Doris Castenson

By on March 28, 2013

Doris Castenson of Maple Park died peacefully in her home on Saturday, March 23, 2013, with family by her side.

Born on Sept. 20, 1926, in Shelby County, Ill., Doris was the daughter of Herschel and Nellie (Funderburk) Williams.

On March 1, 1941, Doris married the love of her life, Donald Glen Castenson, and proudly celebrated their 67 years together.

Doris’ life was devoted to her husband and her family, who will forever cherish memories of her love and her smile. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was their biggest cheerleader and supporter in all their endeavors. They will always remember her as a great story teller and giver of love and treats. Known to her great-grandchildren as “Grandma McDonald,” she loved to watch them build with Legos on her living room floor.

Doris was an avid reader, enjoyed listening to music, loved to travel with her husband and have coffee with her friends. She especially treasured Saturday morning breakfasts with her siblings.

She is survived by her husband, Donald; two daughters, Christi Castenson of Sycamore and Donna (Mike) Sauber of Virgil; grandchildren, Katherine (John) Duraski, Addie (Dustin) Storm, Michael Paul Sauber (Allison Schramer, fiancee) and Drew Castenson; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Ethan Storm and Jack and Harlee Duraski; siblings, Lorna Knuuttila (Don Davidson), Jess (Helen) Williams and Dallas (Donna) Williams. She was also a special aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Herschel and Nellie Williams.

A visitation was held on Tuesday at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. Quiram Chapel in Sycamore. The funeral service was held on Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore. Reverend Rob Kinnear officiated. Burial took place at Fairview Cemetary in DeKalb.

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