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Barbara (Hoffman) Kasten

December 25, 1941 ~ April 9, 2018 (age 76)

Barbara Kasten, of Merritt Island, Florida, passed away the morning of Monday, April 9, 2018, at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois.

Barb was a 1941 “Christmas baby”, born in Buffalo, New York, to Floyd W. and Janet Cook Hoffman.  On April 8, 1967, in Santa Monica, California, she married Robert R. “Ron” Kasten, son of the late Oscar “Buster” and Irma Leimer Kasten.  They had been married nearly 46 years when Ron passed away August 29, 2013.

Barb earned a PhD in Early Childhood Education and taught at Trinity College in Washington D.C. She loved to travel, defy social conventions, and was truly a character with her own unique personality.

Barb is survived by two children:   Michael (Stacy) Kasten and their children, Isaac, August, Sadie, Ella of Champaign, Illinois Illinois; and Julie (Derek) Johnston and their children, Brett, Victoria, and Lauren of Summerfield, North Carolina.

Arrangements are:  Visitation, Friday, June 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. to service time, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Missouri, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., at the church, with the Rev. Lawrence Bradt officiating.  Barbara will be laid to rest with her late husband, Ron, in the church cemetery.  McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.

A second memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Faith Lutheran Church in Merritt Island. 

Donations are suggested to the P.E.O. Foundation.

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Donations may be made to:

P.E.O. Foundation
3700 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50312., Des Moines IA 50312
Tel: 1-515-255-3153

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