Patti Jean Casteel, 72, of Devils Lake, Addison, Mich., and a resident at Jacqueline House Assisted Living in Cement City, Mich., died Nov. 4, 2019, surrounded by her family.
Patti was born March 19, 1947, to Paul and Jean (Wonder) Abbett. She graduated from Adrian High School in 1965. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and followed that with a master’s degree in English literature, graduating with honors.
Patti married her high school sweetheart, Charles “Pete” Casteel, on Feb. 7, 1970.
She was a lifelong learner and attended Siena Heights University, majoring in art, and earned a teaching certificate. She was an instructor for Wayne County Community College, and later became an English and social studies teacher at Sand Creek Community Schools.
Painting was her passion and she was also a talented musician. She taught piano lessons out of the home for many years. She was an accomplished writer and poet, who lived her life boldly and with purpose. In 2008, Patti was called to join the Catholic faith and attended St. Mary’s on the Lake Catholic Church.
Patti is survived by her husband; daughter Dana (and William) Kruse of Brighton, Mich., grandchildren Maxwell and Madeline; daughter Jill (and Jon) Mason of Jackson, Mich., and grandchildren Andrew, Lily and Maya; sister, Janet (and Ken) Brown of Adrian Mich.; and niece, Wendy Bender of Elkhart, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service took place Nov. 15. Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).