Catherine's life was deeply rooted in Lancaster County. Growing up as Catherine Good on a Bowmansville farm that had been in her family since the early 1700's, she attended a two-room schoolhouse until 8th grade. She worked on the farm with her parents, Peter S. and Carrie M. (Redcay) Good, three brothers and two sisters. Later working at a local silk factory, she produced parachutes for our airborne forces during WWII.
In 1947, she married Robert Youndt, Fivepointville. Their wedding photo, still hanging over her bed, shows a strikingly handsome couple. For 57 years, until his death July 18, 2004, they were inseparable, becoming pillars of the community.
The family business, Youndt Brothers Meats, was well respected throughout the area. Catherine worked by Robert's side at farmer's markets for many years, but particularly rejoiced in her role as wife and mother, always striving for perfection. To her daughters, she was the ideal mother, whose hands always reached out to hold them up, but never to hold them back. Her support, encouragement and pride in their achievements fostered a generational leap from one and two room schoolhouses to university and post graduate degrees.
Following Robert's death, Catherine moved to Garden Spot Village, where she continued to shine. At 93, she would bring morning coffee and share newspapers with less mobile neighbors. She welcomed visiting family with freshly baked pies and continued to cherish the joy, undying affection, and generosity they gave her. She enjoyed life and had no fear of death, seeing it as the end of a well-done journey that would bring her back to Robert's side.
Catherine's memory lives in her daughters Lorraine, wife of Howard S. Veisz, Rye, NY, and Betty Youndt-Whiting, wife of David Whiting, Laguna Beach, CA; four grandchildren; great-grand-daughter; and brother Harold R., husband of Barbara (Smith) Good, Fivepoint-ville. She was predeceased by two brothers, Harvey and Ralph, and two sisters, Anna Bixler and Myrle Good.
A closed casket visitation will be Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 1-2:00 p.m. at Peace United Church of Christ, 37 E. Swartzville Rd., Denver, PA 17517, with the funeral at 2 :00 p.m. Burial in Muddy Creek Cemetery, Swartzville. Rather than flowers, contributions to her church (address above) or Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, 433 S. Kinzer Rd., New Holland, PA 17557.
Good Funeral Home, Reamstown, is honored to be serving the Youndt Family. www.goodfuneral.com.