OELWEIN – Cathy Newton, 72, of Oelwein, Iowa, died Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, Oelwein.
Cathy was born on February 1, 1945, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa the daughter of Lyman and Marian (Rinehart) Howe. She attended St. Patrick's Catholic School, kindergarten through twelfth grade and was in the last graduating class of St. Patrick's in 1963. She received her Registered Nursing Degree from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and was employed as a nursing supervisor with the Mental Health Institute in Independence, Iowa for thirty-three years prior to her retirement.
Cathy married Gary (Garland) Newton on September 23, 1972, at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence. The couple lived in the Aurora, Iowa, area until recently moving to Oelwein in December of 2016. Cathy was a active member of St. John's Catholic Church, serving 10 years on the RCIA Team, on the Archdiocesan Parish Council in Dubuque, Iowa, and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Cathy praised her church by sharing her time, talents and treasures by contributing countless hours playing the organ, singing, being a lector, preparing or donating food to the church festival and taking the challenge of placing high bids at the festival's auction.
She is survived by her husband Gary; nieces: Chris (Marv) Schaufenbuel, and Mary (Jim) Hoeger; and nephews: Steve (Terry) Hasley, Bob (Barb) Hasley, Tom (Nancy) Hasley; and a brother-in-law, Mark (Maureen) Newton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ellen Hasley: two brothers: John and Jim Howe; a brother-in-law, Mel Hasley; a sister-in-law, Karen Howe; and mother and father-in-law, Garland and Helen Newton.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's Catholic Church, Independence with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, where the Catholic Daughters will recite a rosary at 4 p.m. and a parish vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday.
To leave an on-line condolence please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com
Published by Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jun. 5 to Jun. 10, 2017.