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Catherine Delores Logsden


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
CATHERINE DELORES LOGSDEN "Kitty" 11/15/1926 - 9/8/2016 Kitty was born Catherine Delores DeCarlo in Glassport, PA to Angelo and Angelina DeCarlo on November 15, 1926, the second of 5 children. Her parents were naturalized citizens from Italy and Kitty was of the first generation born in the USA. The family moved to McKeesport, PA where they lived until her father passed circa 1943. Kitty was in her 3rd year of high school when her family moved to Laurel, Montana. Kitty loved school but she never finished her secondary education which remained a sad disappointment for her. On December 7, 1946 while working at JC Penney's in Laurel, a gentleman shopper come in to buy a man's handkerchief. Six weeks later, on January 17, 1947 she married Harold C. Logsden. During the next 52 years, she was by his side. She was his confidant, supporter, partner, best friend, lover and wife and during his final years, his caregiver. For the first part of their marriage, she traveled with him, while he built smoke stacks across the country. They settled in Hayti, MO, where they started their family with a daughter and then moved to Kennett, MO where they built their first home. When Harold finished highway patrolman training they moved to Cape Girardeau, MO where Harold served on the patrol force and they welcomed their second daughter. She and Harold opened the extra floors of their home as a residence to the young women attending South East Missouri State University located nearby and built and operated the R&M Trailer Park. So that Harold could finish his college education, they sold everything and moved to Doolittle, MO. While there, she obtained her license in cosmetology and operated Idle Hour Beauty Shoppe. In September 1965, they relocated to California for Harold to begin his Civil Engineering career. To help support the family, she worked in various retail businesses as their bookkeeper. Pretty remarkable for not having a formal education on the subject! Once Harold retired, they took off on travels across the country in their silver Avion, using Sierra Dawn in Hemet, CA as their base. Kitty would continue to travel with friends or on her own to visit friends after Harold passed until she had to give up driving. While at Sierra Dawn, they were active in the Bereavement Support, served as Ushers and helped with Bingo at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. When Harold passed in 1999, Kitty lived on in their home until 2011, when she moved to Riverside to be closer to her eldest daughter. In 2015, she moved to Valencia Terrace Assisted Living in Corona, CA where she continued to make friends and remained very active. Kitty was a natural artist which she inherited from her mother. She tailored professional quality clothing for her children, enjoyed crocheting, some knitting, embroidery (she even convinced Harold to learn during the cold winter nights in Montana), painting, making figurines and all manner of crafting. She always loved learning something new. She used her talents to help others such as making dolls for the Sierra Dawn Charity Doll group and she was always pleased to teach others. She was very proud of the blue ribbon she won for a deer figurine, which was her first attempt at ceramics. Most of the items she made she gave away as gifts. Her favorite activity was BINGO! And did she love it. And Kitty could tell you the best Taco Bell to eat at! One of her last comments was that she wanted to be sure not to miss candy bingo. And she was trying very diligently to convince one of the nursing staff to get her dinner from Taco Bell instead of the hospital food. Kitty had a tender spirit. She loved people and made friends easily. These friendships lasted her entire lifetime. She touched all who knew her and she genuinely cared about them. That is her strongest legacy. She passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 3:49 pm at Kaiser in Riverside, CA. Kitty was the last of her siblings to depart. Those who remain to remember her are Rochelle P Stewart (daughter) and Darrell L. Stewart (son-in-law) of Norco CA; Machelle B. Forshee (daughter), Jakulyne Pontius (granddaughter) and Jamie Forshee (granddaughter) all of Naples Florida, 4 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a long, golden road of friends. Kitty will be placed to rest with Harold at the Riverside National Cemetery on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 2:00pm Floral arrangements can be sent to the cemetery and must arrive at 1:45 pm on the date of service.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 25, 2016
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