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Ruth J. Castaldi      October 22, 2006

     Ruth J. Castaldi, 91, died of lymphoma at 9: 10 a.m. Oct. 22, 2006, in Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, Indiana, where she resided.
     She was born Ruth Jeanette Speitel on Dec. 11, 1914, in Logansport. On May 19, 1938, she married Lawrence Castaldi, who died in 1985.
     The young couple ran a small grocery store in Logansport and moved to the Chicago area when Castaldi started work at Midwest Spring Manufacturing Co.  After Midwest opened a plant in Mentone, they began looking for an Indiana town where they could raise their family.  They settled on Warsaw and built a house here in 1954.  The couple became very active in Warsaw.  Castaldi was one of the leaders in establishing Kosciusko Community Hospital, for instance, and Mrs. Castaldi followed through by volunteering at the hospital for 30 years.  She also was active in Zeralda Reading Club, Garden Club, Kosciusko County Historical Society, Sacred Heart Church's Bible study group, and several bridge groups.  She delivered Meals on Wheels until she was 90.  She traveled widely but most enjoyed activities in Warsaw.  After her husband died, she refused her children's entreaties to move closer to them because she liked living in Warsaw.  "This is where my life is," she used to say.  When she became ill last year, she went to live with her daughter, Diana, while she received treatment at Northwestern University Medical Center.  After the treatments, she returned to Warsaw and moved in to Miller's Merry Manor in June.
     Surviving are three daughters: Diana Scheeler, Northfield, Ill.; Rebecca Jones, Annapolis, Md.; and Loretta Castaldi, Washington, D.C.; a son, David Castaldi, Chestnut Hill, Mass; eight grandchildren; nine great -grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
     A Mass of Resurrection will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw, with Monsignor James Wolf officiating.
     Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Titus Funeral Home, with a rosary at 8 p.m.
     Memorials to Our Father's House, 401 Argonne Road, Warsaw, IN 46580.    (11-10-2010)

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