Penn Yan, N.Y. - Bernard "Bernie" R. Castner, 60, of Penn Yan, N.Y. passed away unexpectedly Wednesday (March 27, 2013).
Family and friends are invited to call on Monday (April 1) from 4:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday (April 2) at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Liberty St., Penn Yan, N.Y. with burial to follow at St. Michael's Cemetery.
The family requests no flowers, so please consider sending a memorial donation in Bernie's name to: St. Michael's School, 214 Keuka St., Penn Yan, NY 14527 or Humane Society of Yates County, PO Box 12, Penn Yan, NY, 14527.
Bernie was born in Penn Yan, N.Y. on March 7, 1953, the son of the late E. Robert and Barbara Boyd Castner. Bernie was a graduate of Penn Yan Academy and attended SUNY Morrisville College. He worked for Penn Yan Express and PBI Radio before starting his own business, Vital Telecommunications. He was a member of St. Michael's Church.
Bernie is survived by his wife, Julie; children, Ross (Amber Wraight) Castner of Penn Yan, N.Y., Abby Castner of Austin, Texas, Ryan Castner, Reid Castner, Mark Hammond all of Penn Yan, N.Y.; sisters, Linda (Stephen) Staples of Albany, N.Y., Sharon (Robert) Langer of Endicott, N.Y., Mary (Adrian) Tyndell of Brockport, N.Y.; brother, Brian (Jane) Castner of Eldersburg, Md.; stepmother, Elizabeth "Betty" Castner of Penn Yan, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Patricia Wood of Penn Yan, N.Y.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and his faithful companions Bear, Butter and Peanut.
Friends are invited to visit Bernie's on-line guest book at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com