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Virginia A. "Ginny" Kastens, 83

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Virginia Anne "Ginny" Kastens, age 83, of New Richmond, died Sunday, March 9, surrounded by her family.

She was born the daughter of Carl and Myrtle (Benser) Gunderson on June 11, 1930, in Rice Lake, Wis. Virginia was baptized and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Amery, Wis., and graduated from Amery High School in 1948, when many knew her as Gundy. On Oct. 6, 1951, Ginny married Gerald Kastens. She was a farm wife who raised five children and was an active member of St. Luke's Lutheran Ladies Aid and Extension Homemakers for more than 50 years. She was known for the beautiful decorated cakes she made. After retirement Ginny and Gerry worked across the states with Laborers for Christ building schools, churches and assisting with disaster relief.

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She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gerald; her children, Cyndi (Mylan Erickson) Kastens, Julie (Dennis) Wolterstorff, Mark (Kathy) Kastens, Steve (Connie) Kastens, and Kaye "Charli" (Sam) King; her grandchildren, Nate (Katie) Williams, Michelle (Mike) Cain, Mark Lee (Kaitlin) Kastens, Scott Kastens, Libby Kastens, Mandy (Darren) Ingram, Zeke King, and Orren King; five great-grandchildren; many relatives; and church family and friends.

Visitation is from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, memorial service to follow at 5 p.m. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, at Calvary Cemetery in Deer Park.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

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