Elsie Ellen Kasten

Monday, November 17, 2014

Elsie Ellen Kasten

May 16, 1908 - Nov. 13, 2014

CENTRAL CITY, Neb. -- Elsie Ellen Kasten, 106, of Central City, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Funeral services will be on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Community Bible Church in Central City with Rev. Dale Janzen officiating. Visitation will be at the Community Bible Church in Central City on Friday, Nov. 21 from 5-7 p.m. There will also be funeral services in McCook on Monday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Norris Avenue Chapel with Rev. Johnny Walker officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook. Memorials are suggested to Gideons International or Nebraska Christian Schools. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com.

Elsie Ellen was born on May 16, 1908, to Karl and Della (Hart) Bauer in Frontier County, Nebraska. Elsie was born again at a service in a country school house as a teen. Elsie attended the Sunday School held in rural school houses and later in the Garfield Union Church where she was a faithful member. Elsie married Carl Kasten on Dec. 25, 1937, in the home of Carl's parents in McCook. Elsie taught school before and after her marriage to Carl. Elsie then helped Carl on their farm in Hayes County, and they continued to farm together until their retirement in 1974.

While living in Hayes County, they were charter members of Evergreen Union Church, where they faithfully attended until they moved to Texas. They also helped found Nebraska Christian Schools, where their daughter, Dorothy, was in the first graduating class in 1960. They joined Mid-America Missions and served in a Bible teaching ministry in Texas for 12 years, before moving to Central City in 1987 to continue in Bible teaching.

While in Texas, Elsie, along with her husband Carl, had many ministries. They had a weekly prison ministry, weekly Bible studies in three different nursing homes, Bible studies in their home for adults, as well as a weekly kids club in their home. They also had Bible correspondence courses for adults and children both. While in Central City, they had a weekly Bible study in the nursing home, which Elsie participated in until about the age of 104 when her own health did not permit her to attend any longer. She would joke about going to visit the elderly, even though she was much older than those she went to visit.

Carl died on Nov. 4, 1997. Following his death, Elsie remained in Central City and continued to faithfully serve the Lord. No matter where she lived, Elsie was a faithful prayer warrior. She and Carl had devotions together every day after breakfast, followed by about an hour of prayer time. Elsie continued this practice on her own after Carl passed away. They had a written, rotating schedule of those they prayed for daily ~ some family members, some missionaries, as well as people they met in their various ministries. Everyone got well prayed for at least once a month. They referred to letters and other correspondence in order to pray for specific needs. Elsie also remained focused on being thankful to God, not just asking for things.

Those left to cherish her memory are daughter, Dorothy and Harold Cook; daughter-in-law, Dottie Kasten; grandchildren, Tim and Debbie Kasten, Sharon and Doug Scramstad, Teresa Fuellbrandt, Jolene Morris, Joel and Traci Cook, and Jody and Tom Ritta; great-grandchildren, Raija Kasten, Danika Kasten, Ethan Kasten, Ryan Scramstad, Victoria and Luke Adam, Zachary Scramstad, Jonathan and Katrina Schmidt, Emilie Schmidt, Andrew Schmidt, Josee Morris, Kyra Morris and Darius Cook; and two brothers, Laurence and Mary Bauer and Truman and Vonda Bauer.

Preceding her in death are were her parents; husband, Carl; son, Ellis Kasten; infant son, Ronald Wayne; grandchildren, Teya Cook and Gregory Scramstad; 11 sisters, Leta, Alice, Olive, Mable, Corine, Esther, Gertrude, Grace, Gladys, Ruth and Dorothy; two brothers, Carl and Harold, and infant brother, Kenneth, and one grandson-in-law, Richard Schmidt.

Solt Funeral Home in Central City is in charge of arrangements.