Virden – Willene Kasten 90 of East Peoria, IL formerly of Virden, IL passed away Sunday April 13, 2014 at Riverview Manor Care in East Peoria. Willene was born October 5, 1923 in Bachtown, IL, the only daughter of 6 children born to Alta Mae and William F. Breden. She attended school in Grafton and Jerseyville, IL and graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Alton, IL. She was a cadet nurse in the Army Corp of Nurses and received additional post graduate training in Milwaukee, WI.
Willene married John S. Kasten of Carlinville, IL September 17, 1949 where they resided in Virden for 60 years. They were members of Sacred Heart Church.
Early in marriage, Willene worked at St. John’s Hospital and later retired from Virden School District where she was school nurse for 26 years. Over her lifetime she did private duty with many friends and relatives, and often was called upon to provide advice for illness and injury. Willene also had a wonderful singing voice and sang for weddings of several nieces, nephews, and Sacred Heart Church parishioners.
She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Randle (Charles) of East Peoria, IL and one son, Jeffrey Kasten (Claudia) of Deerfield, IL; six grandchildren, Marisa Randle and Brian Randle (Stacia) of Chicago; Katie, Chris, Nick, and Lizzie Kasten of Deerfield, IL; great grandson Noah Randle; sister-in laws Mary Alice and Joanne Breden; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John; infant son John Lynn; and brothers Harold, Ralph, Norman, Ken, and Laverne Breden.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday April 20, 2014 at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, IL with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Monday April 21, 2014 with funeral mass at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Virden, IL. Monsignor Thomas Holinga officiating. Pallbearers: Brian Randle, Chris Kasten, Nick Kasten, Fred Gass, Jim Gass, Gerry Odell, Ken Breden & Bill Breden with Honorary Pallbearers, Phil Breden, Mark Breden and Greg Breden. Burial will be in Virden Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church, North Mac Schools Foundation and Prairieland Ambulance all of Virden, IL. Please visit calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com to leave a comment for the family.