Catherine Kasten

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GODFREY — Catherine Ella Kasten, 87, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Saturday July 19, 2014, at home with her family by her side.

She was born on Oct. 21, 1926, in Alton, Ill., the daughter of John and Ella (Newman) Droste.

Catherine married Kenneth Lee Kasten on June 12, 1948, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey and he preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2005.

She was the nursing supervisor of the orthopedic department at St. Joseph's Hospital in Alton for 22 years.

Catherine was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church for many years and a long time member of the women's auxiliary of the Alton VFW Post 1308.

She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed golfing.

Catherine is survived by eight children and their spouses, Nancy and Charles Newby of Nashville, Ill., Patricia and Tim Finnell of Bridgeton, Mo., Jayne Goeken of Cary, N.C., Edward and Debra Kasten of Godfrey, Bill and Melissa Kasten, Steven Kasten and Michael and Pam Kasten, all of Godfrey, and Daniel and Phyllis Kasten of Edwardsville; eighteen grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, William Droste and a sister, Margaret Droste.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday July 22, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday July 23, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey with Father Steve Pohlman celebrant.

Burial will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Godfrey.

Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

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Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Homes & Crematory
1313 W Delmar Ave Godfrey, IL 62035
(618) 466-3573
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Published in The Telegraph from July 19 to July 22, 2014
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