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Funeral services for Anita M. Casal, 89, of Belden will be Tuesday, August 18, at 10 a.m. at the Union Presbyterian Church in Belden with the Rev. Stephen W. Deines officiating. Burial will be at the Belden Cemetery. Viewing and visitation will be held at the Johnson Funeral Home in Randolph on Monday from 3 to 8 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and prior to services on Tuesday at the church. She died Saturday, August 15, 2009, at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel after a long battle with heart disease. ________ Anita May Patton Casal was born May 19, 1920, in Harrison County, Iowa, near Woodbine, to Lester John Patton and Lena Wilhemina (Niemoller) Patton. At the early age of three, her mother died in March 1924. Her dad married Elsie Abigail (Pitt) Patton, on March 10, 1928. She grew up in eastern Iowa and northeast Nebraska and graduated from Allen High School in 1937. After attending "Normal Training" for one year at Wayne Normal School (now Wayne State College), she began her teaching career at the age of 18 in a rural school east of Allen. She had twenty-five students – all eight grades her first year of teaching and entertained her first picnic for parents and their surrounding neighborhood patrons on her nineteenth birthday, May 19, 1939. She married Gordon Jacob Casal of Belden, on November 24, 1945, at the home of her parents in Dixon. They farmed and made their home in the rural Belden area raising their three children; John, Suzanne and Douglas. The couple retired to Belden in 1989. Anita taught in several rural schools in Cedar County and retired from the Randolph Public School system in May, 1985, after 30 1/2 cumulative years of teaching. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1968 and her Master's Degree in Education in 1977 from Wayne State College by taking night classes, workshops, and attending summer sessions. Her husband, Gordon, died on June 1, 2001. Anita remained in the Belden community until her death. She was an active member of her church; as a member of the Mariner's group, Ladies Aid and Women's Association, and a member of the choir for many years. In addition, she was involved in many community organizations which included the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 149-Belden with over 55 years of continuous membership, bowling leagues, bridge clubs in Randolph and Laurel, Pitch Club, Belden Cemetery Association and was a previous member of the Rebecca Lodge. She enjoyed gardening and grew a big garden while on the farm and canned many jars of fruits and vegetables. She received the 100 year, same family ownership, Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award in 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents and step-mother; her loving husband, Gordon of 55 years; and her brothers-in-law, Paul Casal and Marlen Shell. Anita is survived by her son(s) John Wayne Casal of Belden and Douglas Lester Casal of Papillion; and daughter, Suzanne Renee (Val) Sydow of Lyons; Grandchildren Angela (Ken) Dyer of Greeley, Colorado; Renee (Brandon) Snider of Lincoln; Ryan and Rebecca Casal of Papillion, and Justin McKibbon of Belden; Step-Granddaughter Valerie Kim (Kevin) Campbell of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Great-Grandchildren Cali, Kyle, and Lexi Bahnsen of Greeley, Colorado, Mason Snider of Lincoln, and Step-Great-Grandson, Sean Campbell of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; one sister Madelin Shell of Grinnell, Iowa; other nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives and a host of friends. Casket Bearers Ken Dyer Brandon Snider Ryan Casal Delmar Wacker Bob Wacker Justin McKibbon Angela Dyer Renee Snider Rebecca Casal Please call 402-337-0711 if you have questions. If you would like to order flowers and avoid a wire charge call Randolph's local florists, they will take visa/mastercard or bill direct, (THIS WILL SAVE YOU AN EXTRA WIRE CHARGE, CHARGED BY THE NATIONAL FLOWER CENTERS) Randolph Florists are: Broadway Floral & Gifts 337-0311 or 360-1211; Main Street Flowers Toll Free(800)648-0535 or locally 337-1004;

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