Karen Lea Cotto "Katie" Bastian, 73, a resident of Cape Coral, formerly of Ithaca, N.Y., passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Cape Coral. She was born June 14, 1941, in Montour Falls, N.Y,. to Leonard and Meredith Ashley, now deceased.
She worked with the department of Social Services in Ithaca, N.Y. She was a caretaker for several elderly people in New York.
She was a staunch advocate for women and children. She enjoyed music, singing, gardening and her antiques. Her most treasured moments were with her family and friends.
Karen Lea Cotto “Katie” Bastian
She is survived by her beloved husband, Ray Bastian of Cape Coral; six children, Lisa Cotto of Cape Coral, Francisco "Frank" Cotto of Ithaca, N.Y., Zane Cotto of Ithaca, N.Y., Mathew Cotto of Cape Coral, Jon Cotto (Monica) of Newfield, N.Y., and Patrick Bastian (Gina) of Ithaca, N.Y.; one brother, Edward Ashley (Hannah) of Yarmouth, Maine; three sisters, Nancy Connor (Henry) of Owensboro, Ky., Marjorie Goodwin of New Cumberland, Pa., and Laura Wood of Wrightsville, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews; as well as four special friends, Connie, Penny, Dixie and Annette.
She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Gorton "Pop" Wood.
Memorial Services in Ithaca, N.Y., to be held at a later date to be announced via MullinsMemorial.com.
Memorial contributions in memory of Katie Bastian may be made to the Gulf Coast Humane Society, 2010 Arcadia St., Fort Myers, FL 33916.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.