unknown - December 8, 2011
Catherine Morrison Lilienthal, 54, passed away peacefully at her home Thursday morning, Dec. 8, 2011, after a courageous battle with leukemia. Catherine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter. She was born in Leominster, Massachusetts on July 2, 1957 and was raised and educated in Saco, Maine. She attended the University of Maine at Farmington prior to teaching elementary school in Rockland, Maine. After meeting her future husband and starting a family, they relocated to Baldwinsville. There, Catherine formed her own in-home day care center in 1990, allowing her to maintain her passion for childhood development, while providing a loving home life for her family.
Catherine participated in many community organizations and heavily supported the educational and recreational activities of her children. She was involved with neighborhood social groups and was a strong supporter of local cancer support charities. Catherine was a humble person, who cared deeply for her family and loved ones, including the numerous children under her care over the years. She took great joy in raising her three sons with her husband, watching them learn and grow into young adults.
Catherine is predeceased by her father, John Thomas Morrison, of Saco, Maine. She is survived by her husband, Arthur G. Lilienthal JR., of Baldwinsville; her three sons, Thomas (Nicole) of Baldwinsville, Arthur III (Kaitie) of Grand Forks, ND, and Michael, of Baldwinsville; her grandson, Jonathan; her mother, Margaret G. Morrison, of Saco, Maine; one brother, John (Sheri) Morrison; four sisters, Margaret (Mark) Baker, Lauri (Timothy)Randall, Lyn (Robert) Eaton, and Mary (Anthony) LeBlanc; and several nieces , nephews and cousins.
Catherine’s inspiration, insight, and warm heart will be missed by everyone who had the opportunity to have known her. Her spirit will live on within our hearts and minds.
Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 3494 Route 31, Baldwinsville. Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, from at the Maurer Funeral Home Moyers Corners 3541 Route 31, Baldwinsville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Maureen’s Hope Foundation 6301 Mustang Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 or to the American Cancer Society, Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge, 1120 Goodman Street South, Rochester, NY 14620.