Geraldine Ketterling
B: 1955-07-27
D: 2020-10-07
View Details
Ketterling, Geraldine
Robert Schwab
B: 1944-02-10
D: 2019-10-21
View Details
Schwab, Robert
LaVern Bitterman
B: 1925-03-08
D: 2019-10-17
View Details
Bitterman, LaVern
John Ostwalt
B: 1928-06-19
D: 2019-10-15
View Details
Ostwalt, John
Elna Saur
B: 1927-05-26
D: 2019-10-13
View Details
Saur, Elna
Lora Timmons
B: 1943-01-07
D: 2019-10-13
View Details
Timmons, Lora
Louise Bischke
B: 1925-11-26
D: 2019-10-11
View Details
Bischke, Louise
Robert Hopkins
B: 1943-10-07
D: 2019-10-08
View Details
Hopkins, Robert
Emile Ruffier
B: 1927-05-09
D: 2019-10-06
View Details
Ruffier, Emile
Patricia Fellows
B: 1924-09-30
D: 2019-10-06
View Details
Fellows, Patricia
Derek Lich
B: 1960-11-01
D: 2019-10-01
View Details
Lich, Derek
Myrna Smith
B: 1926-02-05
D: 2019-10-01
View Details
Smith, Myrna
Lori Bray
B: 1962-05-14
D: 2019-10-01
View Details
Bray, Lori
Donn Schutt
B: 1948-08-26
D: 2019-09-29
View Details
Schutt, Donn
Robert Morgan
B: 1930-07-15
D: 2019-09-28
View Details
Morgan, Robert
Ruth Urbaska
B: 1923-11-16
D: 2019-09-28
View Details
Urbaska, Ruth
Herbert Samuel Kindsfater
B: 1925-01-28
D: 2019-09-27
View Details
Kindsfater, Herbert Samuel
Charles Lechner
B: 1934-09-01
D: 2019-09-26
View Details
Lechner, Charles
John D. Carlson
B: 1966-11-04
D: 2019-09-26
View Details
Carlson, John D.
Jason Paul Ash
B: 1978-08-04
D: 2019-09-25
View Details
Ash, Jason Paul
Viola Ziegler
B: 1924-07-21
D: 2019-09-22
View Details
Ziegler, Viola


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
925 S 27th Street
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
Esther Castagne

Esther Murial Castagne (Bentley)

Tuesday, October 15th, 1929 - Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Esther Castagne, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family of Esther Castagne with a meaningful gesture of sympathy.

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.


Esther Muriel Bentley Castagne, who was generous, spunky, cultural, vivacious, authentic; who also enjoyed adventure and traveling, and who was devoted to her beloved husband, Joe, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2019. She was born October 15, 1929 to Glossie and Mabel (Carey) Bentley in Brattleboro, Vermont. She was adventurous and mischievous as a kid, especially with her cousin Clara. Esther grew up in Hinsdale, New Hampshire and Northfield, Massachusetts, where she attended the Northfield School for Girls. Esther was full of fun stories of her years at The University of Vermont (UVM), where she graduated on June 14, 1953. She was totally dedicated to being educated and helping others to become educated. She was taking classes in her 60s at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana to expand her own education.
A few years after graduating from UVM, she ventured out to the West to visit a friend and met and fell in love with her future husband. Her beloved “Joe Castagne” used to say her “long legs caught my eye”. Joe and Esther married on September 9, 1961 in Northfield, Massachusetts and settled in Red Lodge, Montana, where the Castagne brothers operated the Montana Meat Market. Esther always overcame all obstacles with her playful loud laughter and by giving extra hugs. It was always surprising how long it took when walking down the streets of Red Lodge, Montana, being stopped so many times for conversations, hugs and laughter. One could see her a mile away since she loved to wear vibrant-colored clothing, and her bright color high top converse shoes. Her curly hair and bright lipstick were the staples to her style. Joe and Esther loved black Labradors. Their “Pops” meant the world to them. Joe loved to cook and Esther just adored his cooking. Joe and Esther were so proud of their remodeled kitchen in the 1980s so they could have their internationally-sponsored and -supported students from Turkey and El Salvador over for meals. Joe could create bigger dinner parties for Emine (a.k.a Sebnem), Didem, Suavi and Norma, who brought so much delight and adventure into Esther’s life. Esther travelled to El Salvador; an East Coast trip with Emine featuring a Washington D.C to Vermont drive by car to trace her East Coast childhood memories; San Francisco, and more. She came to New York City just to be at Emine’s graduation, since no one else could attend. Esther became a “second mother” to her international “children”, offered a second home and a safe harbor to those far away from home, with no expectations in return. Her international “kids” said her playful, loud laugh would embarrass them in restaurants. Her laugh will be so missed. After Joe passed, Esther was in Tender Nest Assisted Living, then Cedar Wood Villa for 13 years. She was loved as well as sometimes a trouble maker. She was determined in getting what she wanted and her shenanigans always ended with her laughter with the staff and her friends. She leaves behind her nephews Robert Bentley of Fairfax, VA, and Gary Bentley of Middlebury, CT; nieces Diane Lambert of West Simsbury, CT, and Ellen Berez, of Monroe, CT; sister-in-law Lila Bentley of Southbury, CT; and several cousins including Carolyn Willis, Connie Rutter, James Willis, Sara Lee Powell, and Laura Farrioe, She also leaves behind her international “kids”, Norma Mayer from El Salvador, her “Turkeys” as she called Sebnem Oden (her “first born, Emine”), Didem Oden Park, and Suavi Oden. Esther was predeceased by her parents, and older brothers, Roland and Ralph. Her ashes will be placed with her beloved Joe in Red Lodge, Montana, and with her parents and her eldest brother, Roland, in Sandgate, Vermont. A celebration of Esther’s life will be at Cedar Wood Villa located at One South Oakes Avenue, Red Lodge, Montana on April 6, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
To send flowers to the family of Esther Muriel Castagne, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
Read Less

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Esther Murial Castagne (Bentley), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 1:30pm
    Cedar Wood Villa
    1 South Oaks
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reception

    Cedar Wood Villa
    1 South Oaks
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    following the service


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Esther here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Esther
A proud partner of Honoring a Life

Photos & Videos

Photo Album