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Esther Castagne

Esther Murial Castagne, generous, spunky, cultural, adventurous, traveler, vivacious, authentic, devoted to her beloved husband Joe, passed peacefully on March 26, 2019.
She was born October 15, 1929 to Glossie and Mable Bentley in Brattleboro, Vermont. She was adventurous and mischievous as a kid, especially with her cousin, Clara, growing up in East Northfield, Massachusetts attending school.
Esther was full of fun stories of her years at The University of Vermont, graduated on June 14, 1953. She was fully dedicated for being educated and helping others being educated. She was taking classes in her 60s at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT to expand her own education.
After, she ventured to the West with a friend after graduation and fell in love with her beloved “Joe Castagne”. Joe used to say her “long legs” caught my eye. Joe and Esther married on September 9, 1961 and settled in Red Lodge, MT. where Castagne Brothers operated a Butcher Shop.
Esther always overcame all obstacles with her playful loud laughter and by giving extra hugs. It was always surprising how long it took when walking down the streets of Red Lodge, MT and being stopped so many times for conversations, hugs and laughter. One could see her a mile away since she loved vibrant colors to wear and her bright color high top converse shoes. Her curly hair, bright lipstick was her staple of her style.
Joe and Esther loved Black Labradors. Their “Pops” meant the world to them. Joe loved to cook and Esther just adored his cooking. Joe and Esther were so proud of their remodeled kitchen in the 80s so they could have their internationally sponsored and supported students from Turkey and El Salvador and Joe could create bigger dinner parties for Emine aka Sebnem, Didem, Suavi and Norma who brought so much delight and adventure into Esther’s life. Esther travelled to El Salvador, East Coast trip with Emine featuring Washington DC to Vermont by car, to back track her East Coast childhood memories, San Francisco and more. She came to New York City, just to be at Emine’s graduation since no one else could attend. Esther became the Second Mother to her international children, offered a second home and a safe harbor to those away from home, with no expectation in return. Her international kids say her playful, loud laugh would embarrassed us in the restaurants. Her laugh will be so missed now.
After Joe passed, Esther was in Tender Nest Assisted Living, then Cedar Wood Villa for 13 years. She was loved and sometimes a trouble maker where mischievous kid from Vermont would show up. She would be determined in getting what she wants and always finishing it off with her laughter after her shenanigans with the staff and her friends.
She leaves behind her Brother Gary Bentley, Sisters: Diane Lambert and Ellen Beerez, Sister in Law Lila Bentley, Nephew Bob Bentley, Cousins: Carolyn Willis, Connie Rutter, James Willis, Sara Lee Powel and Laura Farrioe, Norma Mayer from El Salvador, “Turkeys” as she called, Sebnem Oden (My first born Emine she called), Didem Oden Park, Suavi Oden.
Her ashes will be placed with her beloved Joe in Red Lodge, her parents and her brother Ralph in Vermont.
Celebration of Esther’s Life will be at Cedar Wood Villa located at 1 South Oaks, Red Lodge, MT on April 6, 2019 at 1:30pm.

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