Catherine L. Metz

Catherine L. Metz, 72, of Port Washington died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital-Ozaukee Campus in Mequon.

She was born June 9, 1937, in Merton to Leo and Bertilla Whelan Whipp.

She graduated from Hartford High School and worked as a receptionist for Nathan Grossmann, MD, in Milwaukee. On Sept. 9, 1961, she married Frank M. Metz of Port Washington at St. Johnís Church in Monches.

After her marriage, Cathy was an active and busy homemaker raising her five children and was a great cook. She had a creative eye and was artistic, making crafts, sewing and altering clothes for many. She was a past member of the Port Washington Junior Womens Club and was active with St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church and their Christian Women and Friendship Club. She also volunteered for the St. Benís Meal Program in Milwaukee and appreciated her Celtic heritage.

She is survived by husband, Frank Metz; and children, Michael (Susan) Metz of Platteville, Karen (Mark) Levesque of Sun Prairie, Steven (Darlene) Metz of the town of Erin, Janet (Trevor) Wheeler of Sheboygan and Peter (Natalie) Metz of Germantown. Further survived by grandchildren, Noah, Emily, Bridget and Elizabeth "Ella"; sisters, Mary Ann (the late James) Felix of the town Of Erin, Barbara Granzow of Oshkosh; sister-in-law, Marion (Gilbert) Gultch of Waterford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceded by her parents; sister, Eileen Kaminski; and mother-in-law, Marie Metz.

The Rev. Patrick Wendt will celebrate Mass of Christian Burial 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church, 1800 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the church. Interment will be at parish cemetery. Memorials to the Pregnancy Help Center of Milwaukee or Port Catholic School appreciated.

Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, assisting the family 284-4431,