These are the obituaries from the Galena Gazette for John and Elizabeth Kastner. I think I have the spellings correct, but the microfilm was very bad.
I would be very interested in hearing from other descendents of these Galena Kastners.
John Kastner, born June 24, 1830, died September 10, 1913
John Kastner, who died Wednesday after an illness of just two days was born in Weidenberg, Oberfrauken, Bavaria. He emigrated to the United States and came directly to Galena, arriving here on July 1st of the same year. After following his trade, that of a butcher, for about a year in Galena, he went to Maquoketa, Iowa, and engaged in business for himself. In Maquaketa he was married to Miss Elizabeth Stander on the 8th day of October 1856.
Shortly after his marriage he returned to Galena and followed his trade in the meat business. His sterling qualities as a business man and his good success in business are well known in this community. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kastner, one of whom and Mrs. Kastner preceded the husband and father in death. Mrs. Kastner died July 1, 1906. The living children are George and Henry Of Seattle Washington, Mrs. Peter Lenhardt, Charles and Robert, and Mrs. Charles Blum of Galena.
Elizabeth Kastner (Maiden Name Stander), born March 2, 1832, died July 1906 M
rs. John Kastner, one of the most highly respected residents of Galena passed into the life beyond at 4:15 o'clock on Sunday morning at the family
home on Franklin Street. The deceased had been in failing health for a period of some 12 months, and during the last four weeks had been confined to her bed.
Mrs. Kastner, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Stander was born in Breslau, Germany on March 2nd, 1832. When a young woman, her family emigrated to the United States and took up their home in Maquaketa, Iowa. Her she became acquainted with Mr. Kastner, who was in the butcher business in that city, and whom she was united in marriage on October 8th, 1856. Six months after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Kastner came to Galena which city has been their home since that time.
The deceased is survived by her aged husband and six children, one child dying in infancy. These children are George and Henry Kastner, who are in business in Ballard, Washington; and Mrs. Peter Lehhardt, Mrs. Charles
Blum, Charles and Robert, all of this city.
Mrs. Kastner was for many years a consistent member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, and was known by all as a woman full of good works, and deeds of love and charity, and her death will come as a great loss to that church.
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