Reva Marie (Caster) Dostal, 97, of Toledo, died on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at the home of her daughter, in the care of the Iowa River Hospice. A Christian funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 10:30 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tama with Father Michael McAndrew as celebrant. Interment will follow at Saint-Patrick’s cemetery in Tama. Visitations will be on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with a vigil at 7 p.m. The Mass will be broadcast live on the Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Services Facebook page.
Reva was born on February 29, 1924 on a farm near Eldora, Iowa, daughter of Everett Wayne and Orpha (Carter) Caster.
She grew up in the Eldora-Union area and graduated from Union High School in 1941, where she played in the group and played basketball. In 2019, Reva was recognized as one of the Iowa Girls’ longest-serving basketball players at the Iowa State Girls Basketball Tournament. Reva graduated from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls in 1943.
After being a nanny in Union and then in Des Moines for a few summers, Reva went to work at the Toledo telephone company. There, she befriends Lillian Bartosh (who will become her future sister-in-law) and introduces Reva to her husband Ludwig. Reva married Ludwig James Dostal at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tama on July 18, 1946. They operated a farm in the Garwin and Toledo area.
Reva worked for many years in the court registry, ending as a court clerk for Tama County, retiring in 1987. Reva was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for seventy-five years and was active in the Rosary Society for many years as secretary. , secretary of the ACCW, coordinated funeral dinners, helped with church fundraisers, and helped count weekly offerings. Reva also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and sewed in a nursing home. Reva has made many bathrobes and duvets for nursing homes and retirement homes and each of her children, grandchildren and many of her great grandchildren.
Reva and Ludwig traveled throughout the United States and made several trips to Europe. They also enjoyed square dancing and playing cards with friends. Reva had a passion for decorating cakes, baking, and reading. She attended “Country jam” in Wisconsin with his sister Margaret for many years. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved her brownies and potato salad.
Reva lost her home in Derecho 2020 and spent the last year living with her daughter and son-in-law.
Survivors include her four children, Alan of Lake Brownwood, TX, Randy of Tama, Becky (Bill) Faircloth of Toledo, and Kim (Judy) of Albion; eleven grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Roy Caster of Union; one sister, Betty Posusta of Toledo; and several nieces and nephews.
Reva was predeceased by her parents; her husband, seventy-year-old Ludwig; granddaughter, Annelorre Dostal; siblings, Wendell Caster, James Caster, Infant Ray Caster, Margaret Sanders and Wayne Caster.
Memorials can be directed to the Iowa River Hospice and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.