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NAME/ AGE Catherine A. Hawks, age 89, of Geneva, passed away March 11, 2005 at Provena Geneva Care Center, Geneva. BORN She was born June 5, 1915 on the Holter family farm near Batavia, the daughter of George and Mary Holter. CHILDHOOD She grew up in Batavia where she met the man she knew she would marry when they were just children in a one room school house. Catherine graduated from Batavia High School with the class of 1934. Catherine had lost her mother when she was a child and shortly after graduation began caring for her ailing father.MARRIED On June 12, 1937 she married William Hawks and they began a life of farming together on the Holter family farm which would later become Fermi Lab. EMPLOYMENT After raising her four children, she took a job at the Mill Race Inn in Geneva where she became the kind of waitress called upon to serve not only generations of families, but also visiting celebrities as well. MEMBERSHIP She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church where she and Bill were the first to be married by Monsignor Donovan when he first came to Batavia. In later years they became a member of St. Gall Church in Elburn. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughter for over fifty years. LIFE NOTES Catherine was larger than life and she dedicated herself to everything she did. Her faith and devotion to the church saw her through a life time of triumphs and tragedies. When she wasn’t praying she was reading a cook book and enjoyed a large and varied Hummel collection. She loved to wear hats and never met a suit or a pair of shoes she didn’t like. Above all, it was her family that was most important and when asked to what she attributed her longevity, she would simply reply, "We had a good time." SURVIVORS She now leaves four children:Richard (Arlene) Hawks of Aurora, IL, Rita Marmo of Plainfield, IL, Denny (Ande) Hawks of Elburn, And Mary (Rich) Wheeler of Elburn;Ten grandchildren:Victor Hawks of New York, NY, Janet Marmo of Naperville, IL,Jeff (Jill) Marmo and their children Jake and Cammie of Plainfield, IL,Joel (Dawn) Marmo and their daughter Isabella of Yorkville, ILClint (Carrie) Hawks and their son Brady of Laingsburg, MI, Jaysen (Brianne) Hawks of Duarte, CACharity Assel of Gilberts, IL, Chuck (Natalie) Assel of Elburn, ILCliff Assel of Elburn, IL And Katie Wheeler of Elburn, IL;One sister Marge Roesler of FL Many nieces and nephews and great family of friends. PRECEDED She now joins her husband, one sister Evelyn Kramer, and one son-in-law, Ray Marmo who preceded her in death. MEMORIALS Memorials may be made in her name and mailed to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119
VISITATION Friends may call at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, from 5-8 p.m., with a wake service to be held at 8 p.m., on Tuesday, March 15, 2005.SERVICES A mass to celebrate her life will be held at The Church of St. Gall, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2005. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate.
Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Batavia.