Catherine "Katie/Katzy" Spaeth-Troxell passed away on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 in the loving arms of her daughter, Barb, after a short illness.
Catherine was born Dec. 8, 1919 in Leadville, Colo. Her mother, Catherine, and her twin brother died during childbirth.
Her father, Lawrence, moved to Wisconsin with his surviving four children. Her father then died of a farm accident when Catherine was very young.
She was raised in Newburg by foster parents, Peter and Catherine Schumann, and married Eugene Spaeth (now deceased) in West Bend in 1941.
They had five children, Gene (Lori) Spaeth, Madee (Dave) Roell of West Bend, Kathy (Len) Backus of Oshkosh, John (Cheryle) Spaeth of St. Louis and Barb (Bill) Byrne of Madison.
She also has 12 grandchildren, Chris Backus, Andy (Asia) Backus, Barbara (Aaron) Jahncke, Lance (Jenny) Roell, Missy (Mike) Pfeifer, Patrick (Sharon) Spaeth, Matt (Sally) Spaeth, Laura (Jeremy) Wolfe, Robert Spaeth, Ben Liesman, Hillary Byrne and Caitlin (Adam) Duncan; seven great grandchildren, Sara, Chad, Brianna, Molly and Megan Spaeth, Evan and Mason Roell.
Catherine married Ed Troxell (now deceased) in 1986 in Oshkosh.
She is also survived by one sister, Ann (Ralph) Mann of Campbellsport.
Katie lived life to the fullest. She loved to be around people singing, dancing, playing cards, shopping, rolling dice, playing bingo, gambling, golfing, bowling and watching her favorite Brewers and Packers.
She worked hard all her life, but knew how to kick up her heels and have a good time, too.
When she moved to Carmel Residence Community of Osh-kosh, Katie embraced everything that a retirement home had to offer, including volunteering in the Bethel Home Gift Shop where she was chosen "Volunteer of the Year."
She wanted to be remembered as "an exceptional woman." She will always be remembered by those whose lives she touched in some way.
Visitation for Katie will be in the chapel at Bethel Home on Wednesday, Aug. 23, beginning at 1 p.m., with a Catholic Mass at 2 p.m., with Father Thomas Reyne-beau officiating.
A reception will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Bethel Home of Oshkosh, and Capital Candlelighters of the University of Wisconsin-Children’s Cancer Center, 517 N. Segoe Road, P.O. Box 258133, Madison, WI. 53725.
The Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home, Oshkosh, is assisting the family.
Katie’s family would like to thank Dr Kaci Osenga of UW- Madison Children’s Hospital, and Ellen and Irene of Oshkosh Affinity Hospice for their support and guidance to help keep Katie in her home as long as possible.