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Catherine C. Willwerth

Catherine C. Willwerth, 89, formerly of Jesup and Fairbank, died Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 27, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup, with Rev. Paul C. Baldwin as celebrant. Music was provided by Monica Bengston, organist, and the St. Athanasius Choir. Inurnment followed at the church cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, April 26, at the White Funeral Home in Jesup, where there was a parish rosary and vigil service. Visitation was provided for an hour before the services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice and Prairie Hills Assisted Living. Online condolences may be posted at www.White-MtHope.com.
Catherine was born Oct. 2, 1928, in Tama, the daughter of Anton Damisch and Marie (Riepl) Damisch. She graduated from Tama High School and attended business school for one year. On March 1, 1949, she was united in marriage to Donald Eugene Willwerth at St. Patrick’s Church in Tama. They moved to a farm south of Fairbank in 1958 and then into town, in Jesup, in 1992. Catherine was a member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup.
She is survived by five daughters, Rebecca (James F.) Hogan, of Monticello; Donna (Earl) Michell, of Manchester; Evelyn Willwerth, of Waterloo; Helen (Jay) Proffitt, of Solon; Patty (Ken) Collins, of Center Point; two sons Andy (Cris) Willwerth, of Fairbank, and Tom (Deb) Willwerth, of Sabula; also 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren, plus one on the way.
Her parents; husband (Donald); one granddaughter (Angela Hogan); three brothers, Anton ‘Tony” Damisch, Jr., Charles “Chuck” Damisch, Sr., and Francis Rudolph Damisch (in infancy); and three sisters, Joan Marshal Sadler, Ann Wehmeyer and Mary McGowan, preceded her in death.
White Funeral Home, in Jesup, is in charge of the arrangements.