Joan Spath was born to Fred and Emma (Esser) Spath in
Waukesha, Wisconsin on July 22, 1929. They lived a brief time in
Tony, Wisconsin before moving to Stanley, Wisconsin. She
attended St Anne Catholic Grade School and graduated from
Stanley High School.
Joan married Sylvester “Sonny” Kastel on July 29, 1947. Together
they raised four children on a dairy farm on County Road O, just
west of Stanley. Joan loved her life on the farm. Joan enjoyed
being socially active. She was a member of the Marburn Club,
Saint Anne’s Altar Society, and Womens’ Club. In more recent
years, Joan regularly joined her friends for morning coffee, Red
Hats society, playing cards, and swimming in the Stanley pool.
After Sonny passed away, Joan took care of her mother and
enjoyed the companionship of a German foreign exchange student,
Casey Meilleer. Joan and Casey have kept in contact and visited
each other. Casey’s most recent visit was for Joan’s 85th birthday.
Joan had a long-term friendship with Ben Schwellenbach of
Neillsville, Wisconsin. Together they enjoyed camping, fishing, and
Joan met Reverend Louis Kerestes and they married on April
21,2001. Louis is a retired Lutheran Minister and Joan was active
in her Catholic faith. Joan and Louis enjoyed dancing, their church
activities, and most of all, their families.
Joan loved her family and treasured spending time with them and
graciously serving many meals. She also enjoyed her travels, both
in the United States and abroad. Some of her trips included
Greece, Ireland (kissing the Blarney Stone), Mexico, Italy, Germany,
and religious sites including Fatima in Portugal.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Joseph
Kastel, infant granddaughter Teresa Cesafsky, and spouse
Joan is survived by her husband, Reverend Louis Kerestes, her
four children, Sylvan “Woody” Kastel (Joan Klapperich) of
Holcombe, Wisconsin, Judy (Dick) Connell of Iowa Falls, Iowa,
Nancy (Mike) Kastel-Avre of Cambridge, Minnesota, and Ruth
(Shaun) Graski of Amery, Wisconsin, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-
grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 10,
2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church-Stanley with Father William
Felix officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Visitation
will be from 4-8 PM on Friday at the Plombon Funeral Home with a 7
PM Legion of Mary Rosary and Saturday morning at the funeral
home from 9AM until time of departure to church.