MOLINE — Cathy A. Spitzfaden, 57, of Moline died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., following a monthlong battle with pancreatitis and severe complications. Celebration of Life services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa St., Davenport. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Erie Cemetery, Erie, Ill. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport. Her family encourages that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in Cathy’s memory to First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, the Quad-City Symphony or the Moline High School National Honor Society Foundation. Gibson-Bode Funeral Home in Erie is responsible for arrangements.
Cathy was born on March 16, 1956, in Morrison, Ill., to Leland and Dolores (Kellogg) Wolf. She graduated from Erie High School in 1974, and from Western Illinois University in 1979. Cathy married Tom Spitzfaden on April 28, 1984, at First Congregational Church in Moline. Although Cathy worked first as a paralegal and then in a variety of positions in the Moline School District, her primary responsibility and main joy was creating a loving home with her husband and raising their three wonderful children, Karen, Kim and David.
Always an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer, Cathy was committed to supporting her children’s activities; she chaired a countless number of parent organizations and committees and never missed a concert, performance or game. Cathy loved music; she learned to play the piano and organ when she was young and later helped her children learn to play a variety of musical instruments. Cathy played in several bell choirs, most recently in the Vesper Bell Choir at First Presbyterian Church. She also enjoyed sewing, other crafts, reading, and traveling to see her children. Most importantly, Cathy was an outstanding cook and loved to host gatherings of friends and family, especially at the family’s lake home in Wisconsin. In all these endeavors, she worked tirelessly with unending cheerfulness and kindness to enhance her communities’ well-being. To that end, she volunteered for the Quad-City Symphony and in Moline elementary schools, and, with Tom, taught Confirmation and Sunday school classes for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Tom of Moline; daughters, Karen Spitzfaden (Paul Hammond) and Kim Spitzfaden of Minneapolis; son, David Spitzfaden of Appleton, Wis.; brother, Allan (Cindy) Wolf of Geneseo; sister, Connie (Mark) Binder of Blue Grass; sister-in-law, Missy Wolf of Erie; brother-in-law, Bob Spitzfaden (Toma Alario) of Juneau, Alaska; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Mike Wolf; and father-in-law, Stewart Spitzfaden. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com.