Therese Stegmaier Casteel passed Thursday, October 25, 2012 at her residence at
Brandon Woods in Lawrence, Kansas. Memorial services for Marie Therese Stegmaier Casteel, 86, will be conducted in two locations.
On Monday, October 29th, 3:00pm, a brief memorial service and reception will be held at Brandon Woods in Lawrence, Kansas.
On Friday, November 2nd, 9:15am, the family will receive friends at St Joseph Cathedral in Jefferson City, Missouri. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30am.
In keeping with Mrs. Casteel’s wishes, she bequeathed her body to the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Marie Therese Stegmaier was born on September 28th, 1926, in Jefferson City; she was the youngest of the three children of Otto Charles Stegmaier and Clara Marie Franz. A brother, Dr. Otto C. Stegmaier, and a sister, Mary Loy Stegmaier Carney, preceded her in death.
She attended Mary Mount College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Social Work.
Therese married Benjamin Edward Casteel at St. Peter’s Church on May 6th 1950. A union of 40 years resulted in seven children: Ben Casteel (Helene), Mary Casteel, Kathleen Basset (Joe), Jeanne Wichman (Curt), Carol Casteel Frick (Warren), Marvin Casteel, Nancy Cuppy (Bron), 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
In 1992 Therese married James Dilger of Houston Texas. James also preceded Therese in death.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to St Jude Children’s Hospital, St. John the Evangelist Church in Lawrence, Kansas, or the Carmelite Convent in Jefferson City, and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.