Barbara E Kaste
February 22, 1944 – April 23, 2020
On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Barbara E. Kaste passed away unexpectedly at age 76 at Tradition Medical Center, following surgery for diverticulitis.
Barbara was born on February 22, 1944 in Romulus, Michigan to Kenneth and Elizabeth Love. On July 13, 1968, she married, her true love, Lee H. Kaste, her husband of 51 years. They raised three children: Amy, Todd, and Jennifer. In 1978, the family moved from Haslett, Michigan to Port St. Lucie, Florida, where the entire family still resides. Barbara first worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and ultimately became a Data Specialist for St. Lucie Public Schools at Floresta Elementary, where she worked for over 20 years until her retirement in 2008.
Barbara took great pride in taking charge as an excellent leader and organizer, both at work and in the community. She was an active member of the Port St. Lucie Little League, serving as League President for several years. At work, she was the go-to person for teachers and staff, who also valued and trusted her judgment and expertise as a union representative. She always persisted and fought hard to ensure that teachers and other school employees were treated fairly. She was instrumental in starting and setting up the local chapter of the teacher’s union for non-instructional employees. When she retired, she continued to work hard for the teacher’s union, serving as president of its retired members chapter for several years.
Barbara loved flowers, especially orchids. Her house and porch have always been filled with plants. Upon retirement, she and her husband Lee started a business called Glass Creations, making and selling yard art constructed from recycled glassware. They enjoyed making and selling their work around the country. Barbara also loved cooking, baking, reading, and playing Bridge. She was in her element when having her children and grandchildren over for many a delicious home-cooked dinner. Her many varieties of homemade cookies were a favorite of family and friends. Barbara also loved trips to the small gambling town of Biloxi, where she would play her favorite slot machines. She had an uncanny ability to bring home quite a bit more money than she left home with.
Barbara is survived by her husband Lee, her three children Amy Janicki and spouse Richard Janicki, Todd Kaste and his spouse Jennifer Kaste, and Jennifer Pizzarello and her spouse Peter Pizzarello, as well as her sister Carolyn Serlick, brother Robert Love, and sister Linda Hammond. She also has six grandchildren who brought her much joy, Madison, Nicholas, Andrew, Sammy, Tyler, and Max.
A Celebration of Barbara's life will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Aycock Funeral Home 1504 SE Floresta Drive Port St Lucie, Florida 34983
Memorial gifts/donations can be referred to Aycock Funeral Home.
Aycock Funeral Home in Port St. Lucie has been entrusted with arrangements.
- Barbara is survived by her husband Lee, her three children Amy Janicki and spouse Richard Janicki, Todd Kaste and his spouse Jennifer Kaste, and Jennifer Pizzarello and her spouse Peter Pizzarello, as well as her sister Carolyn Serlick, brother Robert Love, and sister Linda Hammond. She also has six grandchildren who brought her much joy, Madison, Nicholas, Andrew, Sammy, Tyler, and Max.
Celebration of Barbara's Life
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aycock Funeral Home
Barbara E Kaste
June 15, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Lee and the family. Barbara and I have been friends since we were 7 years old. We always shared the many memories as we grew up in Brighton, going to school through high school. I was an only child, and Barb's mom allowed me to spend many summer days and after school at her home, and sometimes overnight and our pillow fights! We always stayed in touch and looked forward to our class reunions. Lee and Barbara attended our 55th class reunion in 2017 and they brought me one of their glass yard art for my yard here in Texas. The last we talked on her 76th birthday, I shared that I had placed the solar glass outside my bedroom window, so every night the light shines through my bedroom window and I always say, "Good Night Barb and Lee!" We also shared memories of how her mom always baked cup cakes for the class on her birthday. Probably one of the reasons I never forgot her special day! The light that shines in my bedroom every night will always be a reminder of what a special light Barbara was to everyone who knew her, but always, I will thank God for my friend, a bright light in our friendship! Love and prayers to her family from me and our Class of '62.
June 15, 2020
Barb was a yr or so ahead of me, but a Force in H School. Remember her well and fondly.
June 15, 2020
Barb worked as the data specialist while I was principal of Floresta. She knew her job so well and spent time helping new data specialists learn theirs. Being a data specialist is a job that requires meticulous record keeping and accuracy. She was top notch. I don't believe we ever had a audit that wasn't perfect.
Once, retired, I got to see her on several occasions. She seemed to really enjoy her life as a retiree. So happy that I own one of her creations. I know the love she poured into making them.
My sincere condolences to the family. Pray that your mourning will someday turn to joy as you remember the life of this loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to so many.
June 13, 2020
I worked with Barb some years ago at Floresta Elementary. I worked in the front desk with her and I was very young at the time and she taught me everything about the job and I really enjoyed being her co worker especially since she was always a great sport about all the pranks I played on her 😞You will be missed and it makes me sad to hear this. Rest In Peace 💙 My condolences to Barb’s family.
June 13, 2020
Prayers to Barbs family. I worked with her at Floresta many years and she was a great lady and so much fun.❤️
June 2, 2020
My name is Juanita Wright . I had the pleasure of working with Barbara at Floresta as her Supervisor for 7 years. We developed a love for each other and stayed in touch with one another throughout the years. I was so saddened to learn of my friend’s passing. She will ever live in my heart.
May 3, 2020
So many memories of our family’s get togethers. I’m very sorry for your loss. Barb will be greatly missed.
April 28, 2020
So sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. Met her at Retired Educators , she was the driving force of the CTA/CU Retired Educators. She enjoyed sharing pictures of her grandchildren. Cherish those memories