Catherine M. Elder 1941-2018

WARREN — Catherine M. Elder, 76, of Warren, entered eternal life 11:55 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, with her family by her side, in Trumbull Regional Medical Center in Warren, under the comforting care of Hospice.

Catherine was born Sept. 30, 1941, in Warren, the daughter of the late Catherine Ryan, and was a 1959 graduate of St. Mary’s High School.

She furthered her education at Youngstown State University and would go on to serve the people of the Mahoning Valley as a Realtor with Northwood Reality for more than 25 years, a job for which she had a passion until becoming ill this past December.

Cathy was also a secretary at Fairhaven School in Niles, retiring after 10 years of service and was currently still filling in as a substitute at the school. In her early years of employment, Cathy was also a buyer for Strouss Department Store for many years.

Cathy was a lifelong member of St. Mary Church in Warren, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, past member of the parish council and was an active member of the church’s 400 Club. Cathy was also a member of the Board of Realtors.

Cathy was married on Sept. 28, 1979, to Lawrence Elder and they were married for 28 years until his passing on Aug. 11, 2008. Together they shared the love of five children, Curt (Maria) Elder of Warren, Karen (James) Aikins of Niles, Jacque (Michael) Mickler of New Springfield, Patricia “Pattee” Elder Pennell of Warren and Lynn Elder, also of Warren; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a nephew, James (Joanna) Ryan of Beverly Hills, Calif.

Besides her parents and husband, Cathy was preceded in death by her aunt who raised her, Helen Ryan; and by a granddaughter, Heather L. Pennell-Depp, who passed away on Oct. 19, 2015.

Family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.15, 2018, in the Sinchak and Kaszowski Funeral Home, 727 E. Market St., Warren, where closing prayers will be recited at 9:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, prior to leaving for the church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in St. Mary Church, where the Altar and Rosary Society will have the recitation of the rosary before the funeral Mass on Friday morning, in the church.

Burial will take place in All Souls Cemetery in Cortland.

As a sign of sympathy and condolence, the family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations, in Cathy’s name, to either the Hope Center for Cancer Care, 1745 Niles Cortland Road NE, Apt. 5, Warren, OH 44484, or to St. Mary’s Church Restoration Fund, 232 Seneca Ave. NE, Warren, OH 44481.

Arrangements for the Elder family are under the direction of the Sinchak and Kaszowski Funeral Home, 330-392-5691. Family and friends may visit to view this tribute and share condolences to the Elder family.

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