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Catherine A. DiPaolo

COAL CITY, Ill — Mrs. Catherine A. “Kay” DiPaolo, 94, of Coal City, Ill., passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Walnut Grove Nursing Home in Morris.

Born April 30, 1918, in New Berlin, Ill., Catherine was a daughter of the late Edwin M. and Kathryn A. White-Cole. She was raised and educated in New Berlin, graduated from New Berlin High School, and later attended Illinois State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education.

Mrs. DiPaolo taught for numerous schools, including Girard Township High School, Coal City High School, Coal City Middle School, Braidwood Elementary School, and Assumption Catholic School, prior to her retirement.

Catherine was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City, where she was involved with the Assumption Mothers Study Club. She was also active with the Coal City PTO and Coal City Band Boosters.

Her educational associations included Illinois Educational Association, Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Grundy County Retired Teachers, and North America Educational Association.

Catherine remained very active within the community and was honored with the Citizen of the Year Award during a past Octoberfest. She enjoyed playing cards, cooking and reading, and will be remembered for her letters and notes in which she took pleasure in writing to friends.

Survivors include three children, David (Kris) DiPaolo of Corona, Calif., Donna (Roger) Hanley of Tampa, Fla., and Jeanine Congalton of Fullerton, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Mark DiPaolo, Doug (Kathy) DiPaolo, Amy (Scott) Brenneman, all of Corona, Calif., Kara (Paul) McDonnell of Yorba Linda, Calif.,, David Hanley of Tampa, Fla., Paul (Steffeny) Hanley of Dayton, Ohio, Mary C. (Richard) Allen of New Port Ritchie, Fla., Ann (Scott) Hills of Lithia Springs, Fla., and John Hanley and Susan Hanley, both of Tampa, Fla; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Hallie Cole of Escondido, Calif.;, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pete DiPaolo, whom she married Dec. 31, 1941; and two brothers, Edwin Cole and Robert Cole.

Visitation and video tribute will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois 113), Coal City. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 245 South Kankakee St., Coal City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, with the Rev. Scott McCawley and the Rev. Robert Noesen officiating. Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Catherine’s memory to Assumption Building Fund, 245 South Kankakee Street, Coal City, Illinois 60416; Coal City Fireman’s Association, 35 South DeWitt Place, Coal City, Illinois 60416; Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Waterstone Circle, Joliet, Illinois 60431; or for Perpetual Masses.

Friends may sign the online guest book or send private condolences to the family by logging onto

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City.

For additional information, call (815) 634-2125.

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