Phyllis Kastner

Jan. 1, 1932-Sept. 5, 2019

Phyllis Kastner, 87,

Garrison, died on Thurs-

day, September 5, 2019 at

the Garrison Hospital.

Funeral services will be

held today at 10:30 am at

St. Nicholas Catholic

Church in Garrison.

Phyllis Arlene Knudt-

son was born January 1,

1932 to Maurice and

Anna (Tomko) Knudtson

on a farm near Makoti,

ND. She was the 3rd old-

est of 10 children and was

born on her sister

Marcey’s 3rd birthday.

Phyllis attended grade

school at Hiddenwood,

Mountrail, and Wright

Schools. She graduated

from Plaza High School in

1949. She worked for Ol-

gar and Weldon Lunden

near Roseglen before at-

tending Minot State Col-


In 1951, she moved to

Michigan to live with her

brother, Archie, in Keego

Harbor and Auburn

Heights. She worked as a

waitress and worked on

the assembly line at Ponti-

ac Motors putting on

brake hoses, etc. She and

Archie would entertain

many people by singing

and playing guitar.

Phyllis moved back to

the farmstead and shortly

after met Emil Kastner.

They were united in mar-

riage October 25, 1953 in

the old St. Nicholas

Church. They farmed to-

gether southwest of Doug-

las and raised their 12

children, helping out with

farm chores, milking

cows, raising pigs, chick-

ens, turkeys, geese and

ducks. They would

butcher the fowl and sell

some of them to neigh-

bors. She also sold eggs

and fresh farm cream to

many customers every

Friday morning. She

helped with butchering

pigs, hauling bales, and

picking rock. She also

raised a big garden and

would can 500 quarts of

fruits and vegetables in

one year. She would bake

12 loaves of bread every

other day. She made the

best buns, caramel rolls,

cookies and donuts!

Phyllis loved listening

to country music, polkas,

waltzes, and yes, Lynard

Skynard’s “They Call Me

the Breeze” which was a

“must” on rides to the

casino. She also loved to

dance. She also made

quilts for her children and

grandchildren, often

drawing on paper, with

Crayola crayons, to find a

pattern and would use

“any” type of material.

She loved playing softball

with her children and

once in a while the neigh-

bor kids would come and

join us on a Sunday after-

noon. She was a whiz at

Scrabble and playing all

sorts of card games. Quite

often she would host pro-

gressive Whist parties in

their home. And she

loved the casinos!

Whether it be 4 Bears or

out in Coeur d’Alene,

Idaho when she would

spend time with her sis-

ter, Shirley, in Spokane

often counting her win-

nings on the car ride

home. She was a member

of St. Ann’s Altar Society,

St. Nicholas Catholic

Church, and the Garrison


Phyllis was preceded in

death by: her husband,

Emil, sons, Gary and

Galen, grandson, Sean

Burnett, son-in-law, Don

Brewster, and great grand-

daughter Avyn Iglehart.

She was also preceded in

death by 2 sisters, Marcy

and Darlene, and 3 broth-

ers, Archie, Daryl, and

Maurice, Jr.

Phyllis is survived by:

her children, Sandra

Kastner, Robert (Colleen)

Kastner, Rhonda (Stu)

Kragh, all of Minot, James

(Tami) Kastner of Anoka,

MN, Carolyn Brewster,

Linda (Doug) Iglehart, Pat-

ti (Paul) Garcia all of

Garrison, Paul (Donna)

Kastner of Douglas, Tim

(Shirelle) Kastner of

Williston, and Kelly

Kastner of New Bern, NC,

grandchildren and great

grandchildren, Kristi,

Steph (Todd) and Robbie

Rosselli and their children

Taiylor (Mark), Taiyton,

Azure, Teagan, Amara,

Monie (Tyler), Taya and

TJ, Jasen and Brandi

Kastner, Craig Kastner,

Shannon Kastner, Bobbie

(Ben) Mooney, Tanner

(Whitney) Kastner and

their children, Hayden,

Frank, Evlyn, Ruth, Ellie,

and Sophie, Josh (Maris-

sa) Gillmore and their

children, Jayden & Kynsli,

Marli and Paityn Burnett,

Jessica (Billy) Miller of

Parshall, Dawn (JJ)

Schmaltz, Bismarck, Anna

(Ken) Merschon of Man-

dan, and their children

Evan & Kale Kolden, Cam-

den & Madden Miller,

Kylie & Cole Fred, Brook-

lyn and Gavin Schmaltz,

Kenny, Gabby, Adrianna,

Alyssa, and Roman Mer-

schon, Korey (Amaya)

Kastner and their

daughter Tennyson, David

Kastner, Travis (Mindy)

Iglehart, their children,

Nashton, Dawson, Brax-

ton, Treyson, and Addy-

son, Andy (Cindy)

Iglehart and their chil-

dren, Brynn, Shaelynn,

and Brookstynn, Tawnya

Iglehart, and Allen

Iglehart, Kyle Kastner,

Chris (Amber) Kastner

and their children Saige,

Mariah, Phoenix, and

Lily, Mitchell Bruhn, Ash-

ley Kastner, and Asia

Sorenson, Bret (Michael)

and Quintin Kragh.

Other survivors in-

clude: her sisters, Mari-

lyn, Bernice, Shirley

(Wallace), brother, Larry

(Nancy) , sister-in-laws,

Florene and Janice and

many nieces, nephews,

and cousins.