It is fitting that we tarry in life’s busy day to show an appreciation of life, age, character and trust in God. A little more than 80 years ago, Mrs. Mary Rosencrans Casterlin was born. She lived on the old homestead near Orange, Pennsylvania, the larger part of these many years. She and her husband, Joseph Casterlin, were privileged to spend many years together, however, January 31, 1913, the call to the other land came to the husband and he passed over. There was born to this family four children, Mrs. Susie C. Drake, of Dorranceton, Pa., a daughter, deceased; Harry Casterlin of Orange, Pa., and Mrs. Herman C. Downing, wife of Rev. Downing, who has been pastor of the Laceyville Baptist Church for a number of years, but is just now entering upon a new work, having just been engaged with the Vincent Baptist Church, Chester Springs Pennsylvania.
Some two months ago Mrs. Casterlin suffered an attack of grip which aggravated an old heart trouble which finally proved fatal Sunday afternoon, April 8. She came to Rev. Downing’s home in Laceyville in September, and spent the winter with her daughter’s family and it was here where she was sick and died.
A brief service was conducted at the Downing home in Laceyville by Rev. E.A. Benson, a former pastor of the deceased and a friend of the Casterlin circle, Wednesday morning, April 11, 1917, and he expressed his appreciation of the character of the departed and his friendship to the family. Both Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Casterlin were respected members of the Centremoreland Baptist Church. Our sister won the esteem of her neighbors and so lived in relation to the church that she secured a real place in the work of the Lord, and an abiding friendship with those with whom she labored. The family accompanied the body to Centremoreland, Wednesday, where the funeral service was held at 2 o’clock, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Ropes of Tunkhannock. Burial at the Eaton Cemetery, near Orange, Pa.
Source: Wilkes-Barre Record, May 1, 1917.