susie p. catto
April 9, 1926 - April 26, 2013
SOUTH BEND — Susie P. Catto, 87, of South Bend and formerly Edwardsburg, Mich., died Friday, April 26, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Susie was born April 9, 1926, in South Bend to Theodore and Sarah Pearl (Miller) Woltmann.
She grew up in South Bend and graduated from Central High School.
Susie had a “flair” for being self-employed and helping herself. She bought flowers and made corsages in Notre Dame colors and sold them at ND Stadium before games. She worked in area shoe stores due to her love of style; she loved shoes and to dress up and be pretty. She was a waitress at several South Bend restaurants, and was a hostess. She loved being with people.
Susie met the love of her life, Attilio “Andy” Catto and married him April 7, 1945, in South Bend. He died in 2004.
Her children, Jean Marie (William) Sonday and Susan Ruth (Bradley) Schreiber; grandchildren Mary, Laura and Josh; sister Arietta Wade; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews survive.
She was preceded in death by her son,
Paul Catto, who died June 18, 1969, from an auto accident and siblings Ruth Rinker in 2010 and Leroy and Ed Johnston.
Susie went back to school at age 40, to Southwestern Michigan College and earned an associate degree. She earned a scholarship to Western Michigan University, where she earned a bachelor of science in education, majoring in English and history. She worked for Decatur (Mich.) High School, all of her teaching career. She sponsored high school trips to Europe with students and adults to study different cultures. She was active in Edwardsburg as a former member of Delta Theta Chi Sorority. She and her husband moved to Edwardsburg from South Bend in 1960, to Decatur in 1980 and back to South Bend in 1987.
Visitation will be for an hour and a half prior to the 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, service of remembrance at Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 W. Main St., Edwardsburg. Burial will follow in Edwardsburg Cemetery, where she will be buried between her husband, Andy, and son Paul.
Memorial donations may be given to the choice of the donor.