Cathi was the most loving and generous woman; a tireless servant for Christ; a true and classic lady who championed the most important things in life - Christ, faith, service, and family. She was the pillar and the rock for the Fredenburg family especially for her devoted husband, Bob. The couple was blessed with six children; Kimberly, Catherine, Michael, Kevin, Margaret, and Elizabeth. Cathi provided everything her family needed; sweetly keeping everyone in line so they all rose to be loving, respectable and independent adults. Having an innate gift as the most selfless caregiver, Cathi worked with Hospice Buffalo as an intake-coordinator who was best known for her committed service in the inpatient and in-home care units, making the most of her skills and gifts as a kind and calming presence. She also worked at Lakeside Funeral Home for many years, helping to comfort people during the most difficult times in their lives. Cathi was deeply committed to her Catholic faith; a prayer-warrior, giver and a fixer who always did everything she was able for anyone who needed it. The highlight of her life was watching her kids grow up and become parents themselves – Cathi lived for her family and adored being a grandma! There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her grandkids.
Church was a large part of Cathi’s life, where she kept herself busy at Saint Mary of the Lake Catholic Church and school; working as a greeter, an usher and a Eucharistic Minister at the church and serving in the school for 40+ years. Everyone at church adored her and looked forward to seeing her every week. In what little time she took for herself, Cathi loved to garden and maintained a beautiful property. She grew both flowers and vegetables and enjoyed her indoor plants as well as the ones in her yard. She enjoyed a good game of solitaire and bare feet, whenever possible.
Cathi was truly one of one. A graceful woman who touched many lives and many hearts. Her smile, her laugh and her love will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to know her. Cathi will be forever remain in our hearts, our minds, our prayers and will continue to be remembered and honored in kind deeds and selfless acts, inspired by her giving spirit for many years to come.
Catherine M. Fredenburg of Hamburg, NY passed peacefully on August 27, 2021. Beloved wife of Robert Fredenburg; devoted mother to Kimberly (Keith) Thompson, Catherine, Michael (Kristianna), Kevin (Erin), Margaret (Kevin) West, and Elizabeth (Tim Hinton); cherished grandmother of Tara, Michael, Tabitha, Brittany, Abigail, Mia, Henry, Connor, Lauren, Kevin, Jared, Nick, Evelyn, and Nathan, as well as 7 great-grandchildren; dear sister of Lawrence (Karen) Gollwitzer, Mary Kloc, and Patricia (Jimmy) Gollwitzer, as well as her in-laws, Gary (Nannette) Fredenburg, James Fredenburg, Susan (Lillian) Fredenburg, and Carol Fredenburg, and her sister-in-laws, Robin and Cindy Gollwitzer; also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Catherine Gollwitzer, her brothers Stevie and Tommy Gollwitzer. Friends will be received Friday from 1-9PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075 716-627-2919. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday at 1PM at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075. Please assemble at church. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna will follow the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in Cathi's name may go to St. Mary of the Lake Church. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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