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Deanna Kastorff

November 3, 1940 — August 25, 2023


Deanna Lou (Dee/Nino) Kastorff, 82, of Spirit Lake, Idaho passed away on Friday, August 25, 2023 in her home.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Stoneridge Community Room on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

Dee was born in Wichita, Kansas to Mona (Marie) and Louis Thompson on November 3, 1940. She was adopted by her Step-Father, Russell O’Bryan in 1947. Deanna’s baby brother Terry was unable to pronounce her name, instead calling her “Nino” which her family affectionately kept for her from then on. She spent her primary years in Newton, KS enjoying childhood adventures with her cousins until her parents moved the family to CA. There she went to Rancho Alamitos High School and graduated in 1957.

She worked at Disneyland in the late 1950’s and was on the cover of Parade Magazine featuring a story about Disneyland Tour Guides in 1961. Later she worked as an X-Ray technician and medical assistant for a few years before settling in as a secretary for Fluor Corporation in CA, Dixon Industries in KS, and finally for Panhandle Health District in ID from where she retired in 2006.

She married Don Kastorff in 1970 and they recognized their 53rd wedding anniversary on August 8, 2023.

She enjoyed fishing, camping, watching hummingbirds, spoiling her rescued pets, bowling, theater, craft fairs, and playing board games with her family. 

Deanna is survived by her Husband, Don Kastorff of Spirit Lake; Daughter, Unity Vanderhoof of Blanchard, ID; Son in Law, Lane Vanderhoof of Spirit Lake; Sister, Kimberly (Kenneth) Wood of Pittsburg, KS; Granddaughter, Emery (Jeremy) Blasier of Spokane, WA, Grandson, Grant Denton of Rathdrum, ID; Grandson, Lee Vanderhoof; Granddaughters, Laurel and Lindsay Vanderhoof; Great Grandchildren, Marabella, Ronin, and Odin Blasier.

She is preceded in death by her Brother, Terry O’Bryan; her parents, and Daughter, Shelley Denton.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice of North Idaho, Washington State University, and Bell Tower Funeral Home. Deanna was kind, hospitable, generous, playful, and deeply loved. She is missed very much.  

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