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Bethany Tarnaski-Castillo

Our Angel on Earth, Bethany Tarnaski-Castillo, beloved daughter, devoted mother, sister, and empathetic friend died unexpectedly on Oct. 22, 2023, at age 42.

Bethany was born in Avon Township, Michigan, on Jan. 21, 1981, daughter to James and Kristina (Juopperi) Tarnaski. Her siblings included Jeremy Boleau, Aaron Tarnaski and Matthew Juopperi. She was a wonderful mother to Ethan Tarnaski, Isabell Castillo, Hannah Castillo and Ronald Castillo Jr.

Bethany was shining. She was hardworking, charming, beautiful, compassionate, creative, a thoughtful gift giver, best advice giver, and amazing cook. At age 18, Bethany was a Certified Nursing Assistant at an Alzheimer’s facility. Bethany graduated from her Practical Nursing program in 2003. Then worked as a faithful caregiver as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Gogebic Medical Care Facility, and Westgate Nursing Center.

Bethany spent her free time between long nursing shifts cultivating her garden. She looked adorable in her overalls. Her garden was successful, and all of her family loved her home-grown meals. Her children’s favorite dishes were her Thanksgiving stuffing, stuffed green peppers, and homemade pizza.

Her backyard was a place of joy. Bethany created a delightful space to host wonderful cookouts and family gatherings. Bethany was an innate artist. Bethany could fashion beautiful hand-crafted holiday themed centerpieces. Her Christmas trees were always lovely and elegant. Bethany loved quality family time and nature. Bethany cherished Lake Superior. She loved going fishing, camping, and picnicking with her family.

She was predeceased by her father, James “Jungle” Tarnaski; brother, Matthew “Mutti” Juopperi; and stepfather, Paul Boleau.

A celebration of life will be held at All Saints Lutheran Church in Wakefield on Friday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. Luncheon will follow immediately after at Wakefield American Legion.