Jean E. Castle, 82, of Grangeville died peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Jean was born on the family farm near Ferdinand on October 15, 1938, one of thirteen children. She was always a little person, but she was feisty. From getting in trouble with the nuns at school to dancing the jitterbug in her 6” heels at the Elks, everyone knew her as fun-loving and hard-working. She married the “handsome serviceman”, Miles Castle, when she was 19, had 5 children, helped with the school lunch program, and worked at Syringa Hospital until she retired in 2006. She loved sweets, especially chocolate, and was always hiding candy bars to have a little surprise for later. Jean loved babies and made sure her home was always a safe and welcoming place for family and friends. This made for a lively place and many, many cherished memories. She was a hero for anyone that needed a hand up and would always take your side and help you find your own strength.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Miles Castle; mother and father, Joseph and Mary VonTersch of Cottonwood; her twin boys; son Douglas Castle; siblings Dorothy Brockman, Bettie Wilks, Clarence VonTersch, Jordan VonTersch, Leona Nuttman, Louise Nuttman, and Bernice Taylor; and her son-in-law Mike Waters.
She is survived by her sisters Diane Thompson (Don), Eileen Jeffries (Vern), Marlene Benson (Robert), and Rose Prien; brother Cletus (Carol) VonTersch. Daughters Rhonda Schacher (Ron) and Tracy Waters; 8 grandchildren Leslie Smith (Fred), Tera King (Chris), Greg Schacher (Stephanie), Jacob Schacher (Camden), Jason Waters, Linsay Waters, Kyle Orcutt, and Kevin Orcutt; 11 great grandchildren Derek, Walker, Tori, Brooklyn, Levi, Sawyer, Kambry, Brock, Norah, Ashton, and Ruby; and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a viewing from 1-4pm at Blackmer Funeral Home on January 6 , 2021 and a rosary at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish at 1pm on January 7, 2021 followed by a graveside service at Denver Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to one of Jean’s favorite charities, the American Diabetes Association. Her faith was her rock, and she was ours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.