Sarah J. Kastner-Warren

Sarah J. Kastner-Warren joined the heavenly angels on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, under the care of her family, Compassus Hospice, and the Bell Tower Residence staff. Sarah’s recent cancer diagnosis along with her Parkinson’s was difficult on her body, but she fought hard.

Sarah was born on June 13, 1934, in Hibbing, Minnesota to the late William and Elfie (Strand) Parish. She married her first husband, Frederick Kastner in 1954, he preceded her in death in 2008. In 2012 Sarah married Charles Warren and he survives.

After graduating high school, Sarah went on to a secretary school. During her working years she was a secretary at a local church and was later a manager at several different banks. Sarah was a strong woman with a strong faith in God which helped her to persevere through some exceedingly difficult situations in her life. She consistently showed compassion, kindness, generosity, and selflessness throughout her actions everyday putting others first. Sarah was very nurturing, affectionate, and empathetic. She always encouraged her children to problem solve and figure things out on their own but was always there to pick them up if they needed it with her encouraging words, a beautiful smile, or a hug.

One of Sarah’s greatest talents was being a seamstress; one of her joys was sewing quilts. The love she gave is wrapped in those beautiful creations through the work of her hands. Sarah’s humor, sweet demeanor, and kind spirit will live on in those who knew and loved her. Sarah enjoyed reading, playing cards, crocheting, and being surrounded by family and friends.

Sarah is survived by her husband, Charles Warren of Overland Park, Kansas; her children, Bill (Gail) Kastner of Greeley, Colorado, Paul (Jill) Kastner of Sherman, Illinois, Steve Kastner of Rhinelander, Beth (Kenny) Brown of Katy, Texas, Debra (Stephen) Gardner of Appleton, and Sue (Geno) Steffen of Merrill; grandchildren, Whitney, Kyle, Tyler, Tasha, Steven, Jared, Casey, and Cole; eight great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Parish of Virginia, Minnesota; special family member, Peggy Kastner; beloved life-long, friends Marge and Jo; and her new found friends at Bell Tower, especially her table family. Sarah was preceded in death by her first husband, Frederick Kastner; parents, William and Elfie Parish; brother, William Parish; and special friend, Ellis Erb.

A Memorial Mass was held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Visitationl began at 12:00 P.M., Noon, Saturday at the church. Taylor-Stine Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Merrill, is assisting the family. The family would like to thank the staff at Bell Tower Residence, Compassus Hospice, and Deacon John from Marathon for their love and care of Sarah. They believe she is already dealing cards for contract rumi with her mother in heaven. Sarah was very loved and will be greatly missed.


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