Lyda A. Castagna, 87

Lyda A. Castagna, 87, of Lancaster, PA passed away on Monday, December 13, 2010 at her home. She was born in Grassy Butte, ND to the late Thomas B. and Agnes H. (Thom) Cain.

Lyda was preceded in death by her husband Anthony G. Castagna in 1995.

Lyda was a veteran of WWII with the United States Army serving as a registered nurse. She continued a long career in nursing after returning from the war. She met her husband while serving in the Army.

Lyda was a member of St. James Catholic Church and was a former member of St. Anne Catholic Church. When living in Hartsdale, NY she was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish.

Lyda was involved in the knitting ministry and silver liners at St. James. She was a volunteer at St. Anne’s Church feeding the homeless and at various nursing homes.

Lyda is survived by a daughter, Margaret Berliner, of New Orleans, two sons, Francis P. of Port Chester, and Christopher M., of Lancaster, four grandchildren, one sister, Gwen Francom, of Seattle, WA, many nieces and nephews. Several brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church 505 Woodcrest Ave. Lititz, PA 17543 at 11am with The Rev. James O’Blaney C.S.S.R. as Celebrant with Military Honors accorded by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call to the church from 10:30-11am. Interment will be private in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lyda’s memory to Hospice of Lancaster County PO Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604. To send the family an online condolence please visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 717-560-5100

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To her 2 sons, and daughter:  
Honored to have known and worked with your dear mother at St. Anne Church in the Noon time lunch ministry.  She was on one of my Monday teams.  Her dedication and love to the Dominican Nuns
on the Lititz Pike is marveled by man of us.  Taking the sister to their appointments, helping them medically as a nurse, and just be the friend all need. A super lady, and may she Rest in Peace in the Arms of our Heavenly Father.  A jewel to all who knew her.
A friend,
Rita R. Boyer of St. Anne Church

We cannot turn back
The hands of time
Or wish for yesterday
But we can remember
The good times
In a very special way
And keep in our thoughts
And in our hearts always
The love we share
For our dearly departed.

We are so sorry for your loss.  Lyda was an amazing woman, so warm and compassionate.  She will be missed dearly.  Your family is in our hearts and prayers.

Michele, Stephen, Angie & Kayla Longer
Leroy, Lynda & Bryan Good

Dear Margaret, Frank and Chris,

My heart goes out to all of you at this very sad time.  Your Mom was a special lady and will always have a place in my heart.

Lori Mattessino

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