a member of the Amadahi Garden Club and the Pine Needlers Quilting Group.
Ann leaves behind her husband Andy and two sons Tom and Peter. Ann's loss to her devoted family, including her broken hearted 12-year-old Border collie, is beyond words.
She is also survived by her, brother Michael O'Toole, Santa Rosa, CA and her sister Mary Ellen O'Toole, Stafford, VA.
Ann's extended family who also deeply mourn her loss include brother and sister in laws, Mark and Pam Caster, Spokane, Paul and Polly Caster, Milwaukee, WI., and sister-in-law, Nancy O'Toole, Santa Rosa, CA. Ann's close family members also include nieces Megan and Mary Beth O'Toole, Emily and Amanda Caster and grandnieces Harlow and Olivia O'Toole-Barber.
A Funeral Mass will be held in Ann's honor on November 18, at 11am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 3720 East Colbert Road Colbert, WA 99005-9661, with a reception at the church immediately following the service. No other memorial service is scheduled.
Donations in Ann's memory can be made to Hospice of Spokane.
Published in Spokesman-Review from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2011