2018-10-06 / Obituaries

Judith Ann Castano

Judith Ann Castano, 69, of Coudersport died on Sept. 30, 2018 at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

She was born on June 29, 1949 in Binghamton, N.Y., a daughter of Joseph and Nina (Conn) Mack. She married David Castano on June 6, 1970. and celebrated 48 years of marriage on June 6.

Judy was a 1967 graduate of Susquehanna Valley Central High School, Conklin, N.Y., and earned a bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University in 1971. Later, she taught socially and emotionally disabled children and completed her teaching career teaching mentally challenged and learning-disabled children in Shinglehouse.

She was a member of Saint Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, where she was a lector and Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Her first ten years were spent living next to the Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton, N.Y., and this contributed to the fact that several of her favorite books had animal themes, Black Beauty to Moby Dick.

Judy enjoyed growing herbs and was a founding member of the Frosty Hollow Herb Guild. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, P.A.S.R., the International Brick Collectors Club, and the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association.

Being an avid traveler, she made 15 trips to Nova Scotia. She collected music, Slovak recipes, books, and Blue Willow China. Other passions included watching freighters, photography, scrapbooking, touring ancient cemeteries in New England, and doing laundry in an organized fashion.

She was a learner, thinker, observer, planner, memory keeper, environmentalist, baker, caregiver, writer, reader, sewer, friend, and God’s child. Her loves include Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Leonard Cohen, Billy Ray Cyrus, Albert Schweitzer, Buddy Rich, Don Imus, Rupert Brooke, Joseph Lincoln and Calvin Welsh.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter and son-in-law, April and Chad; grandchildren, Angela, Elizabeth, and Henry; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Mack; a niece and nephew, and two special cousins, Phyllis and Mary.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Randall; and many aunts and uncles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Saturday, Oct. 6, at Saint Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, with Father James Campbell officiating.

Burial will be in St. Gregory Catholic Cemetery, Macdonaldton, on Monday, Oct. 8.

Memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 Maple St., Coudersport PA 16915; St. Gregory Catholic Church, 247 High St., Meyersdale PA 15552; a local SPCA; or the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Ave, Coudersport PA 16915.

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