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Catherine Delores Orth

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:44 a.m. CDT

Mrs. Catherine Delores (Joyce) Orth passed away while surrounded by family Monday, March 11, 2013. Born Jan. 29, 1932, to Patrick Henry and Catherine C. (Finn) Joyce in South Wilmington, Ill., she grew up on the family farm there with her siblings Mary Joyce (deceased), Helen Koerner (deceased), Rita Farina (of Michigan), Michael “Plow” Joyce (of Illinois), and Therese Phipps (of Washington).

She graduated from Gardner-South Wilmington High School in 1950 and cherished growing up in a small town while surrounded by family and friends. This culture strongly contributed to Cathy’s “never meeting a stranger” attitude toward meeting new people.

Cathy met John C. Orth and they wed on Dec. 26, 1955. They had five children, Mary Joyce Moss (Richmond, Va.), Kathleen Church (Mukilteo, Wash.), Margie Olsoy (Mukilteo, Wash.), Patty Stoddard (Mill Creek, Wash.), and Jim Orth (McMinnville, Ore.), and raised them in Seattle, Wash.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Boston, Mass.; Alexandria, Va.; and Butte, Mont.

Cathy was delighted with the arrival of each of 15 grandchildren: Jennifer Houle, Jeffrey Moss, Jimmy Church, Christopher Church, Paul Church, Julia Church, Jonathan Church, Erik Olsoy, Karen Olsoy, Carl Stoddard, Katie Stoddard, Sam Stoddard, Sophia Stoddard, Bobby Orth, and Emma Orth — “each of them the best grandchild.”

Cathy enjoyed working in the Registrar’s Office at Montana Tech in Butte, Mont., and later in various roles for the Eddie Bauer Corporation in the Seattle area. Her greatest joys included family gatherings of any sort; preparing and offering mass quantities of food to one and all; reading, listening and chatting about politics and news; tending to and directing John in looking after every plant in their yard; playing any game, particularly card games; each and every one of her children and grandchildren; and meeting new people.

Cathy is well remembered as an avid cookie baker.

Cathy’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at St. John Vianney Church, 12600 84th Avenue NE, Kirkland, Wash., 98034. Burial will be on April 5.

Remembrances or donations in Cathy’s name may be directed to Operation Sack Lunch at or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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