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James Stephen “Steve” Kastl

James Stephen “Steve” Kastl, age 65, of Greenfield, died suddenly and unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008.

Steve was born Aug. 4, 1943, in Omaha, Neb., the first child of a family of eight born to James Edward Kastl and Mary Hortense (Carl) Kastl. Siblings are Thomas Edward (Linda Berhandsen), Christopher John (Mary Jane Loofburrow), Mary (deceased), Michael Joseph (Teri Krenke), Anne Marie, Matthew Carl (Ellen Boehm), and Kenneth Charles.

The family moved to Minneapolis in 1948. Steve attended elementary school at Visitation Catholic School in Minneapolis, where he was in the first graduating class. He then attended and graduated from De La Salle High School. His post high school education included a year and a half at the University of Minnesota.

He was employed early in his working career at Industrial Chemical Co., and spent many years at M & H Tool Supply, with subsequent employment at other companies.

Steve married the love of his life, Norma Jean “Sam” Sampson, Sept. 24, 1966, at St. Lawrence Church on Rush Lake in Minnesota. Two children were born of this marriage, Kristen Mary and Anthony Coleman (Holly Lynelle Vitoff); four grandchildren include Jacob Coleman, Brogen Caleb, Charley Noel, and Autumn Gabrielle.

Steve’s lifelong passion was cars, cars, cars! He was a member of the Minnesota Street Rod Association, The Amblers Car Club and the Lincoln Club. He worked with friends on the restoring and construction of classic custom cars. Steve also owned many of his creations including a 1950 Oldsmobile 88 convertible which he built for his wife, Sam; and his most recent creation, a bright yellow 1949 Lincoln Continental Mark I convertible.

Steve was good-natured, witty, and generous, always with a twinkle in his eye, and well-liked by all who knew him. He was one-of-a-kind and he will be missed by all.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Aug. 29 at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto with the Rev. John Gallas officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church building fund.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.