CoNette L. (Nofzinger) Kasten Archer died Tuesday, July 20, 2021 of Alzheimer’s disease.
CoNette donated her body to the University of Kansas School of Medicine for research. A memorial service will be held at a later date under the direction of Miles Funeral Service.
Memorials have been established in CoNette’s name for the Alzheimer’s Association and for the Andrew Kasten Scholarship at Kansas State University. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
She was born on Dec. 4, 1936 to Owen E. and A. Marjorie (nee Seigneur) Nofzinger. She attended school in Archbold, Ohio, then Bowling Green State University. She married Roger N. Kasten in 1956, and to this union six children were added. Through the years the family was fortunate to live in several states, as well as Bermuda and Australia.
CoNette completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind., where she began work on her master’s. She finished her master’s degree in counseling and earned her education specialist’s degree in school psychology from Wichita State University. She was certified in several areas of special education. CoNette was employed by Rainbows United, the Institute of Logopedics, Irabenna (Australia), Wichita State University and several public schools throughout her lifetime.
CoNette married William “Bill” H. Archer in 1995 and they made their home in Winfield for 25 years. With this marriage she added a stepson, John Kretzer and his wife, Carolyn, and two more grandchildren to her family. Bill and CoNette enjoyed family events, traveling, volunteering, reading, building things and gardening. She felt that her life was full of love, and better than she could ever have anticipated. Following Bill’s passing, CoNette moved to Wichita for the remainder of her life.
CoNette was preceded in death by Roger Kasten; their son, Andrew; their grandson, Adam Garci; and William Archer.
She is survived by her sister, Betty Mater and husband, Charles; her brother-in-law, Steve Archer; her children, Kimberly Garci-Glass and husband, Arthur, Roger Kasten Jr. and wife, Leah, Keven Kasten and wife, Pei-Ying, Amelee Lemieux and husband, Richard, Valerie Kasten, and John Kretzer and wife, Carolyn. There are 12 living grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.