Susie Anne Casto, 81, passed away on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 in the Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford from complications of a recent illness.
She was born Jan. 4, 1929 in Thermopolis, Wyo. to Earnest Leland Howard and Hazle Esther (Renner) Howard.
Susie was raised on the Huntley Project near Billings Mont. She graduated from Project High School and attended Boise Community College in Boise, Idaho.
She Married Ed Casto on Sept. 23, 1953 in Ashland. They lived most of their married lives in Lakeview.
Susie was a homemaker for many years until her daughters were in school. She owned and operated a yarn, fabric and antique shop, the Spool and Spindle in Lakeview from 1972-1983. After the Spool and Spindle she became a realtor in Lakeview. When her husband, Ed, passed away in 1994, she moved to Ashland and worked at Gold n’ Gems on the Plaza and enjoyed all that Ashland had to offer as she moved into her retirement years.
She was a member of the Bear Creek Handknitters and Rogue Valley Machine Knitters.
Susie loved to do handwork and was an avid knitter as well as crocheting, quilting and making beaded gifts for her friends and family. She enjoyed tole painting and acrylics. Her sense of color and style for fashion and “gypsy soul” regarding all things sparkly and bedazzling created a hobby of collecting jewelry that was her signature. She was very active at Twin Creeks Retirement Center in bible study, bingo, painting classes, and book club. She enjoyed the outdoors, arrowhead hunting, gardening, raising African Violets, visiting Seven Feathers and spending time with her family.
Susie was preceded in death by her husband Ed Casto; parents Earn and Hazle Howard; brothers Bill Gibbs, Ed and James Howard; sister Clio LaVelle.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Ginger Casto (James Ward) of Jacksonville and Kim and Michael van der Sleesen of Lakeville, Mass.; grandchildren Zak Shaw of Ashland, Katy and Sean (Vickie) Hallinan of Boston, Mass.; 10 great-grandchildren; one great–great grandson; numerous nieces and nephews; dear friends Ron and Connie Barrett; loyal canine Buddy.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the Twin Creeks Retirement Center, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point.
Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to support local arts organizations such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Rogue Opera, 33 N. Central #424, Medford 97501, Rogue Valley Symphony, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland.