Leslie Ann Young Kastl

Leslie Ann Young Kastl was born on March 13th, 1954 in Newellton, Louisiana. She was the only daughter of Alice Ruth Hargrove Young and Col. Roy J. Young (USA) (dec.). Leslie passed quietly and peacefully in her sleep on February 11, 2020 in her home in New Orleans. She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Peter Kastl of New Orleans, her son Rob Marus of Washington, D.C. and her mother, Alice H. Young of Alexandria, La. Leslie is also survived by her two loving brothers, R. Tate Young of Houston, Texas, his wife Neva and their daughter Victoria, and Kevin Poe Young of Malakoff, Texas, his wife Amy and their two sons Andrew and Davis. Leslie also embraced Peter's daughters, Rebecca Kastl Millsap and her husband Mickey of Birmingham, Alabama and Rachel Kastl Casey and her husband Tim of Falls Church, Virginia. She treated them as if they were her own children. Leslie's life journey was filled with love, adventure, tears, joy, happiness, sadness and every emotion in between. She graduated from Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1972 and shortly thereafter moved to Alexandria, Louisiana when her father retired from the Army and embarked on a new career there. Other than three short stints in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Houston and Waco, Texas, Leslie remained in Alexandria. It was there she met the love of her life: Peter Kastl. They met in a rather serendipitous way: Peter was relocated to Alexandria after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Thus, a natural disaster begat a beautiful marriage. They married in 2007 and enjoyed all that life has to offer, including Mardi Gras balls, traveling to see Rachel and Rebecca and their husbands and children, and enjoying the fine restaurants of New Orleans. Leslie made friends wherever she landed due in no small part to her outgoing personality, gentle and generous nature and infectious smile. She and her brothers were especially close because, as "Army Brats", they were always each other's best friends due to the frequent moves to new locations and new schools. This bond continued well into their adult years. Leslie was active in the Temple Gemiluth Chassodim during the years she lived in Alexandria and, after her move to New Orleans, she became involved in Temple Sinai. Leslie leaves behind a husband and family who absolutely adored her. She also leaves behind legions of friends and associates who will recall her fondly with much love. A better sister, daughter, wife, aunt and friend does not exist. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Kramer Funeral Home in Alexandria with the viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 15th and graveside services on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Jewish Cemetery in Pineville, In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Leslie's name to the World Wildlife Fund.

Funeral Home

Kramer Funeral Home
2905 Masonic Drive Alexandria, LA 71301
(318) 445-6311

Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, 2020