Catherine Marienfeld age 83, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2023. Born Catherine Stimer, also known as “Little Katy,” was born January 25, 1940 in Pulaski, Michigan. Katy lived the last 45 years of her full life in beautiful Blaine, Tennessee enjoying the picturesque hills nestled on a quaint river.
Katy will be remembered for many things including her love of holidays. Besides the Valentine cards sent to grandchildren, her favorite holidays were Christmas and Easter. Carrying the tradition on with her grandchildren, Katy would send care packages filled with presents at Christmas. At Easter, packages would arrive with Easter egg coloring kits along with sorted candies. Katy loved the outdoors. She loved to hunt. From deer hunting to searching out the illusive morel mushroom, and as promised she took her “favorite Mushroom spots to the grave.” Friends and family remember annual fishing trips to Canada where they would fly to remote lakes for the best Pike and Walleye fishing.
Family and friends reminisce about her love of music and dancing. She loved anything done by Rod Stewart, and her favorite song by the artist was “Mustang Sally.” Family albums reveal Katy dancing the night away at many graduations, weddings, and enjoying fellowship with others at the Eagles. Katy loved to work in her yard landscaping shrubs, flowers, and anything else that would bring beauty that reflected her taste. Sitting just off her porch is a Rose bush she had just bought days before her death that never got planted. Whenever Katy returned to Michigan, she always had to stop and visit her favorite local “watering hole” the Cadet Tavern in Concord, Michigan known at the time for their delicious pizzas.
Catherine Stimer was preceded in death by parents, Owen and Catherine Stimer; brothers, Rod and Russel Stimer; and lifelong friend, Sheila Meade. Catherine is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ron Marienfeld Sr.; children, Chris Bouldrey, Kim DeLaet, Jackie Ball, Ron Marienfeld, Jr., and Jason Marienfeld and their families including 12 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and her Aunt Vera Gobeski.
Katy will be remembered for her zest of life, love of family and friends, volumes of cook books with handwritten recipes, sense of humor and feisty disposition. Those who knew her well discovered her fluency in the French language. While there is not enough room to write of the many adventures of this strong woman, we all raise a toast to celebrate her life and “Last Dance.”
There will be a Graveside Service on Friday, April 7, 2023 at 11:00am at Pulaski Cemetery in Hanover, MI for family and friends with Michael D. Mason officiating.
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