Claudia J. Kaestner

Jun 9, 2021
Kastner, Claudia recent


Memorial Services will be10:30 AM, Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo


Family will greet friends for one hour before the service at Locke Funeral Home


Memorial Park Cemetery, Waterloo


In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Claudia may be directed to NAMI Black Hawk County. They are a mental health organization carrying on Claudia’s life work of providing advocacy, education, and support for people with mental illness, and their loved ones.

Checks to “NAMI Black Hawk County” with Claudia’s name in the memo section can be mailed to: Barbara Leistad, 2704 Saratoga Drive, Waterloo IA 50702. Or donate to Cedar Valley Hospice who was instrumental in supporting Claudia and her family as she succumbed to her illness.




Claudia J. Kaestner, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Waterloo and Conrad, died June 9, 2021. She was born August 24,1940 in Eldora, to Claude A. and Joyce Darner Aiken. She graduated from Conrad High School in 1958, later from Allen School of Nursing in 1961.

She married Larry L. Kaestner on September 10, 1961 in Waterloo.

She worked as a Registered Nurse in Allen Memorial Hospital’s Mental Health unit for 43 years, retiring in 2008. She enjoyed playing Bridge, reading, and traveling internationally with her friends - some highlights including Spain, France, England, and ziplining in Alaska at age 75.

Claudia is survived by her husband, Larry; son, Doug (Theresa) Kaestner of Marion; two daughters, Shelly Kaestner of West Des Moines and Amy Burger of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida; six grandchildren: Amanda, Andy, Megan, Jadon, Jacob and Sydney; great-grandchild, Foster; and a brother, Michael (Robyn) Aiken of Marshalltown.


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  1. Kris | Jun 11, 2021
    Claudia helped me thru one of the roughest times of my life!  She was my angel.  I would see her many years later at AECOM Christmas parties and it was great catching up with her every year.  She will always have a special place in my heart❤️💔
  2. MaryAnne White | Jun 11, 2021
    The first time I meet Claudia, was when I was giving my sister Theresa her wedding shower, she was a delight right from day one, welcoming the whole Brown Family with open arms. Those angel wings will be protecting her whole family from above. Look into those stars, and share your thoughts each day, she loved you all.❤️
  3. Pat Boe | Jun 11, 2021
    Claudia will definitely be missed especially at the bridge table. 

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