|Death: ||Nov. 5, 2012|
AMELIA KATE CASTLEMAN, 18, of New Haven, was taken home to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, as a result of an automobile accident. Born in Fort Wayne, she was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. She was a graduate of Bishop Luers High School Class of 2012 and a full time student at I.P.F.W. This past summer she participated in the mission Teach on the Beach in Ghana, Africa. She is survived by her parents, Brian and Lisa Castleman of New Haven; siblings, Adam, Luke and Lydia Castleman; grandparents, Larry and Becky Coomer of New Haven, and Jim and Marilyn Castleman of Monroeville; great-grandmother, Donna Coomer of Woodburn; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers St., New Haven. Father James Seculoff officiating. Calling is from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven, with Rosary to be recited at 3:30 p.m. Burial in the church cemetery. As a lasting tribute to Amelia, contributions may be made to the Amelia Kate Castleman Scholarship Fund at St. John's Catholic School, New Haven. To share online condolences, please visit www.harperfuneralhome
New Haven woman who family members said was passionate about helping people died Monday from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash on North River Road, according to a report from the Allen County Coroner's Office.
Amelia Castleman, 18, crashed the vehicle she was driving shortly after 1 a.m. in the 11400 block of North River Road.
Castleman was alone in the in the vehicle at the time of the crash. She was not wearing a restraint at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle, according to the coroner's office. She was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center, where she died of blunt-force trauma.
Castleman's family said she had been commuting to and from her home in New Haven to attend classes at IPFW, and North River Road was a path she traveled often.
"She's gone down that way many times. There's no explanation – no drugs, alcohol, no texting or anything," said her aunt, Laurie Mille.
A 2012 graduate of Bishop Luers High School, Castleman was in her first year at IPFW, where she was studying business. She was also an active member of St. John the Baptist Church in New Haven, family members said.
Miller said the loss would be difficult for her family and her many friends. "We called her a ball of fire," she said. "She was a very strong Christian, very passionate about helping people and helping kids. Just very loving."
As the family reflected on her life, they recalled a June 2012 trip that Castleman took to Ghana, West Africa, to teach children and help the less fortunate through "Teach on the Beach."
"She was definitely in the process of finding her calling," Miller said, adding that Castleman was already making plans for a return trip to West Africa. "She loved helping kids and people who were less fortunate."
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