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
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.
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.