Catherine Ketcham


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sunday, July 7, 2024
M. A. Connell Funeral Home Inc.
934 New York Avenue
Huntington Station, New York, United States


9:30 am
Monday, July 8, 2024
St Elizabeths Church
175 Wolf Hill Road
Melville, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

Pinelawn Memorial Park
2030 Wellwood Avenue
Pinelawn, New York, United States

Obituary of Catherine M. Ketcham

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‭Catherine Mary Terwiel‬‭ Sievers Ketcham‬
‭Sunrise 11/12/32 Sunset 6/24/24

One of the brightest, kindest lights dimmed in the passing of Cathy Ketcham.‬ Mom was a seeker of the true, beautiful and divine. She never lost the “awe & wonder” gene.‬ She loved nature, all plants, animals and meticulously caring for her park like property and its‬ critters.‬

Except the enormous raccoon who made a home in scaffolding above her bed in the eaves …‬“I’m telling you girls!!! There is something LIVING in the roof!!” Uh-huh, ok Mom. She had‬ gone with her walker to get wine!! “Well, if I’m not driving anymore I can certainly have a glass‬ of wine …”

Mom was a total riot as far back as can remember.‬ In taking ALL her girls to church from a very young age, Cathy focused on the acts of service,‬ however small, and taught her daughters the meaning of the Ten Commandments, and how‬ to live them. Most importantly to BE KIND. Mom also taught us,“if you see someone without a‬ smile give them yours.” Mom loved to laugh and all were treated as her friend.‬

Catherine loved motherhood. She took great pride in being a homemaker, sewing all the‬ clothing for her five daughters through childhood and a prom dress for Betsy with a matching‬ purse.‬‭ She tried her hand at quilting, rug braiding,‬‭ furniture refinishing, and bread baking. She‬ passed along her love of reading, the beach, and traveling to each of her daughters. She‬ enjoyed attending the ballet and opera in NYC, as well as listening to Irish music, community‬ band concerts, jazz and especially trombone. As her life progressed, Cathy volunteered for‬ years as a candy striper at Huntington Hospital. After completing a medical coding/billing‬ class she employed there. Some time later she’d said, “I CAN do this, I’d rather work with‬ people” Then came A&S Dept. Store. Cathy owned her first dog Laddie and got re-married for‬ her golden years to her Bob. We survived Mom as a landlady with a tenant …‬

Catherine was always positive, grateful, and smiling! Even when leaving her home of 60‬ years in 2020 relocating to Amber Court Assisted Living, which quickly became her new home‬ for the last 4 years. The picture of grace, going with the flow, being a social butterfly, Mom‬ made a whole bunch of friends quickly. Cathy and her daughter, Jane, grew extraordinarily‬ close and became each other's biggest blessing. They enjoyed beautiful outings to‬ restaurants, concerts, and nurseries. They shared meaningful conversations over hot tea and‬ priceless quality time. Over the years, Cathy’s biggest admirer was her grandson Christopher.‬ He was highly regarded as her sunshine, always there for her cheering on beloved Grandma‬ as her health declined; he was recognized and loved by her until the end. Chris fascinated‬ Grandma with surprise visits and FaceTime calls, from ALL OVER THE PLACE; she loved it‬ and tech skills fascinated her. “WOW!!!” Mom loved learning even when the thoughts would‬ be gone in a blink of an eye.‬

Catherine, 91, passed peacefully at Carillon Nursing Facility in Huntington, NY, after putting‬ up a courageous battle against dementia, an assortment of challenges‬ and lived the last 30 years with chronic lymphocystic leukemia.‬

She is survived by her remaining daughters: Maureen, Betsy, Jane, and Catharine; her two‬ sisters, Eileen and Marie; her seven grandchildren; and her one great-granddaughter! She is‬ currently reuniting in heaven with her daughter Patricia, her younger brother Jack, her first‬ husband Wilfried Sievers, her true love, Robert Ketcham, and her partner in her extended‬ golden years, Lou Lanaro. Cathy loved living, was always thankful and the picture of grace‬ she went with the flow. She was loved and appreciated by all who cared for “Kitty Cat”‬

The family would like to thank Jane. Your love and endless care kept our Mom with us for‬ many more years than we would’ve had her. Carillion Nurse Erin an Earth Angel, and‬ Palliative Care Team. Amber Court Assisted Living of Westbury, Dr Noya, Sandra, and our‬ dear JoyMaker, Ginger Bonner. Thank you Ginger for bringing all of the music, laughter, fun &‬ JOY to our Mom’s Sunset days. We are Grateful, THANK YOU!!! Mom would say, “Don’t ever‬ change!!” May Mom rest in eternal laughter, joy and love. AufWiedersehn!‬

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