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Joseph A. Kastner, 89, of Traverse City passed away peacefully on Sept. 10, 2017 at his home.
Joe was born on Sept. 1, 1928 in Pittsfield, Illinois to the late Charles Joseph and Bertha (Jordan) Kastner.
On April 16, 1984 Joe married the love of his life, Marian F. Schneider. She preceded him in death in 2010.
Joe was a dedicated member of our Armed Forces. He honorably served with the U.S. Coast Guard for 10 years. He also was employed by the Merchant Marines for 30 years and by the GAF Corp as a machine repairman for 13 years. In 1970 he retired and moved to Michigan from California.
In his spare time he enjoyed attending church, listening to Dixieland Jazz and cheering on the Detroit Tigers. In his younger years he also liked to bike.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Marian; son, Joseph Evan; sister and brother.
Joe is survived by his sons, David (Melissa) and Robert Kastner; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; step-daughters, Bonnie (Paul) Kalkwarf, Barbara (Victor) Johnson; and step-son, Brian (Mary) Hoxie; as well as many other loving family members and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary of Hannah on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. Joe will be laid to rest at St. Mary of Hannah Cemetery where he will receive full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories with the family.
Published on September 12, 2017
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