Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home - Champaign Il

Today is

Barbara Kasten

Barbara Kasten passed away on the morning of April 9, 2018 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois.

kastenBarb was a Christmas baby, born in 1941, daughter of Floyd W. Hoffman and Janet Cook Hoffman in Buffalo, NY.

She earned a PhD in Early Childhood Education and taught at Trinity College in Washington D.C. She loved to travel, defy social conventions and was truly a character with her own unique personality.

Barb is survived by her son Michael and daughter-in-law Stacy, and his four children: Isaac, August, Sadie, Ella of Champaign IL and daughter Julie, and her three children with son-in-law Derek: Brett, Victoria and Lauren of Summerfield NC. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert Ronald "Ron" of 47 years.

Internment and funeral will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pocahontas MO where Ron is buried on June 8 and a celebration of life will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Merritt Island FL on June 10.

Donations are suggested to the P.E.O. Foundation's Fund celebrating 150 years (https://donations.peointernational.org/node/11.

Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


To:  Michael and Stacey Kasten

I received the mailing about the passing of Barb. I was her colleague in the School of Education at Trinity Washington University. I am very sorry to hear about her death.  Barb brought joy to our floor, she was a lot of fun and kept me laughing. She cared about her students as future educators. Barb has educated many teachers and she lives not only with you and other family members but also the educators that she taught.

Cynthia Greer


Barb was a great friend, especially to Frannie, they had many hours of great discussions over the scrabble board. Frannie passed away 3 years ago and awaits resurrection in the loving memory of God. I’m sure she and Barb will have much to visit and talk about when Jesus calls them back to life. 

I am sorry for your loss and the great pain it brings to all who loved Barb so much. “Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God;  and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7; a favorite scripture and one that can bring great comfort in our time of mourning. 

Art OConnell
Ocala, Fl 34470


To the Kasten Family:

I was a colleague of Barb's at Trinity for many years. Although we were in different programs (I'm in History and International Affairs), we enjoyed many great talks and interactions. I loved Barb's humor and stories, her complete dedication to her students, and her passionate commitment to the value and power of education. Please know that she will be missed and remembered by many of us who had the good fortune to be inspired by her as a role model. You all have my deepest sympathy.


Susan Farnsworth
Trinity Washington University


Dear Friends,

Barbara and I worked together at Trinity College in the education department. Barbara was a wonderful professor/teacher, and working along with her was a joy!  I treasure the memories of the joy we had in our work and the fun we had being colleagues.

She and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers!  I look forward to meeting her again in heaven!

With love,
Sr. Joan Ferraro, SND