Edith Casto

December 4, 1918 - December 24, 2014
Edith Casto


Edith Rachel Casto, 96, of Wilmington, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 24 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Delaware, OH on December 4, 1918 to the late Ernest R. Lackey and Alice ldella Lackey.

She graduated as an RN from White Cross Hospital in Columbus, OH. After the loss of her eyesight, she found pleasures in things that others take for granted, like singing birds, warm sunshine, and peaceful rain. She enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and taking care of her two daughters. She leaves the lifelong memory of having fun and enjoying life to her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 34 years Charles B. Casto, daughter Pamela Delaine Richards, and siblings Herbert Ray, Mary Lucille, and lrma ldella, as well as her beloved Guide Dog Redden.

She lived for 50 years in Columbus, OH before moving to Wilmington, NC in 1997 to live with her daughter and family. She appreciated the friends that she had made as a member of the visually Impaired Persons (VlP) club in Wilmington, NC, and enjoyed the time she spent with them at meetings, outings, and especially the Lions Summer Camp.

She is survived by her daughter Penneth Denner and husband Herschel, granddaughters Holly of Raleigh, NC and Katie of Fayetteville, NC, and grandson Gavin Richards of Cambridge, MA, as well as beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews, and favorite neighbor of many years Mary Arnold of Columbus, OH.

Graveside Memorial Service will be held at Berlin Township Cemetery in Cheshire, OH at a later date, where she will be laid to rest with her husband and daughter.

ln lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pilot Dogs, 625 West Town St, Columbus, OH, 43215.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.


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  • January 01, 2015
    Joseph P Marchese says:
    My deepest sympathy, on Edith's passing. For many years I had the privilege and pleasure of driving Edith to her meetings of the VIP Support Group. She was a charming and gracious woman, friendly and pleasant. Despite her visual handicap she always maintained and positive and cheerful attitude. I shall remember her in my prayers.

  • February 02, 2015
    Ruth Ann Shade says:
    Having Aunt Edith Rachel as an Aunt was one of the many benefits of my Marriage to Allen Shade. Her gracious manner and ability to deal with her loss of vision was always such an inspiriation to me. I am so grateful for my memories of her.

  • February 10, 2015
    Jennifer DeLong-White says:
    Our group met last week-the first time we had met since Ms. Edith's passing, and I was asked to convey their sympathies. We fondly remember her (and daughter's) participation in camp, picnics, and other adventures, as well as Ms. Edith's sunny smile, and immaculate appearance.( Some of us who can't see so well have questionable appearances!) We will miss her-