Janet Lee (Casto) Hayes

Janet Lee (Casto) Hayes, age 78, of Bear, DE, passed away in the care of the CCHS Cardiac ICU unit with her family by her side on Friday, March 24, 2023.

Born in Ripley, WV, she was the daughter of the late Harl and Lily Virginia (Randolph) Casto. Janet came to Delaware at the age of 16 and began her 45-year career with the DuPont Company. She started in the mailroom and worked her way to a Systems Support Manager; the role she held when she retired in 2005. DuPont is also where she met her husband of 47 years, Francis Joseph Hayes, Jr., who preceded her in death in 2013.

Janet enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, and staying up to date on current events. Most importantly, she enjoyed being with her family. She loved Sunday dinners, watching her grandchildren play sports, and spending weekends at the beach playing games and having adventures on the boardwalk. Janet was a ‘Mom-Mom’ to not only her biological grandchildren, but to so many others who loved her and spent time with her. She will be missed by many.

Janet is survived by her daughter, Kelley Bowen (Dy); twin grandsons, Zachary and Nicholas Bowen; granddaughter, Madalynn Bowen; and a host of beloved friends who were ‘found family’ to her.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE. A second visitation will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at St. Joseph Parish, 319 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janet’s memory to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or online by clicking here or to the Food Bank of Delaware, Attention: Development Department, 222 Lake Drive, Newark, DE 19702 or online by clicking here.


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5 Condolences for Janet Lee (Casto) Hayes

  • Janet you will be missed by many.I will always remember the good times we had with the family.The Thanksgiving dinners at your house and your fancy Christmas cookies.Rest in peace love to the family.

  • Dearest Kelly and Family,
    Your Mom was one of my favorite patients at the dental office. (Drs. Hoopes, Lenz and Vattilana) We spent a lot of time chatting. Her biggest joy was her family. Janet simply adored her grandkids. She truly enjoyed watching them excel in school, sports, and life! Now she is with the love of her life watching over all of you. May your wonderful memories outweigh the profound grief experienced after such loss.

  • Kelly and family,

    “Aunt Janet” was so special and unique with her kindness and love she shared with us all. I will always remember when she took me to the local carnival as a child and spoiled me rotten. It is a very fond memory I hold. My from my family to yours you are all in our hearts and prayers. With love, Michelle, Tyler, Chase and Cora.

  • Dear Kelley, Dy and family,
    Please accept our sincere sympathy for the passing of your wonderful mother and grandmother, Janet. What a very special woman she was! Her smile would light up a room! It was a privilege to know her through the years. May the memories you shared as a family be of comfort to all of you in the days ahead. You are daily in our thoughts and prayers🙏🏻

  • Janet was my supervisor at DuPont for a few years. She certainly ruled the roost, but had a fun way of doing it – I remember her laughter and dedication to her work. It was a pleasure working with her. Janet certainly loved her Kelly! So sorry for the premature passing of your dear mother.