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Carol Castelli, 89, loving wife, mother and grandmother and friend of Wichita died August 2 in Wichita surrounded by loved ones. She was born on October 31, 1930 in Chicago to Arthur Vermillion and Christina (Houghton) Vermillion. Her parents moved to Wichita, Kansas when she was a small child, and she spent the rest of her life in Wichita.
Carol was a graduate of Wichita East High School and Stevens College. She married Harry Castelli on November 21, 1953 in Wichita. He survives. Additional survivors include her four children: Jim (Brenda) Castelli of Salina, Tom (Denise) Castelli of Oklahoma City, Susie (Jed) Holmes of Wichita, and Julie (Marty) Keenan of Wichita. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren in the womb to be born soon.
Carol was raised in the Presbyterian church. While participating in a Bible Study in 1962 a friend asked her to visit First Evangelical Free Church, a small church on Oliver Street in Wichita. She and her family joined the church and have been faithful members for 58 years, as the church expanded and moved to a larger facility on Woodlawn. She helped start the Career Class for singles at the church, and she and her husband founded a popular “Donut Ministry” where they gave worshippers a donut before or after the church services.
Other than taking care of her family and friends, her main priority in life was sharing the Gospel of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She loved Bible Studies. Her favorite Bible Study program was Precept by Kay Arthur. She and Harry were at church whenever the church doors were open. She had a heart for young people and opened her home to Young Life meetings to help young people grow in their faith. She was also a gracious host in opening her home to her children’s friends and schoolmates at Andover schools and various school groups at Andover High School.
She loved books and helped build up and modernize the Andover Library in its infancy. She enjoyed helping Andover students find books to help them with their studies or curiosities. Prior to her working at the Andover Library, she worked in Student Records at the Wichita State University School of Art.
Carol loved vacationing in Colorado, and Branson, Missouri. Two of her hobbies were needlepoint and crochet, and her handwork often became gifts for loved ones.
She was the youngest of three children, and was predeceased by a brother, Dick Vermillion, and a sister, Arlee Vermillion Funk.
A celebration of her life will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 7th at First Evangelical Free Church in Wichita. A Memorial has been established with First Evangelical Free Church.
First Evangelical Free Church
1825 N. Woodlawn, Wichita KS 67208
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