Iris S. “Dutch” Caskey

Iris CaskeyIris S. “Dutch” Caskey, 86, of 250 White Pine Road, DuBois, and formerly of Flower Valley, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Penn Highlands DuBois.

She was born April 13, 1929 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Vincent J. and Vera E. Sharp Sherry.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1947.  She worked as a bookkeeper for V. J. Sherry, Louis Geis’ Sawmill, and several other businesses.

On May 20, 1950, in the St. Mary’s Church, she married David W. “Tater” Caskey, Jr., who preceded her in death on February 14, 2001.

She is survived by four daughters, Amy Villa and her husband Pete of Puyallup, WA, Julie Rohrback and her husband Tim of St. Marys, Libby Slye and her husband Jeff of St. Marys, E’Dee Schneider and her husband Randy of DuBois; two sons, David V. Caskey of St. Marys and Michael W. Caskey and his wife Irene of St. Marys; 14 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Patricia Sherry and Faith Schloder, both of St. Marys.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson and one granddaughter.

Dutch was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, the Historical Society, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She documented local cemetery records and along with her sister-in-law, Sally Caskey, authored five cemetery books.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Friday, May 29, 2015, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday morning from 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Historical Society, 99 Erie Avenue, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Vicky Auman/NC May 27, 2015 at 2:25 pm

To the Caskey Family, my sincere sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful woman. Living in the South I didn’t see her as often as I used to, but when I did she always had a smile on her face and hug waiting for me. I know the last few years have been hard on her but she fought like a trooper the whole time. Though my heart is heavy with her passing, I am also smiling at the flooding of memories. She will be greatly missed.

Mark and Julie Villa May 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Condolences to your family.

Connie and Rich Yavorsky May 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all to give you strength through this difficult time.

suz CA May 28, 2015 at 7:47 pm

*Caskeys *

oh Dutchie, You will certainly live on in my heart. You have made a remarkable difference in my Mother’s life and I will cherish the memories she shared of your friendship. I will never forget coming out to The Farm to bail hay, sleep over, or eat some yummy food when we came treeing at Christmastime. You will never be forgotten by me or those of us fortunate enough to have known you. I was blessed to be family. You were always welcoming and genuine. Thank you. The afghan you made me keeps me warm nightly on the couch, my tossel cap keeps my ears snuggly while on my walks with the dogs, and the slippers keep my toes cozy on the stark hardwood floors. These gifts of love from you will be my hugs. (always have been) My heart aches for all of my cousins and their families. You will be missed……………..you are missed.
love you to pieces
suz

suz CA May 28, 2015 at 11:41 pm

*Caskeys *

Oh Dutchie, You will certainly live on in my heart. You have made a remarkable difference in my Mother’s life and I will cherish the memories she shared of your friendship. I will never forget coming out to The Farm to bail hay, sleep over, or eat some yummy food when we came treeing at Christmastime. You will never be forgotten by me or those of us fortunate enough to have known you. I was blessed to be family. You were always welcoming and genuine. Thank you. The afghan you made me keeps me warm nightly on the couch, my tossel cap keeps my ears snuggly while on my walks with the dogs, and the slippers keep my toes cozy on the stark hardwood floors. These gifts of love from you will be my hugs. (always have been) My heart aches for all of my cousins and their families. You will be missed……………..you are missed.
Love you to pieces,
suz

Lois Kuntz Eckert May 30, 2015 at 10:23 am

My sincere condolences to all the family.
Iris and her husband bought my grandmother’s farm in Flower Valley. My mother was the youngest Wolf daughter. Iris corresponded with me in the early 1960’s for several years, sending histories on our respective family and their distant relationship. At her invitation we toured the farm on a reunion of my children in St. Marys one hot summer day. I fondly remember your mother as a gracious, happy and generous person. She will be missed by many. May she rest in the peace of Christ!

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