GOSHEN - Cecelia McGregor was a judge that cared as much about the people before her as she did their case.
McGregor, 60, the former Goshen City Court judge, died Friday, Feb. 1 at home following a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis.
“She had a great deal of concern for the people that appeared in front of her, both the defendants and the victims and she did a very good job of balancing those two things,” said Goshen city attorney Larry Barkes, who was a classmate of McGregor’s at the University of Notre Dame Law School. “She had a real concern for not only the case that was in front of her, but for what the defendant was going to do long term.”
Mayor Allan Kauffman said that while their paths did not often pass because of the nature of their duties, he always heard good things about her demeanor in court.
“She did a good job as judge,” Kauffman noted. “I always heard that she was fair and even-tempered with the people that appeared in city court and as lenient as she could be under the law.”
She was born Aug. 6, 1952 in Carroll, Iowa, to Wayne L. and LuEtta (Wurr) Cashatt and married Donald R. McGregor July 27, 1974 in Eldora, Iowa.
McGregor received her bachelor of arts in 1974 from Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated in 1977 from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She passed the Bar Exam in 1978 and then served as judge of Goshen City Court from 1984 until her disease forced McGregor to leave her post in 2005.
McGregor is survived by her husband, Donald; a son, Eric Curtis McGregor, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; a sister, Margaret (Paul) Wagner, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brothers Gary Cashatt, of Eldora, Iowa and Timothy Cashatt, of the Phillipines; and parents Wayne and LuEtta Cashatt of Eldora, Iowa. She was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen W. Cashatt.
McGregor was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Goshen, where services will be held Monday, Feb. 11. Friends and family may call at 9 a.m. with the service following at 10 a.m. Father Tony Steinacker will officiate.
Memorials may be directed to the MS Society or Dismas House South Bend.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting with arrangements and online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.