Kathryn Bierman

Kathryn Louise Bauch grew up on a farm in Keya Paha County, Nebraska. Born on July 14, 1937 to Mary and William, she had five brothers and four sisters. Cathy attended the Happy Hallow, one-room country school during her elementary years, where two other classmates with the same name caused confusion, and as a result she became "Cathy with a C" and kept this alteration throughout her life. At a very early age, Cathy loved to help with the gardening and flowers, and was often in the kitchen canning and baking. She was also involved with the daily farming chores, which had to be done before and after school every day... no sleeping late! Each year, Cathy and her siblings attended vacation Bible school in the summer, which was held in the country school house. During the winter months, many hours were spent sleigh riding on homemade sleds. Cathy and her brothers and sisters entertained themselves by playing games like hide-and-seek, cards, marbles, etc. as there was no television or telephones at that time. After graduation from Keya Paha County High School in 1956, Cathy moved to Dallas and got a job at a large insurance company doing office work. She loved both her job and living in Dallas. She eventually met her husband there, and they moved to South Dakota, where she had her first two children, Teresa and Marsha. A few years later, Cathy and her family relocated to Colorado and settled in Longmont. When Marsha was seven years old, she was lost to a tragic accident. A couple years later, in 1974, the family adopted a baby and named her Teri. Although Cathy did not have any biological grandchildren, she was known as "Grandma Cathy" to many kids that grew up in her neighborhood. She worked for more than 30 years at the Leanin' Tree, and made several life-long friends there. When she wasn't working, she was always busy with her garden and flowers, reading, watching movies, and listening to country music. Cathy also enjoyed social activities and often participated in church events, walks and hikes, lunch dates with friends, and concerts. Cathy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer, in 2008, but put up a strong fight against the disease. She surprised her friends and family with her feisty nature, and inspired everyone with her positive attitude and courage. Cathy passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, February 17, shortly after a final visit by Pastor Mario. A joyful celebration of her life will be held at New Creation Church on Saturday, February 22, at 11:00 am. Attendees are encouraged to wear green, yellow, or pink (her favorite colors) and share their fond memories of Cathy. Please share your thoughts, memories and condolences at www.howemortuary.com

Funeral Home

Howe Mortuary, Inc.
439 Coffman Street Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 776-2434

Published in Longmont Times-Call on Feb. 21, 2014