Janet Dolores Hines Castel



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Janet Dolores Hines Castle, of Wasilla, died Sunday Sept. 15, 2013, at home. She was 56.

A celebration of life was held Oct. 6 at Wasilla Assembly of God. A service was also held Saturday, Oct. 12, at Oak Lake Baptist Church in Sugarland, Texas.

Castle was born in Ocala, Fla., on June 14, 1957, to William and Betty Hines. She attended her early school years in Florida and graduated high school in Houston. She worked in the electronics industry in Houston and was also a bartender there.

Castle also taught pre-school and kindergarten in Houston. She was a model for Guys & Dolls Modeling Agency in Houston. She was a Sunday school teacher at Sugarland Methodist Church in Sugarland, Texas.

She met Jon Castle in Houston, and they were married on Dec. 21, 1983, in Livingston, Texas. Jon and Janet moved to Alaska in 1991 residing in Anchorage, Butte, Palmer, Big Lake and currently in Wasilla.

Castle enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and being outdoors, her family wrote. She also enjoyed watching movies and spending as much time as she could with her beautiful German Shepherd, Kasper. She attended church at Wasilla Assembly of God.

“Janet was loved by all who knew her,” her family wrote. “She was a loving and caring person, always willing to help those in need. She put others needs before hers. She was definitely the sunshine on many people’s lives.”

“Like wild horses, her spirit was a fierce force of nature, bestowing a heart as radiantly big and bright as the sun,” Castle’s niece, Lynn Marie Daaboul, wrote. “A thousand ‘I love you’s’ was simply never too much for a woman who just couldn’t say it enough.

“It was evident that her mother loved her most, just as mothers do,” Daaboul wrote. “Her siblings shared a bond with her, like the beauty of a perfect storm, unbreakably strong and everlastingly long. Her nieces and nephews were the children she never had, recipients to all the maternal love she never hesitated to offer.

“But mainly and most importantly, the greatest love of all was shared between her best friend and husband, the amazing man that never let her fall.”

Castle is survived by her husband, Jon Castle, of Wasilla; mother, Betty Newell, of Houston; brothers, Gene Veazey Jr., of Monticello, Ark., Randy Lawson, of Caravell, Fla., Joey (Blanca) Veazey, of Houston; sister, Carol Daaboul (Jimmy), of Houston; numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, William W. Hines; step-father, Tom Newell; sister, Nancy Hines; brother-in-law, Richard Todd; cousins, Dean and Tina Lawson; uncles, Ray, Earl, and Raymond Lawson; and grandparents, Joe and Nellie Lawson.

Donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675 or to Disabled Americans Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45290-0301.

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