Gertrude M. Casteel, age 94, of Penn Yan, New York passed away on Saturday (June 30, 2018) at the Homestead nursing home.
Visitation for Gertrude will be held Friday (July 6, 2018) from 2 to 3 p.m. at Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 East Elm Street, Penn Yan, New York 14527. A funeral service will occur Friday (July 6, 2018) at 3 p.m., at the funeral home. An interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan, New York at the convenience of her friends.
Gertrude was born July 3, 1923 in Penn Yan, New York to Flossie and Arthur Wren. Gertrude graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1941. She then went to work for the Civil Defense as a stenographer from 1942-1945 and then retired from Yates County Dept. of Social Services in December of 1978. She married Leonard Casteel on October 24, 1959 in the United Methodist Church. She loved to travel extensively with her late husband and then later with Kay Venture. She was a lover of animals. She enjoyed collecting holiday decorations, owls and lighthouses. She was an avid football fan and the NY Giants was her favorite team.
Gertrude is survived by her godson Duane Potter; many close friends including Gina Lerch, Mike Lerch, Brian Lerch, Anne and Marty Olmstead, Toni Hobart, Cindy and Chuck Champlin, and Margaret Koch.
Gertrude was predeceased by her husband, Leonard Casteel; mother, Flossie Perry; father, Arthur Wren; friends Leonard and Marlene Lerch; cousin, Sarah Wren; as well as several other cousins.