The Passing of Marie Caster

The Passing of Marie Caster

Dear Church,

It is with sadness that we inform you that Marie passed away midday on New Year’s Eve. She had earlier in the month, because of her medical conditions, chosen to enter hospice care. She died at Rose Court, the nursing facility of Maris Grove, where she had happily made her home for these last years of her life.

Marie was one of our few members with a long enough tenure to remember Old First life at 50th and Locust, and she was central to the generation of OFR leaders who brought the congregation back to 4th and Race.

Marie’s body will be cremated and the ashes interred in the Reformed Church Cemetery in Tremont, PA in a private service for family only. There will be a Memorial Service here at Old First on Saturday, January 27 at 1 pm. A reception will follow that service. In lieu of flowers, it was Marie’s wish that memorial gifts be made to the Bethany Children’s Home (address below in the obituary).

Please keep Marie’s family, particularly her neices in our prayers, and friends, as they grieve their loss.

The family has provided this obituary:

Marie Bush Caster, age 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 31st after an extended illness.  She was born to Grace Laverne (Bush) Focht on May 18th, 1932 in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  She met her late husband, Theodore J. Caster, on a skiing trip and continued to ski and travel throughout their marriage.

She received her nurse’s cap at Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing and continued to care for patients at the hospital until she specialized in eye / vision care.

She was an active and devoted member of the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ and was always there in times of need, her small acts of kindness had great impact on many.

She doted on her four-legged children and her nieces, for whom she was sometimes like a second mother.

She is survived by her brother Robert Eugene Focht – Vanida; five nieces Leanna Lynn (Focht) Dietrich – Michael, Carol Marie (Focht) Lipscomb, Brenda Sue (Focht) Oliver – Joseph, Linda (Focht) Walker – Jake, Donna (Saccarelli) Fitzgerald – Gene; and 15 grandnieces and nephews and 8 great nieces and nephews.

A ceremony celebrating her life will be held on January 27th at 1:00 pm at Old First Reformed Church, 151 N. 4th St., Philadelphia with Rev. Michael Caine officiating.  Her ashes will be buried during a private interment at a later time.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Bethany Children’s Home, 1863 Bethany Rd., Womelsdorf, PA 19567.


See you in church,