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Basil M. Castner - Saturday, 2/16/2019

Basil M. Castner, 91, of Sewickley, PA, passed away on February 4, 2019 at his residence.

He was born in Dupont, a son of the late Andrew and Kathryn Harris Castner. He served in the US Marine Corps for 4 years from 1945 to 1949 and was stationed in China after World War II. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 1958 where he attained a B.S. degree and Trenton State College in 1968 and earned his M.A. degree. He was an educator in the Plumsted Township School District in New Egypt, NJ, both as a teacher and a principal from 1958 to 1993. Basil lived in Trenton NJ from 1958 until 2018.

He was a member of St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, Pittston. He was also a member of the VFW Post 4909 and AMVETS Post 189, both of Dupont; Elks Lodge 2495 and the Moose Lodge in Sarasota FL, where he wintered.

One of his greatest joys was traveling and cruising around the world. He also served as an usher at the Holy Angels Church in Trenton NJ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Check Castner; companion, Claire M. Anchinsko; sister, Yolanda Kridgen and her husband, Joseph and brother, Daniel Castner.

Basil is survived by his brother, Henry Castner and sister, Nadene Choynacki, both of Wilkes-Barre. Also surviving are his nephew and Godson, Joseph Kridgen and his wife, Dr. Pamela Kridgen of Pittsburgh and niece, Kathryn Cheney and her husband, Brett of Lake Orion MI.

The Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 16, 2019, in St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church 205 N. Main Street, Pittston, to be celebrated by the Very Rev. Gary J. Mensinger. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Everyone attending is asked to go directly to the church Saturday morning.

Military honors will be conducted by the AMVETS Honor Guard of Greater Pittston.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street, Pittston (Port Griffith).

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From: Katherine Miller-Ford

Location: Lake Ariel, PA    Date: 2021-12-03

Mr.Castner was the principal when I attended New Egypt School.I went there from kindergarten and graduated there in 1980..He was a fair and great principal!He really had patience with me! Lol My Mom was in his office with me more times than I can count! My mom thought he was a great man too.. no matter how naughty I was he still always said positive and wonderful things.I'm sorry this is so late as I am just seeing this now..My condolences to his family..he was a wonderful man who helped shape my life.Blessings to all.

From: Dawn Bullock

Location: New Egypt, PA    Date: 2019-03-02

My teacher and helped me get my first job, forever grateful for him touching my life.

From: muriel jordan

Location: St John, WA    Date: 2019-02-25

Mr Castner was one of my fav teachers and quite the charasmatic instructor. I was awe struck with his knowledge and send my heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP dear one.

From: Walter & Barbara Czepiga

Location: Lawrenceville, NJ    Date: 2019-02-25

We were deeply saddened by the news of Basil's passing. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family. Both my wife and I worked under the guidance of Basil when he was Principal at the New Egypt Elementary School. He was a cleverly humorous and fun loving person. Enjoyed life and travel. Lived a full, rich life. Rest in Peace, Basil. We were honored to have known you. Walter, Barbara, Carolynn and Daniel Czepiga.

From: Randy Durn

Location: Fuquay Varina, NC    Date: 2019-02-25

Basil was one of a kind. I'll always be grateful to him for my first teaching job out of college. Prayers for all those who mourn his passing.

From: Kim Lawrence Stillwell

Location: New Egypt, NJ    Date: 2019-02-25

So sorry for your loss. Me Castner was the principal when I attended New Egypt Elementary school. He was a wonderful man!

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