Edna, formerly of Columbus, along with her twin brother Edward were born to parents, Peter and Katie Mader, in Berthold, N.D. She passed from her earthly life to her eternal home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., at Polidori Hospice House after suffering a stroke at her daughter Juanita's on Nov. 7, 2012. Juanita and Edna's granddaughter, Tina, were by her side at her death.
Edna grew up in the Larson and Columbus area. She attended grades 1 through 12 at Columbus Public School, graduating from Columbus High School in 1938.
Edna married Robert Casteel in 1939 and they had four children, Juanita, Roberta, Mary and Robert. After her husband passed away in 1965, she stayed on the family farm and son, Robert, took over the farming.
After several years she left the farm and spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., where she bought a home. She spent time with family and friends, always returning in the spring to her beloved farm. When she could no longer stay on the farm alone she spent time traveling between her three daughters, spending four months with each one. It was a privilege and a joy to care for and pamper her and they will treasure the times she spent with each of them. Edna enjoyed playing cards and other games, including some short casino trips, and doing the puzzle every morning in the newspaper.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents; brothers, Edward, Richard and Leo; and sisters, Margaret, Lillian, Grace, Katherine, Emma and Marie.
Edna is surived by her loving family: daughters, Juanita (Leo) Gervais, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Roberta (Jerry) Bonsness, Rapid City, S.D., Mary (Wayne) Loock, of Hammond, Wis., and one son, Robert (Liz) Casteel, of Larson. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Jeff, Troy, Teresa, Tommy, Jackie, Chad, Laura, Michael, Nicole, Rob, Rich, Tina and Leo Jr.; 19 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Her sisters, Myrtle and Rose, both of Great Falls, Mont., and brothers, Merton, of Great Falls, and Pat, of Dickinson, also survive plus numerous nieces and nephews, all whom loved her.
Leitz-Fraze Funeral Home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., attended to her cremation.
There will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of Edna's life in Columbus in late spring and she will be buried next to her husband, Robert, in Columbus Cemetery.