Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Catherine A. (Schoene) Jordan

Catherine Ann (nee: Schoene) Jordan, 87, received her angel wings dying gently and peacefully at her home in Racine on Wednesday morning, June 1, 2011. Catherine was born February 7, 1924, to her parents, Emil and Peggy Schoene. She grew up in Racine and attended St. Rose School and St. Catherine’s High School (class of “1942”). She was an active member of St. Rose Parish, and most recently a member of St. Patrick Parish.

Catherine raised two daughters, Susie and Peggy, and worked hard to support her family. For several years she owned and operated the Villa Petite, a children’s clothing store, and later worked for the Red Cross Drug Store and Herslof Opticians. Her daughters and family, especially the Drummonds, Schoene’s, Jamieson’s, Collins’ and Eugster’s were the joy of her life.

Catherine fell in love and married the late Bruno Jordan of Hartford, Wisconsin, in 1974. She lived happily with Bruno in Hartford until his passing in 2003. Catherine made many new friends in Hartford and the town of Erin as she supported her husband Bruno in his construction business and in his work with the First National Bank of Hartford. After Bruno died, Catherine returned to live in Racine in 2003.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bruno; and her brother, Tom Schoene. She is survived by her sister, Jacqueline (late husband Bill) Drummond; brother, Mick (Eileen) Schoene; sister-in-law and friend, Ruth Schoene; and dear lifelong friend and cousin, Jeannie Driver. She is also survived by her daughters, Susie (Sam) Romano and Peggy (Jack) Jude; as well as step-daughter Gail Jordan of Florida. Catherine loved her grandchildren, Jordan, Tal, Meghan, Caitlin, Michael, Mike, Patrick and Margaret; her 14 great grand-children and numerous nephews and nieces. Catherine would delight in hearing and telling special stories about everyone in the family, especially its youngest members.

Catherine was known by many for her easy manner, her graciousness and kind spirit. She had a unique ability and gift to put strangers at ease with her warm smile and positive words of encouragement.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. until time of the Memorial Mass at noon at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1100 Erie St. Private interment will be held.

Special thanks to Dr. John Lopez, Dr. Michael Mullane, Dr. Melinda Knight, Catherine’s live-in caregiver Tuul, and Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

Catherine will be missed, but she will remain with us in our hearts where she will continue to make us all feel special and important, as only she could do.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Catherine’s High School, St. Patrick’s Church, or John The 23rd Education Center c/o St. Patrick’s are suggested.

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