Catherine Starck, 84, Cadott, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, was called by the Lord to Heaven, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, while surrounded by her family.
Catherine was born Jan. 21, 1936, the daughter of Claudie and Beulah Clemons.
Her childhood years were spent in Kentucky, until the age of 18, when she moved to Racine.
She was united in marriage to Reuben Starck Sept. 25, 1954. The first few years of their marriage, they lived in Racine, until moving to Cadott, where they purchased their farm and raised 15 children.
Catherine was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Boyd, and enjoyed attending Sunday services with her family.
She was a homemaker, until she started working as a nursing assistant at the Golden Age Nursing home in Chippewa Falls. She continued to work there until her retirement.
Catherine loved country music, singing and playing her guitar. Many people would comment that she sounded just like Loretta Lynn. Last year, she fulfilled one of her dreams to sing on Broadway in Nashville, Tenn.
Many will remember Catherine for her singing with her son, Mike, in the local bands and talent shows, such as the Cadott version of Hee Haw and Country Classics.
Some of Catherine’s other favorite pastimes, were playing cards with her family and friends, camping, trips to the casino, crosswords, crocheting and putting together puzzles. She loved flowers, and tending to her plants and gardens.
Catherine loved baking and taught many how to bake a pie without burning the crust. She always reserved the leftover pie crust and filling to bake a small pie, which always “seemed” to go to her son, Tommy, the youngest of her children.
She is survived by her children – Michael (Patricia) Starck, Cadott, Larry (Elaine) Starck, Stanley, Russell (Sandy) Starck, Holcombe, Karen Parish, Cadott, Janet (William) Winters, Augusta, Brian (Suzanne) Starck, Cadott, Lori (William) Walters, Stanley, Julie (Robert) Bremness, Cadott, Diane (Allen) Mason, Stanley, Sharon (Dean) Steinmetz, Stanley, Sherrie (John) Szymanski, Thorp, Terry (Debra) Starck, Stanley, and Thomas (Shannon) Starck, Cornell; more than 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sisters – Mary Meekma, Union Grove, and Freda Lovell, Kentucky; brother-in-law – Robert (Shirley) Starck Sr., Cadott; sister-in-law – Joyce Seichter, Boyd; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband – Reuben; daughter – Sandra Marion; son – Gary Starck; grandsons – Christopher Starck and Robert Parish; son-in-law – David Parish; brother – Charlie Clemons; sisters – Marie Olcott and Edith Clemons; and special friend – Raleigh Hakes.
Services will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cadott, with Pastor Gary Paul officiating. Interment will follow the services at Countryside Union Cemetery, Town of Goetz.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at Leiser Funeral Home in Cadott, and also one hour before services, Friday morning, at the church.
For the health and safety for everyone who may attend the service, social distancing, minimal contact and face coverings are mandatory.