Laura Mae (Dickinson) Casteel, 63, of New Philadelphia died in Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital late Thursday evening on September 23, 2021, following an extended illness. She was born on September 12, 1958, in Dennison, Ohio to the late Leroy E. and Mildred V. (Peeper) Dickinson. Laura graduated from Indian Valley South in 1977 and married her husband, John Casteel, who survives, on October 8th of that year. They would have celebrated their forty-fourth year together in the coming weeks. Also surviving are their three children: Brian Casteel of Newark, Brett (Ashley) Casteel of New Philadelphia, and Alisha (Clint) Kelly of Bay City, TX; seven grandchildren: Alexandria, Bryce, Ian, and Katelyn Casteel, and Tracen, Teagan, and Toby Kelly; three siblings: Carol (Bill) Estell of Columbus, Mary Dunfee of Dennison, and Fred Dickinson of Newcomerstown, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Laura was preceded in death by a brother, David Dickinson.
Laura was a homemaker, being many things to the loved ones in her life. Over the years, she also spent time as a volunteer teacher’s aide and an apple picker in the orchard near her childhood home. Laura was a loving wife, mom, and grandmother to her family, with whom she enjoyed spending time camping, fishing, and shooting. She was quick to keep up on Facebook, loving to watch the activities and stories in her friends and families lives. She and John were 4-H advisors for the Ridge Valley Winners II for several years. They were members of the West Union United Methodist Church. In her leisure time, Laura enjoyed reading Amish books and working on puzzles.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 28, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Koch Funeral Home of Gnadenhutten, 244 N. Walnut Street, 44629. A funeral service, also at the funeral home, will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 29, with Rev. Garry Marlatt officiating. Burial will follow in West Union Cemetery in Gilmore. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Dr, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923-1389.
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