Lou Ann was a devoted and loving mother. She was very proud of her family and loved holidays and family get-togethers. Any chance she had to spend time with family was important to her. Lou Ann loved to sew and alter clothes for friends, family and neighbors. She was a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Freeburg, IL, where she volunteered when needed.
Lou Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Wallace W. Castens; her parents, Martin and Pauline, nee Wedemeyer, Rathert;
a brother-in-law, Robert Lodge; and a nephew, Marty Blair.
Surviving are two sons, Allen W. (Ann) Castens of Freeburg, IL, and Jerry L. (Suzie) Castens of Smithton, IL;
a daughter, Nancy A. (Mike) Gregson of Waterloo, IL; six grandchildren, Jeremey (Stacy) Gregson, Jamie (Sarah) Gregson, Stefanie (Aaron) Cope, Angela (Chad) Sanders, Brandon Castens, and Kristen (Frank) Simek; nine great-grandchildren, Ian Matzenbacher, Charley Gregson, Damon Gregson, Alyssa Gregson, Megan Gregson, Brynne Sanders, Maya Sanders, Cecelia Simek, and Franklin Simek; three step-grandchildren, Nicholas O’Saben, Brendan O’Saben, and Alexander O’Saben; four sisters, Verna Dean (Lester) Blair of Percy, IL, Darlene Lodge of Puxico, IL, Carolyn (Lester) Lange of Campbell Hill, IL, and Sue (Tom) Pierceall of Chester, IL; four brothers, Marvin (Audrey) Rathert of Steeleville, IL, Orville (Marlene) Rathert of Steeleville, IL, Ken (Janel) Rathert of Kirkwood, MO, and Bob (Cookie) Rathert of Coulterville, IL; nieces; and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Freeburg, IL, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Freeburg, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Bruce Keseman officiating.
Burial will be at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL.