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CASTNER, ANDREW J. JR., 85, of Harris Ave., died August 19 at R.I. Hospital. He was the husband of the late Ida Mae (Candler) Castner for 61 years. Born in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of Andrew Sr. and Emma (Rote) Castner. He served as a paratrooper during WWII. After retiring from Putnam Investments in Boston, Andrew moved to Cranston and became an active member of the Cranston Senior Center, serving as President of its volunteer program for several years. He was one of only two people in RI to receive the 2007 President's Call to Serve Award. He is survived by daughter Deborah Greifer of Cranston, son Andrew III of Toronto, granddaughter Rachel Fontaine, and grandson Paul Greifer, both of Cranston. He is also survived by his sisters Patricia Cone of Wayland NY and Marjorie Solazzo of Amherst NY. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-7pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Funeral and burial services will be private. Kindly omit flowers. Donations to the Rhode Island Veterans Home, 480 Matacom Avenue Bristol, RI 02908 would be appreciated.

[Providence Journal, Providence, RI, Sun, Aug 23, 2009]

Grave marker for Andrew J. Castner on Section E-1, Row 25, Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter (Washington county), Rhode Island.


Andrew registered for the draft in Buffalo, NY on 30 June 1942 and was inducted into the Army at Buffalo, NY on 23 February 1943.

Pfc Castner was transferred from the 11th Replacement Depot to Company A, 508th PIR on 2 March 1945.

He was admitted to the  242nd General Hospital, Camp Sissonne, France on 22 March 1945 and classed as a non-battle casualty.  He returned to duty on 9 April 1945.

Tec/5 Castner arrived New York, NY on 3 January 1946 aboard the HMS Queen Mary which had sailed from Southampton, England.

Andrew married Ida M Candler in Buffalo, NY on 2 February 1945 and was discharged from the Army on 9 March 1946.

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