MANSFIELD: Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. In spite of obstacle, illness, and disability, Beth Castelvetere’s positive attitude, selflessness and unconditional love propelled her as a larger-than-life personality who persevered and optimistically lived an inspirational and noble life.
An angel ushered Beth to heaven – peacefully, and surrounded by family and friends – from her Mansfield home Sunday, October 24, 2021, following a valiant and courageous nine-year battle against ALS. She was 45.
Born Beth Ann Popa March 5, 1976 in Mansfield to Virgil and Lynda (Sarianides) Popa, she was graduated from Lexington High School in 1994, and in 1992 was crowned Miss Lexington.
She had worked in her aunt’s bridal and formal store: Theresa-Ann’s Boutique, but will be remembered working as a real estate title examiner with Southern Title until her disability.
With a zest for life, Beth found joy in all she did. Writing poetry and journaling were favorite pastimes. She later discovered a new joy – her favorite – watching her son excel in golf. Beth also spearheaded the Miss Ontario Pageant for many years.
Beth was the “life of the party” who always thought the best - and saw the best in people. She was kind and forgiving and had faith in mankind. Her big smile was second only to her big heart. She filled her life with her signature high heel shoes, angels, and music – Oh, and as Beth would always say: Real life. Real facts. Real me.
She is survived by her devoted husband Mico J. Castelvetere, who attended to her every need the past nine years; her son Dominic Castelvetere (Dom was the light of Beth’s life and focus of so much of her energy); her mother Lynda Phillips of Mansfield; her father Virgil Popa of Lexington; brothers Douglas of Eugene, OR, Jonah (Gretchen Cooper) of Lexington, and Virgil “Stach” (Kathy) of Sunbury; her father-in-law Saverio Castelvetere of Mansfield; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family including her cherished cousin Stephanie (Michael) Jedra of Lexington; along with a vast circle of friends.
She was preceded in death by stepfather John D. Phillips; mother-in-law Theresa Castelvetere; aunts Drena McCurdy and Margaret Sarianides; cousin Theresa-Ann Wagner; maternal grandparents Ernest & Rose Mary (Bell) Sarianides; and grandmother-in-law Rose “Nonnie” Mollica.
The Castelvetere family will receive guests Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Matthew Frisbee on Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 11 a.m. in Resurrection Parish. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to benefit Mico and Dom may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Castelvetere family. Share a message of support with them – and watch Beth’s tribute video – online at: https://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com/obituary/beth-ann-popa-castelvetere/