Catherine Downing

May 9, 1914 - June 29, 2012

Catherine "Kitty" (nee Torhorst) Downing passed from this life to her heavenly home from the same home (3708 Summit Ave., Waukesha) she entered life 98 years earlier.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Fred and Ruth; husband, Dale, and son, Dick. She will be missed by her children Mary Ann, Dan (Audrey), Tim, Todd (Rebecca), Bill (Arlys), and Jim (Teri); nine grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was a lifelong resident of Waukesha, graduating in 1932 from Waukesha High School and then from Carroll College in 1937, with an education major in mathematics.

Her passion in life was to serve others, especially children. Catherine did this as a devoted mother to her children, overseeing the church nursery for over 40 years, as a 4-H leader and by sponsoring numerous children through Compassion International and World Vision.

A celebration of Kitty’s life will be held at Waukesha Bible Church, located at S53-W24079 Glendale Road, Waukesha, on Monday, July 9. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m, with a memorial service following at 7 p.m.

The family would like to thank Arbor View Assisted Living, Compassionate Care Hospice, and Comfort Keepers for their loving care of Kitty. Their service to this servant was overwhelming.

If you would like to share in Kitty’s passion for children, memorial donations can be made at www.compassion.com.