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Catherine Thater

Catherine E. Thater

Wednesday, April 16th, 1924 - Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
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On December 31, 2019, the last of our family’s “Greatest Generation” members, C. Elizabeth Thater, passed away peacefully at Stella Maris Hospice. “Aunt” as she was known to her family, and Libby to her many friends, was a loving, caring person all her long life.
In her younger days, she was a nurse for over 40 years at the old BGE headquarters on Lexington St. Her leisure time was spent at her home enjoying a long succession of dogs and cats, at her church St. Michael’s in Overlea, and at the family’s waterside summer place teaching her nieces how to really enjoy the Chesapeake Bay- crabbing, fishing, swimming and boating. She travelled a bit. As she got older, her family and friends surrounded and supported her in her home as long as possible.
Libby is survived by her nieces Mary and Cathy and their husbands Frank and Walter, and by 5 grand nephews and nieces- Frank E., Maura, Caroline, Eric and Anna, all of whom she helped in many ways over the years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Overlea on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM.

Donations in her name may be made to the SPCA of Maryland https://www.mdspca.org/ or any local animal shelter out of her love for her animal companions, to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation https://www.cbf.org/ ,the Catholic Relief Services https://www.crs.org/ , or the Franciscan Center http://www.fcbmore.org/ .
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    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    St. Michael the Archangel Church
    Address
    10 Willow Avenue
    BALTIMORE, MD 21206
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Jen Santos

Posted at 12:53pm
I knew Ms. Thater as "Aunt", through her Great-Niece/my dear friend Maura.

Aunt was a sweet, kind and caring person.

My fondest memories were how she loved her dear dog Ripley. And the time Maura brought me to their family shore house, and we took a boat ride with her brother and cousin. (I was recently reminded by Maura of this next part), I had somehow gotten a splinter and Aunt came to the rescue by saying that she would get the splinter out. Maura, said that Aunt was a nurse and assured me that I was in great hands. And sure enough she got the splinter out.
Over the years, Maura would inform me that Aunt would ask her how I was doing. I feel blessed to have known Aunt. God bless her soul.

And may she Rest In Eternal Peace and Perpetual Light shine upon her.
MD

Maura S Dechtiaruk

Posted at 06:49pm
Aunt was a woman of great faith, in words and in actions. "Just talk to the Lord. Tell Him what's on your mind. You may feel lonely, but you're never alone...God is always there." These are a just a few gems of faith that Aunt shared with me. Sometimes I'd find her in St. Michael's chapel for Adoration after Saturday morning Mass "keeping the Lord company" as she put it. Other times, she would be watching the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary on EWTN and, if I dropped by at that time, we'd challenge each other to not drift off to sleep during the prayers!

Aunt always taught us to think of others. "If you're feeling upset or don't know what to get into, do something for someone else." On hot, humid, Saturday mornings at our family shore, we gave cold, fresh lemonade or water to the sanitation workers. Spending weekends at the shore also meant attending Mass at St. Luke's in Edgemere, a friendly, welcoming parish that felt like a second spiritual home. We arrived about a half hour before Mass to have time to just sit and reflect. We always had morning and night prayers at the shore, a nice way to begin and end the day. Aunt also loved praying over the phone, especially a decade of the Rosary, and, when her eyesight began to fail, asked to have her favorite prayers recited to her.

But Aunt was also very interested in everyday things. She taught my siblings, cousins and me to swim and boat at the shore. We sometimes stopped at Giant Food on the way down and raided the bulk food section for granola and gummy candy. She took my brother, Eric, and me to see Titanic when it first showed at the Senator Theater. She always encouraged learning and trying new things. She was fascinated with technology like cell phones and computers and always asked about the concerts I'd go to see in Virginia with my friend Jen. One day Aunt and I went to the Bi-Rite, which had just opened a new produce section, purchased a ripe pineapple, took it back to her house and ate practically the whole thing! Jellyfish in the river? No problem! But if we were too frightened, and we had left our rafts at the pier, we could always hold on to Aunt for dear life. So many memories....

Thank you Aunt, for all of this and more. Keep looking over us. Love you.



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Jim Soukup

Posted at 01:47pm
As a BGE retiree with 46 active working years between 1966 and 2012, I have memories of nurse Thayer at the 15th floor of the G&E building at Lexington & Liberty streets medical office. Working on the street in the electric construction discipline for the early years of my career, I always enjoyed my time with my favorite nurse when I needed mending, encouragement or a good, stern safety counseling. She was such a sweet and loving lady with a great smile and welcoming demeanor. I will see Catherine again when I get to Heaven and we will reminisce about our time on earth helping others! Until then, enjoy your perfect body with Jesus our Savior. Love and eternal blessings, Jim S.
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Caroline Williams

Posted at 10:02am
My earliest memories of Aunt were at the shore. It was a place where everyone in our family also gathered and so many memories were made – especially for me and my cousins.

We would spend the weekends with her. I remember –
• going for boat rides in the “little” boat,
• crabbing – catching, steaming, picking!
• going for swims, bike rides and walks,
• watching summer Olympics,
• cleaning blue fish in the sink (yuk!),
• listening to music on Aunt’s 8-track player on a hot summer night.

At Danny and my wedding, I remember her dancing with some of Danny’s friends – it was so fun to see her having fun. Whenever Danny was with Aunt he would tease her about silly things and it would always bring a smile to her face.

And as Aunt got older and she couldn’t drive, it was time to go to her more often. It was fun spending a day shopping with her at the Dollar Store, Walmart – nowhere fancy, but it was time together – time to talk.

And after talking, there was always time for prayer. One night when we were talking about something that was bothering me she said – just say a prayer and ask God to “stay with me, guide me and give me peace. Help me help myself and help others – every day.” I keep this on a notecard by my desk at home. I say it often and it brings me comfort.

Although she is no longer with us here on earth, she will always be in our hearts, memories and with us in spirit.
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