Catherine Marie "Kate" (Starwalt) Rich

Born: Sun., Sep. 12, 1926
Died: Thu., Jan. 8, 2015


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Catherine Marie “Kate” Rich, 88, Robinson, died Thursday, January 8, 2015, at the Magnolia Center at Crawford Memorial Hospital. Catherine Marie Starwalt was born September 12, 1926, in Browns, Illinois, to Ferma Starwalt and Marie Catherine Mercer Starwalt. They moved to Robinson when Catherine was just six months old. She was the eldest of four daughters. She was a graduate of Robinson High School Class of ’44.

On January 4, 1946, Catherine married John D. (Jack) Rich who predeceased her in August, 2002. Together they had four children who survive: Deborah Ann Ritch of Robinson; Pamela Kay Toliver and husband John “Dick” of Many, Louisiana; John D., Jr. and wife Sookie of Hanover, Maryland; and Rebecca Rae Rich of Santa Clarita, California.

For many years, Catherine was active in Eastern Star, Women of the Elks, the Oak Glenettes, was an avid golfer, and a charter member of Oak Glen Golf Course. Though she was primarily a homemaker, she worked as a salesclerk at P.N. Hirsch, as an assembler for Robinson Transformer, and was a line worker at Robinson Manufacturing (Ettlebrick Shoe Factory) in Robinson. She was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church.

In addition to her children, she is also survived by six grand-children and eight great-grandchildren: Lori Toliver and son Jack, San Diego, CA; Wynne Ritch II and son Harper, Fort Worth, TX; Amber Ritch and son Austin Vincenti, Cypress, CA; Susan Rich Westphal (Aaron) and son Avery, Boone, NC; David Toliver (Jessica) and children Cole and Kira, Herndon, VA; and Brian Rich (Irina) and daughters Isabella Marie and Julianna Catherine, Glen Burnie, MD. She is also survived by two sisters: Judy Hardesty, Palestine, and Deanna Duncan (Bob), Noblesville, IN, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Virginia Hayden, her brothers-in-law Raymond Hardesty, Gene Hayden, and Norman Rich, and her sister-in-law Carol Rich.

Funeral service will be Tuesday January 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL, with Rev. Jay Regennitter officiating.  Visitation will be Tuesday January 13, 2015 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Palestine, IL.

Memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund, First United Methodist Church, Robinson, IL, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Cathie Moore Bailey and Margie Moore McNamara
   Posted Fri January 09, 2015
Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your mom. May God be with you and your family during your time of grief, and may you have wonderful memories of your life with your mom. Prayers for you and your family.

Linda Myers
   Posted Fri January 09, 2015
Pam and John,
My heart is heavy for you both. One thing for sure, they sure broke the mold when they made her. I so enjoyed spending time with her and hearing all her stories about you guys!! What a gal! Thinking of you, Linda

Gina Phillippe wilson
   Posted Sun January 11, 2015
I am sorry to hear about Kate. She was a very great lady. I know you will all miss her very much.

Christian and Matthew Caceres
   Posted Mon January 12, 2015
Dear Aunt Catherine,
We love you very much and we appreciated all of the wonderful holiday cards you'd always send us. We loved visiting you on Thanksgiving you and watching the games all day and cheering at the TV. To her family, we are dearly sorry for your loss and will have you and Aunt Catherine in our hearts forever.
Christian and Mathew Caceres

Brenda Fouty
   Posted Tue January 13, 2015
So sorry not to be able to attend and pay my respects to Kate and all the family. My dad, Max Wait, will miss her shaking her finger at him and trying to keep him in line. Thinking of you all today, and my prayers for peace are with you.

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