Catherine Race

Catherine Ann Race of Cedar Grove passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 17, 2022, at the Aurora Medical Center in Sheboygan. She was 74 years old.

Cathy was born on Dec. 1, 1947, in Port Washington, the daughter of Archibald and Helen (nee Schmitz) Thomes.

She attended local schools and graduated from Port Washington High School.

  Shortly after graduation, she met Roger Race, and they married on Nov. 5, 1966, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Lake Church, in Belgium, Wis.

After a short time in Milwaukee, they settled in Cedarburg and started their family. They moved to Grafton in 1976 and then to Cedar Grove in 2020.

The two things Cathy was most proud of were her family — particularly her 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild — and obtaining her college degree.

You only asked her about “the grandkids” if you had at least an hour to spare because, boy, she would tell you about them! And, unsurprisingly, Cathy’s biggest hobby was attending anything and everything her grandchildren were involved in. Be it school programs, band concerts, soccer, baseball, cross-country, football or softball, she happily spent countless hours sitting on bleachers and in auditoriums watching her grandchildren.

Cathy received her bachelor of arts degree in marketing from Cardinal Stritch University when she was 52, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

  Cathy is survived by her husband Roger; sons Thomas (Amanda Oszuscik) and Jon (Kelly Berres); daughter-in-law Paula Race-Mantel (Dean Mantel); grandchildren Kelsey (Noah Wilterdink), Tanner, Mandilynn (fiance Joey Oelhafen), Maxwell (fiance Maren Horner), Luke (Emily Jones), Cody, Makenna (fiance Jack Samse), Nolan, Addison, Owen, Seth and Jacob; and great-grandchild Everly.

She is further survived by brothers Robert and Jim (Alice Neuenfeldt) Thomes, sister Karen (Alan) Clark, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, brother John, son Charles and grandchild Chase.

  A Mass of Christian burial for Cathy will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Divine Savior Catholic Parish, Holy Cross Chapel, 5330 County Hwy. B, Belgium, Wis. Father Don Thimm will officiate. The family will receive visitors at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service at 11:30 a.m.

Cathy will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Lake Church.

Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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