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Dr. Kenneth Castelli

Dr. Kenneth L. Castelli, 76, of Belleville, IL, born February 5, 1934, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at his residence. 

Dr. Castelli was a life-long resident of Belleville.  He was a graduate of Belleville Township High School, Class of 1952, attended Belleville Area College, received his Bachelors degree from McKendree College, Lebanon, IL; his Masters degree in Psychology from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from St. Louis University in 1964.  Dr. Castelli served as the Chief Psychologist at Alton State Hospital, Alton, IL.  He served at several mental health clinics in the area, and retired as the Chief Psychologist from Jefferson Barracks Veterans Hospital, St. Louis, MO, after 32 years of service.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland F. and Grace, nee Gardner, Castelli; a brother in childhood, Roland K. Castelli; his beloved uncle and aunt who raised him after the death of his mother, Leonard and Ruth, nee Gardner, Owens; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Marie, nee Klaus, Schrader; his grandson, Keaton A. Flood; and his cousin, Joseph Owens and his wife, Eve.

Surviving are his high school sweetheart and wife of 50 years, Sally Ann, nee Schrader, Castelli;
three children, Constance (Marshall) Kravitz of Chicago, IL,
Kristopher (Kitty) Castelli of Brighton, IL,
Eric (Courtney) Castelli of Columbia, IL;
six grandchildren, Jeffery Madorin,
Allison Flood,
Shawn and Kenneth Castelli,
and Lauren and Lucy Castelli.

Memorials may be made to the Angelman Syndrome Foundations, Inc., 4255 Westbrook Dr., Suite 219, Aurora, IL 60504, to the Belleville Area Humane Society, or to Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 26, 2010, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, November 27, 2010, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.

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Condolences Left For Dr. Kenneth Castelli

    â– May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

    Bruce and Sandra Paprzyca
    Chicago, Illinois

    Bruce Paprzyca, , , 60638

    We lived, until earlier this year, at 25 Signal Hill Blvd, 2 houses from Ken and Sally, and of course, Pard, Ken's beloved dog until quite recently. We often saw Ken, and Sally, walking Pard, and we often heard Ken yelling (affectionately) at Pard in the backyard as he tossed things for Pard to fetch. Ken was a nice guy, and was a great friend of animals. I was always extremely impressed by the training he was putting Pard through (Pard was a VERY large Doberman, but Ken had Pard under very good control). Pard passed recently, which was very upsetting to Ken.

    We enjoyed knowing Ken. He was a nice guy, and a good neighbor.

    Paul Thompson, Sioux Falls, SD, 57110

    To the family of Ken. We thank you for sharing Ken with us. Knowing Ken was indeed a blessing. His humor and caring was a joy. Many Veterans and Staff at JB loved Ken. Please keep in touch.

    Ruth Ann Kraemer, Union, Missouri, 63084

    Donna, Devin, and all the family. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the death of your Dad. He was an awesome person, always wore a smile--loved those grandkids beyond the scope of being a grandpa could include. No matter how old we are, or how old they are, when our parents die, it hurts. We are keeping you all in our prayers. Much love, Phil and Marianne Buettner.

    Marianne Buettner, Belleville, Ill, 62220

    Kenny and I were friends from 1948 in BTHS and years later when I returned from Korea.
    We maintained in contact over the many years till his passing.
    He was the only member of my class of 1952 that was of moral support over those years as my other classmates shunned me for their own narrow minded reasons obviously.
    He was a rare and very good man.
    I pray for him.

    Robert (Bob) Hulsey, Mascoutah, Illinois, 62258

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