Kathryn (Casey) Emily Bastian, 64, passed peacefully on May 11, 2019 in the care of her husband of 31 years David Jeffery Roberts, her son Sam, his wife Maris Feeley, and her longtime friend Wendy Dawson.

Casey was born on December 3, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of local activist Mildred Epps Bastian & business owner Joseph C. Bastian. She was the Skipper to her three older brothers, who all survive her: Joseph C. Bastian, Jr. and his wife, Diane; James H. Bastian and his wife, Susan; and Michael (Pete) Bastian, and his wife, Patricia. She is also survived by her nieces and nephew: Joseph A. Bastian (Lovely Bastian), Laura Bastian Webb (Jeff Webb), and Amanda Wilson (Andrew Wilson),

An entrepreneur at heart, Casey led a bold career spanning 40 years in food service and hospitality, from local St. Louis restaurants to Panera Bread bakery-cafes across North Carolina. She served as a fierce advocate for others, sitting on the board of Safe Child and Dress for Success, and as chair for The Caring Place. Her compassion extended to political causes close to her heart; in the face of the 2014 Ferguson protests in her childhood streets, Casey founded the Capt. Ron Johnson Endowment Scholarship at St. Louis Community College to thank a local voice of peace and unity.

Underneath it all was a love of people, and Casey could make a friend anywhere she went. With a quick wit, welcoming smile, and listening ear, she brought out the best in others and helped wherever she could. Casey will continue to serve as an inspiration for all who met her, including the Panera team, gal pals, her family, and all of her friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the American Civil Liberties Union (https://www.aclu.org/donate-aclu) or Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina (https://habitatnc.org/donate/).

 

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