Richard E. “Bud” Kastner

Richard E. “Bud” Kastner, 88, a resident of Ridgmont Personal Care Home in Ridgway, and formerly of Upper Cherry Lane in Kersey, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2018.

He was born March 25, 1930, in Dagus Mines, son of the late Richard and Anna Kahout Kastner. On January 31, 1970, he married Joan Meier, who preceded him in death on March 22, 2016.

He was a lifelong resident of the area, graduating from Kersey High School in 1948. He was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church and was an usher there for many years.  Bud worked at the St. Marys’ A & P for 32 years and later built and ran Bud’s Country Market in Kersey.

Bud was an avid coin collector and had a keen interest in photography. He loved to hunt and took many trophy buck during his time in the woods.  He also loved fly fishing and tied many of his own lures.

He was a proud member of the St. Boniface Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Kersey Eagles, having been a past treasurer there.

Bud is survived by a sister, Miriam Lavella of Kersey; and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Adelaide Gallagher and Helen Schmidt, both of Naples, FL, Rose Viglione of Ridgway, and Irene Ohlin of Toby Valley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Visitation will be held in the St. Boniface Church Gathering Space from 9:00 AM until the time of Mass.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Evergreen Endowment Fund, St. Boniface Church, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846.

Brenda & John Meier September 16, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Best wishes to family and friends of Bud and Joanie Kastner. Fond memories for both, we’re going to miss you Bud!

Bill & Donna Winn September 18, 2018 at 8:16 am

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Sadly, such losses are something we have to deal with … for now. When it occurs, we all look for a source of comfort as we grieve, help to ease the pain, the sense of emptiness. May you find comfort in these inspired words of Isaiah, “Your dead will live. … the earth will let those powerless in death come to life.” (Isa.26:19) God has promised us that millions of the dead are alive in His memory and He shows us in His Word how we can hope to see them again in the future in a cleansed earth.

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