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Local Death Notices

Cleta I. Castor, 79, of Finleyville, passed from this world on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon.

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Cleta Castor

She was born July 9, 1941 in Russellville, AR; a daughter of the late Oscar R. and Autra Phillips Leavell.

A longtime resident of Finleyville; Cleta was retired from the dietary center of St. Clair Hospital where many hospital patrons remembered her fondly from her years there.

She traveled extensively over the years with her late husband, friends, and family, enjoying countless camping trips and vacation travels across the US, Europe and Mexico.

She especially enjoyed spending time with family, specifically with her children, and grandchildren at Sunday dinners and innumerous youth sporting events and activities over the years. She was always their biggest fan.

Cleta will be forever remembered as a devoted mom, loved by many friends and family who always knew her as friendly and hardworking. Outgoing and adventurous in her youth, she grew up working alongside her siblings on the family farm in Arkansas where she developed a deep love of family and a strong work ethic that she carried with her for her entire life.

She was well known for her seamstress skills and many crafts but especially for her culinary skills in the kitchen, making biscuits, fried chicken, potatoes, and okra that reminded her and her family of her Southern roots but even more so for her delicious baked deserts and candies that she would share and ship to family around the country. They will be sorely missed but not forgotten

Surviving are two sons, Anthony Pica (Dawn) of Upper St. Clair and William P. Castor of Aspinwall; a daughter, Gaylyn Frosini (Nick) of Eighty Four; a brother, Lonnie Leavell of Beebe, AR; two sisters, Phyllis Hubbard and Deborah Smith, both of London, AR; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Americo “Rex” Pica; her second husband, William “Elky” Castor; three brothers and one sister.

At the request of the deceased there will be no public visitation. Private inurnment will be held in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.

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