Amelia (Amy/Ame) Pavese Castenir, age 91, went home to be with her Savior on April 16, 2018 in Elizabethtown, KY, surrounded by her 3 sons and their wives. Amy was a native “Florida Cracker”, born in Ft. Myers, FL November 11, 1926 to Rocco and Antoinette Pavese. She lived the majority of her life in Naples FL. She is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 52 years Pat Castenir, sisters and their spouses Lucy & Stan Lasek, Marie & Chris DeCristoforo, Rose & Ed Pacelli, and Bill Palmer, brother-in-law. She is survived by her 3 sons and their spouses, Paul & Sherry Castenir, Rocky & Kathy Castenir, Dennis & Claudia Castenir; 6 grandchildren and their spouses, Karah & Erick Loveland, Paul, Jr. & Heather Castenir, Kacye & Daniel Castillo, Jason & Cinnamon Castenir, Nick & Samantha Castenir, Adam & Jenny Castenir; 14 great-grandchildren, Emberly, Kelaney, & Kasten Loveland, Luke Castenir, Ruben, Ian, Ehlii, & Yair Castillo, Josiah Castenir, Riley Castenir & Baby brother or sister, Hadley, Harper, & Hannah Castenir; her sister Ann Palmer; sister-in-laws Betsy Castenir, Carol Castenir, Gloria Hannon; Susan Fleming, mother of Paul, Jr. & Nick Castenir, Jessica Castenir, mother of Josiah Castenir: a multitude of nieces, nephews, and cousins; and friends too numerous to count! Amy went to Florida State College for Women, but was a proud graduate of the first graduating class of FSU. She was an educator for many years, teaching in West Palm Beach FL, Bradford PA, Ft. Myers FL, and started in Naples FL in 1963, teaching P.E. at Naples Jr. High School, Naples High School, then ending her career at Gulf View Middle School. While at Naples High, Amy coached their first girls’ tennis & gymnastics teams. After retiring from teaching in 1989, she started her 2nd career, working at Port Royal Tennis Club for 25 years, retiring at age 87. She loved all sports, but canoeing and tennis were her passions. She loved to tell the story of when she and another scout leader canoed with their girl scouts from Naples through the Ten Thousand Islands, camping along the way. Her passion was tennis, as a player, coach, and getting her credentials to work professional matches as a judge, scorekeeper, & multiple times as a time-keeper at the U.S. Open. Amy also volunteered as a Pink Lady at Naples Community Hospital, and was a member of the Gallon Club for donating blood. While she was doing all of this, you might have caught a glimpse of her riding her moped on the way to school, to a tennis match with her racket in her basket, or on her way to the hospital in her Pink Lady uniform! For her last years, she has resided at RobinBrooke Assisted Living in Elizabethtown, KY, where she quickly made new friends and participated in any activity they offered, from cooking, arts and crafts, volunteering with a local school, and many competitive sports like numerous card games, Wii bowling, and Kentucky Derby Wheelchair Races where she won a Gold Medal last year. Thank you RobinBrooke for providing a caring, enriching environment for these last years of her life. Brown Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, KY is assisting the family with her final arrangements. On Friday May 25, a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 at St. John XXXIII Catholic Church in Ft. Myers, FL, 13060 Palomino Land, Ft. Myers FL 33912. Interment will be at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens, 1589 Colonial Blvd. Ft Myers, FL 33907. In lieu of flowers donate to the charity of your choice in her memory. Condolences may be expressed online at www.brownfuneral.com.
Friday, May 25, 2018 starting at 10:00 AM
St. John XXXIII