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St. Patrick Church
Friday December 29th, 2017
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Catherine M. Mechler

Catherine M. Mechler, nee Hess, 84, of Waterloo, IL, died December 23, 2017, in Waterloo, IL. She was born March 4, 1933, in Ruma, IL.

Catherine loved to go dancing , especially at the senior dances in the area on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She also collected some 500 teapots. One of her favorite things to do was make apple butter for family and friends for the holidays. Her most precious moments were those spent with her family. She loved life, her family, and her friends and will be truly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents Nicholas F. & Elizabeth A. (nee Schilling) Hess; her husband Donald L. Mechler who she married on October 3, 1953 and died June 8, 2004; a granddaughter Corley Ann Clark; two brothers Joseph Hess and Charles Hess; four sisters Sister M. Charlette Hess P.H.J.C; Mary Kurtz, Martha Hess and Betty Hess who died in infancy; two sisters-in-law Ann Hess and Monica Hess.

Surviving are three sons Kevin Mechler, Keith (Carol) Mechler, Dr. Kurt (Susan) Mechler; one daughter Dr. Karen (Dr. Carey III) Clark; two sisters Mary (Don) Rice; Alice (Ray) Benner; one brother-in-law Herman Kurtz; seven grandchildren Mason & Dane Mechler, Katie & Nick Mechler, Carey IV, Cameron and Caitlyn Grace Clark; one step-granddaughter Carrie (Matt) Hilling, one step great-granddaughter Megan Hensiek, one step great-grandson Daniel Hilling; dear friend Raymond Mavers; nephews; nieces; great-nephew; great-nieces; great great-nephew; great great-nieces; cousins; and many friends.

Catherine was a member of SS Peter & Paul Church - Waterloo

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
SS Peter & Paul Maintenance Projects
or Heartland Hospice

4 PM to 8 PM Friday, December 29, 2017 at Quernheim Funeral Home
8 AM until 9:30 AM Saturday Quernheim Funeral Home

Funeral Mass:
10 AM Saturday, December 30, 2017 at SS Peter & Paul Church in Waterloo, IL
Msgr. Carl Scherrer & Father Von Deeke co-celebrating
Interment at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery in Waterloo, IL

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I am sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom prepared the best Sunday afternoon dinners-she made everyone feel welcome. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Carol, Chris and Jack Basler

Carol Otwell Basler Dec 31 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Cathy's passing. I only heard great stories and about fun times from my mom and dad (Ralph and Mary Weilbacher). Hopefully they are all hanging out in Heaven having more good times! I am sure you will miss her dearly, Good people, good memories. God Bless your family.

Cindy Lou Anderson (Weilbacher) Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

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A BASKET GARDEN was sent by Natalie Shasteen, Angela Povolish, and Brian Smith on December 29, 2017

Expression of Sympathy Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

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A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by The Rufhs on December 29, 2017

Expression of Sympathy Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Catherine Mechler

Dan & Ellie Belinski Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few months ago. We have been praying for her for a long time. Love to you all.

Purple Paula and Ida Dec 27 2017 12:00 AM

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A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent on December 27, 2017

When we lose a loved one here on earth we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May we take comfort in knowing that we have an angel to watch over us now. We extend our most sincere condolences . Love, Betty and Everett Gandee

Expression of Sympathy Dec 27 2017 12:00 AM

I am truly saddened of the loss of this beautiful woman. She had a huge heart and my 3 daughters grew up with Cathy being more like their grandma. She birthdays cakes she would bake them, Christmas gifts and handmade ornaments are treasured to this day. Cathy was an amazing woman. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Our deepest sympathies to her 4 children who she adored and to the many grandchildren and to her dear friend Ray I am truly sorry.

Shelley Goodman Dec 27 2017 12:00 AM

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A MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was ordered on December 26, 2017

Expression of Sympathy Dec 26 2017 12:00 AM

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A SENTIMENTAL THOUGHTS was sent on December 26, 2017

With heartfelt sympathy, Buddy Clark

Expression of Sympathy Dec 26 2017 12:00 AM

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