Frederick C. Kasten

Frederick C. Kasten, 87, of Big Cedar Lake, West Bend, died on Thursday, Dec. 8 2005 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 29, 1918 in Mil-waukee to the late Frederick and Anita (nee Graff) Kasten.

Fred attended the Milwau-kee University School and re-ceived his BS degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

He then was employed at Hunter Machinery Co. in Milwaukee until beginning employment at McCulloch Motors Corp., transferring to McCulloch in Los Angeles as an engineer developing the first light-weight chain saw.

He was also instrumental in the development of the Target Aircraft Engine used during World War II as training equipment.

Upon returning to Wisconsin, he settled at Big Cedar Lake.

The remainder of his career was as an insurance executive at Fitzgerald, Clayton, Noyes and Kasten in Milwaukee.

On Oct. 23, 1965 he married Jane Rosenheimer at St. Johnís Cathedral in Milwaukee.

Fred was a member and past commodore of the Big Cedar Lake Yacht Club, and a long-time member of the Milwaukee Ski Club skiing at Fox Hill near his home.

Survivors include his wife, Jane of West Bend; three children, Alathena Byrne of Pacific Palisades, Calif., Cindy (Gary) Rodkin of Western Springs, Ill. and John of West Bend; five grandchildren, Alathena Anita Byrne, and Kelsey, Willie, Nolan and Samantha Kasten; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, Frederick; a son-in-law, Timothy Byrne; and a brother-in-law, James Rosenheimer.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church, West Bend, with Father Jeffrey Haines as the presider.

Visitation at the church only will be on Tuesday from 1 to 2:45 p.m.

If desired, memorials may be given to St. Frances Cabrini Education Fund or to Heartland Hospice.

The Schmidt Funeral Home, West Bend, is serving the family.

Fredís family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff from Heartland Hospice Service for the kind and loving care given to Fred during his illness.