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Catherine Alice Rattigan



The family wishes to announce the passing of our dear sister, aunt, great aunt and great great aunt in her 98th year on January 18, 2015 with family members at her bedside at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. 

Born to William and Queenie Rattigan on October 17, 1916 in Sleeman, Ontario, she was the eldest of eleven children. Being the eldest of such a large family she had the responsibility of looking after her younger siblings. 

Although her various forms of employment took her to other cities, she was always available to return home or to help out with the raising of her siblings’ children.  She worked during the Second World War with two of her sisters in Ottawa for the Canadian Government of which she was very proud.  She also called home to St. Catharines, Winnipeg and finally Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay).  

Kay, as we all knew her by, enjoyed nature’s bounty, walking, reading and music but her greatest pleasures were being with her many nieces and nephews and family.  Her generous and loving nature knew no boundary and was amply reciprocated by her family’s love for her.

She was very active and independent until a broken hip forced her to a nursing home, then a walker and finally a wheel chair.  Until recently Kay was able to enjoy and participate in family gatherings and celebrations but later wasn’t able to make the trips to those locations due to physical restrictions but welcomed those who visited her at Dawson Court with much appreciation. 

Kay was a member of the C.W.L at St. Andrew’s Parish and became a life member at 90 years of age.

She was predeceased by her parents William and Queenie Rattigan, brothers Wilfred Rattigan, William (Bill) Rattigan and Charles (Bud) Rattigan, sisters Gladys Carey and Mary O’Callaghan.

Catherine is survived by her brothers John (Jack) Rattigan and Eugene Rattigan, sisters Claire Eno, Bernice (Bunny) Olinyk and Eunice Hayes, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Her final wishes were to be cremated and interred in the family plot in Rainy River.

The family wishes to sincerely thank Dawson Court’s skilled and compassionate staff for the care afforded to her, to the Palliative Care Unit at the Regional Hospital , in particular Dr. Sweet, Amy, Joanne and the many professional and compassionate nurses that cared for her frail body to the end.

The Funeral Mass will be in Our Lady Of Loretto R.C. Church on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. celebrated by  Rev. Terry Sawchuk and interment will be a private affair in Rainy River at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to Sargent & Son Funeral Directors, 21 North Court Street.

In lieu of flowers donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.  On-line condolences may be made at:



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