Catherine Mowry LaCugna
Mar 23, 1924 – Apr 5, 2018
Catherine Mowry LaCugna
1924 - 2018
A life devoted to faith and family
Catherine Mowry LaCugna was born in Glasgow, Montana on March 23,1924 and passed away peacefully on April 5, 2018. She was the daughter of Margaret and Ransom Mowry and was reared in Havre, Montana. She left to attend college in Duluth, Minnesota; after one cold winter there, she decided to move to Seattle College (now Seattle University) where she earned a degree in English. While there, she met her husband Charles and together they reared six children on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Later on, Catherine earned a Masters in Teaching degree from Seattle University and spent many years as a high school teacher.
In retirement, Catherine and Charles enjoyed traveling and exploring the world; Italy was a favorite destination, especially Rome and Florence. For a remarkable sixty-plus years, they were active and devoted members of St. Joseph Parish in Seattle. In addition to her work in the parish, Catherine volunteered for more than twenty years at Swedish Cherry Hill Hospital, logging over 25,000 hours in service to others. In her deeply faithful life, she always remembered to thank and praise God for all good things. Her faith sustained and nourished her. She was often smiling, and her eyes twinkled even in her later years.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Mark Patrick (1944), her husband, Charles (2007) and her daughter, Catherine (1997).
She is survived by her children: Margaret, Mary (Fred Miller), Barbara (Terry Gilreath), Joe (Bob Mitchell), and Teresa (Brian Fields). She is also survived by grandchildren: Peter Sanford, Kristine Desimone (Joe) , Shannon Reyes (John), Sarah Miller, Andrew Miller, Colin Fields, Graham Fields, and great grandchildren, Brittany Reyes, Marco Desimone, Joe Desimone Jr.
Catherine’s family is grateful for the excellent care she received at Evergreen Family Home in Bellevue. Providence Hospice also provided expert care during the last year.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be offered at St. Joseph Church in Seattle (732 18th Ave East) on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 11:00am. A reception will follow.
Catherine and Charles contributed their time, talents and treasure to support Catholic school, religious orders, and charities serving the neediest among us. In lieu of flowers, and to honor Catherine’s faith and lifelong commitments, the family will appreciate contributions to St. Martin de Porres Shelter or to your favorite charity.
Catherine would also appreciate any kind gestures you extend to someone in need. Catherine will smile on you if you enjoy an Irish coffee.
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