Catherine M. Sparpana
June 30, 1933 — Jan. 6, 2015
Catherine M. Sparpana, 81, of Escanaba, Mich., formerly of Iron Mountain, Mich.,
passed away Thursday, January 6, 2015, at her home. She was born June
30, 1933, in Waukesha, daughter of the late Fred and Margaret (Esser)
Catherine graduated from Waukesha Public High School. She worked at the Veterans
Hospital in Waukesha and Waukesha Memorial Hospital in the medical records
department. Catherine married Elmer “Jake” Sparpana on February 16, 1963,
and he preceded her in death on August 6, 2001. They moved from Waukesha to Iron
Mountain in 1976. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church,
Iron Mountain. Since 2009, Catherine resided in Escanaba at Willow Creek
She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed NASCAR racing.
She is survived by two sisters, Rita Hendrickson of Muskego and Sr. Greta Peter
of Manitowoc; one step-daughter, Jean (Steve) Scherkenbach of Dousman; and many
nieces and nephews.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January, 12, at 10:00 a.m. at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Iron Mountain. Fr. Paul Nomellini will
officiate. Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.
Memorials can be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in her
You may light a candle in remembrance of Catherine, or leave a condolence for
her family online at www.JacobsFuneral-Homes.com.
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain, 906-774-6166, to
honor Catherine’s legacy of life.