Emily Flachbart Castine, 79, of Lake Shore Rd., passed away Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at CVPH Medical Center.
She was born in New York City on July 9, 1938, the daughter of Rudolph and Kathryn Flachbart.
Emily grew up in Pelham Manor in Westchester County, and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School, Class of 1956. She married Wendell Saul Castine on Oct. 8, 1960, and settled on the Ridge Road in Champlain, N.Y. She received her B.A. degree cum laude in English from SUNY-Albany; her M.S. in education from SUNY-Plattsburgh; C.A.S. in administration from SUNY-Plattsburgh; and her Master of Library Science degree from SUNY-Albany in 1985. She began her career as a high school English teacher and librarian at Champlain Central in 1960. After four years, she left to raise a son and eventually a daughter. From 1965-66 she served as public librarian at the Chazy Public Library; then, in 1967, she started the Peter Pan Play School in Chazy. This was a preschool geared to the 3-5-year-old level and espoused the principles of the famed Gesell Development Institute. Mrs. Castine became an authority on kindergarten readiness and had received her Child Development credential through the Bank Street
School of Education in New York City. She and her assistant, Edie Morelock, directed students in over 50 popular mini-musicals through 1984. From 1983-1984, Emily served as an administrative intern at CCRS under Gordon Dragoon and then became a teaching assistant. In 1985, she was hired as the high school library media specialist. She retired in June 2002 and in the following spring took a job at the Corner-Stone Bookshop in Plattsburgh and worked there for five years. She also served for several months as Interim Library Director of the CEWW School Library System.
Emily was active in both the Chazy and Plattsburgh communities. She joined the Chazy Friends of the Library in the early 1960s and later became that club's president for two separate terms. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Chazy Public Library for over 35 years, acting several times as president. She was also active in the Chazy Presbyterian Church having been trustee president for four terms, chairman of the church's 200th birthday celebration, and an elder for life. In 2013, Em earned a certificate of Lay Pastor for the Presbyterian Church and was honored to preach at CPC once monthly for three years. She co-chaired the Town of Chazy Bicentennial Celebration from 1979-1980. Her Plattsburgh affiliations included the Council On the Arts, the North Country Cultural Center, and the SUNY Friends of Art. She was invited to join Phi Delta Kappa, education honorary, in 1984 and served as its president for two years.
Emily's awards included: PDK Educator of the Year (2001), the Mary Leggett Award (1997), and the Richard W. Lawrence Award (1998). She was a member of NYLA and SLMS, and served as president of the Northern Adirondack Library Association for one year. In 2002 she joined the NYS Retired Teachers Association, Northeastern Zone, and served as its first female president from 2006-2009. She received the certificate of Recognition from NYS RTA in 2014 and served as state chair. Emily was an authority on Canadian children's literature, and her extensive annotated bibliography of that topic was published by the SUNY-Plattsburgh Center for the Study of Canada in 1993. This research was presented at Plymouth State College (VT), the UVM-NY Conference on Canada, and various libraries. This led to the formation of an international literary group which included women from the US and Canada.
Emily will be best remembered for an intense love of life, indefatigable energy, a love of books and reading, brainstorming for fund raising, researching literary or art topics, playing the piano for old-fashioned sing-alongs, dancing the polka, entertaining, collecting poetry, studying astrology, and gardening. Em had a great deal of fun for many years with her friends in Red Hatters and Mahjong. She often quoted what made life so joyful to her: "Someone to love, something to do, something to read, and something to hope for."
Survivors include a son, Timothy Castine of Chazy; a daughter, Tracey Ducharme and husband Edmund of Mooers Forks; a grandson, Senior Airman Joshua Ducharme and his wife, Katelynn of Champlain; sister, Joyce Brooks Means of Indiana, and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, and close friends.
Emily was predeceased by her husband, Wendell Castine on Oct. 13, 2014.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Plattsburgh. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Chazy. Reception to follow at the Chazy Presbyterian Church. Donations in her memory may be made to the Chazy Public Library or Riverview Cemetery Association of Chazy.
To share a photo, story, or condolence with Emily's family, please visit www.rwwalkerfh.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Published on November 15, 2017