Catherine A. Engels, 54

Catherine Anne Engels, age 54, of Delano, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at her home.

Cathy was born Jan. 26, 1960, in Bay City, MI, the daughter of Dr. Jerry and Dianne Hagman.

She graduated from Columbus High School in Marshfield WI in 1978, where she participated in the glee club, yearbook, and the mission club.

Cathy had a passion for the medical field, which was evident by her volunteer work as a candy striper at St, Joseph’s hospital in Marshfield, WI. She later got a job there as a unit ward clerk.

In the mid-‘80s, Cathy met and fell in love with Marty Engels. They were united in marriage Sept. 23, 1988.

Cathy graduated from Mid-State Technical College after studying medical transcription, and from Ashworth University for business management. She worked for the hospital until 1995, and continued that passion after moving with her family to Delano, working for CBSA and Park Nicollet. A very dedicated person, Cathy loved her job.

She had an innate passion for her favorite football team, the Packers. One may mistake the family room of her home as a museum of memorabilia and souvenirs.

Her favorite vacations brought her to Florida, California, Colorado, Washington DC, and New York; some of these destinations were merely to watch the Packers play.

Cathy also had a passion for fishing and heading up north to her parent’s cabin. She loved to bake at an early age, and had a flair for surfing the Internet, magazines, and cookbooks for the next best recipe.

She also loved to garden with her husband, Marty, and help can tomatoes, beans and whatever the bounty provided.

Cathy was truly someone who cared, shared, and ultimately gave of herself. She held her family and friends close to her heart, and she adored her cats, Snickers (little shorty), Dexter (BOO), Beans (Big Shorty), and Novy.

Cathy will be missed, loved, and in the hearts of her loving husband and best friend Marty; and her children, Jerome Verch of Marshfield, WI, Sarah Engels of Delano, Jessica (Martin) Erlandson of Onalaska, WI, Trisha Engels of St. Paul, and Anthony Engels of Brainerd.

She is also survived by her parents, Jerome J. and M. Dianne Hagman of Marshfield, WI; siblings Charles F. (Jill) Hagman of Marshfield, WI, and Maureen (Russell) Lewis of Hudson, WI; grandchildren: Landon Verch, Wrigley and Easton Erlandson, and Kyra, Chloe, and Zachary Engels; and nephew and nieces Benjamin and Margaret Lewis, and Shannon and Elise Hagman.

Cathy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank and Gertrude Hagman, Charles and Elizabeth Erasmus, and Mildred Erasmus.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, March 6 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. There was a gathering of family and friends in Martha’s Hall of the St. Peter Catholic Church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., prior to the Mass.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.

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