132 descendants of Casto family attend reunion

The annual Casto reunion for the descendants of John and Renna Molze Casto was held at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5108 on Saturday, July 5. In attendance were 132 people, including the last two surviving sons, Russell Casto and Ronald Casto. Those traveling from out-of-state were from Kentucky, New York, Texas, and Virginia.

A potluck dinner was served. Chris Casto gave the invocation.

Chris Casto, president, conducted the business meeting; Tim Casto gave the treasurer’s report. Officers elected for the 2015 reunion were Chris Casto, president; Gary Casto, vice president; Karen Bloomingdale, secretary; Tim Casto, treasurer; Pam Bailey and Kathleen Schneider, historians; Diane VanWey, Marcie Warne, and Cheryl Siskowic, care committee. In addition, Amy and Doug Casto, Pam Bailey, Kelly and Tim Casto, Steve and Jill Casto, and Chris and Tammy Casto volunteered for the set-up committee for next year’s reunion.

Chris Casto and Kim Casto served as auctioneers for the white elephant sale. Ruth Casto was the eldest attending and Madison Grace Casto was the youngest. Steve and Jill Casto were recognized for traveling the furthest, from Cumby, Texas.

Kathleen Schneider, historian, reported during the year there was one marriage: Cheryl Lenington to Paul Siskowic, June 21, 2014. Two births: Jackson Ross Merkamp, Aug. 30, 2013 to Dustin and Katey (Sheppard) Merkamp; Madison Grace Casto, March 9, 2014, to Scott and Megan (Snyder) Casto. One death: Wilda Casto, Aug. 26, 2013. Three high school graduates: Brett Neader, Tylee Newbrough and Garrett Scott. One college graduate Kevin Bailey, from the University of Louisville.

Family members serving in the military are: Rodney Scott, 779 Engineer Company of the U.S. Army Reserves, currently serving in Afghanistan; Scott Myers, U.S. Navy, currently serving at the Pax River Naval Base in Great Mills, Md.

The annual golf outing was held at the Golf Course of West Virginia. Those competing were Chris Casto and Kim Casto; Tim Cutshaw and Dave Lenington; Brad, Jared and Brandon Bauer; Tom Bloomingdale and Ron Casto; Larry and Matt Britton; Steve Casto and Dick young; Dave Casto and Russell Casto; Bruce Casto and Jeff Green. The two-man team of Chris Casto and Kim Casto were the winners.

The next reunion will be held July 11, 2015 at VFW Post 5108.

The contact person is Karen Bloomingdale at 373-6948