Lois Staats Casto, 88, of Ripley, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, following a short illness.
She was born November 28, 1931 in Silverton, WV, the daughter of the late Russell E. and Margaret Oldham Staats. She was a graduate of Ripley High School and attended Ohio University, Marshall University, and West Virginia University. Lois was a loving wife, nurturing mother, doting grandmother, and a devoted Jackson County educator and teacher mentor. She began her career as a Title I reading teacher and was the pioneer of co-teaching in Jackson County during the 1960s. Lois served in many roles in the Jackson County School system including first grade teacher, principal at Duke, Gilmore, and Ripley Elementary schools, director of staff development, Elementary Education, and Special Education. She was named a National Distinguished Principal in 1985 and led Ripley Elementary to become the first ever Jackson County school to be named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Following her retirement, she served on the Jackson County Board of Education for eight years donating 100% of her stipend to the SWAN program to help children. Throughout her career she was a passionate mentor and friend to many stellar teachers who positively impacted the lives of countless children. In retirement, Lois authored and published four novels. She was a member of the DAR and Eastern Star. She was a life-long Christian and an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William Casto, and sister Jeanne Hunter.
She is survived by her children, Dr. William Casto and his wife Chana, David Casto and his wife Debbie, Mary Toler and her husband Nelson, and Laura Matheny and her husband Kevin; Grandchildren Jeff (Kara) Casto, Russ (Andrea) Casto, Sydnie (Tyler) Johnson, Maddie (Derek) Stahl, Kenzie Casto, Casey (Scott) Hill, Jordan Casto, Taylor (Lindsey) Casto, Madison Casto, Rick (Denise) Toler, Lindsay Toler, Vince (Emily) Toler, Blake Matheny, and Grace Matheny; great-grandchildren Eli Casto, Cyrus Casto, Mya Casto, Ava Casto, Hadley Johnson, Carson Hill, Mason Hill, Rowson Hill, Emerson Hill, CalliUllom, Alexsandra Toler, and Adyson Toler; sister Margaret “Peachie” Hall and her husband Dr. William Hall; brother-in-law Jim Hunter, sister-in-law Jean Casto, brother and sister-in-law Dick and Helen Casto, 11 nieces and nephews, and many special teachers who were dear to her heart.
Friends may call on the family from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm Monday November 2, 2020 at the Waybright Funeral Home. In accordance with state guidelines, a face mask or covering must be worn and social distancing observed. A private family funeral service will follow at Calvary United Methodist Church in Ripley with Rev. Charles Hicks officiating. Burial will be at the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley.
Lois left a note for her children requesting no fanfare for her funeral but adding it was her desire for all who remembered her to carry out two random acts of kindness. One for a person who you felt deserved it, and one for a person who did not deserve it. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Calvary United Methodist Church Food Pantry.
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