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Marian Louise Kastler


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Marian Louise (Casteel) Kastler of Roswell passed from this world on 7 Nov 2019.

Marian was born 26 May 1925 in Loup City, Nebraska to William and Irma (Conrad) Casteel. The second of four daughters, the family moved to the legacy homestead farm near Crete, Nebraska during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl days of the 1930’s.

Marian graduated from Crete High School in 1942 and moved to Detroit Michigan with her sister Dorothy to work for the Chrysler Corporation in the growing American automobile industry. While in Detroit, the two sisters did their part to support the American effort in World War II by serving cookies and snacks to US servicemen traveling through Detroit on troop trains.

During the war, Marian became pen-pals with Howard Kastler, a young soldier from Texas serving in the European theatre. Upon his return, the two continued their relationship and were married in 1947 at the First Congregational Church in Crete, Nebraska.

The newlyweds moved to Austin, Texas where Howard attended the University of Texas, graduating in 1949 with a B.A. in Accounting. The couple then relocated to Roswell, New Mexico where Howard began his career in Public Accounting.

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Marian worked several years for the McDonald Motor Co. in Roswell, and as a librarian at Valley View Elementary School. However, her primary focus was always her family. Marian will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her elegance, love of flowers & all things beautiful, her sense of humor, and feisty opinions.

Marian was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Roswell, Eastern Star, and P.E.O. service organizations.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Howard C. Kastler of Roswell, son Bill (Lucia) Kastler of Dallas, TX, daughter-in-law Lacy Kastler of Roswell, granddaughters Christine (Dagan) Kastler of Los Angeles, CA, and Ashley Kastler of Dallas, TX, grandson Cody (Zanessa) Kastler of Lubbock, TX, and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Tom Kastler of Roswell.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

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