Catherine C. (Kay Gavaler) Lieb

Date of Death: 4/21/2018

Catherine C. (Kay Gavaler) Lieb, 95, of Carrolltown, passed away at her home on April 21, 2018. She was born on November 15, 1922, in Carrolltown, the daughter of Stephen and Susan (Racek) Gavaler.  Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul A. Lieb, son Jerry Lieb, daughter-in-law Coleen (Selby) Lieb, brother Stephen Gavaler Jr., and sister Mary Gavaler. She is survived by children Claire (Gary) Domino, Steve (Mary Myers) Lieb, Susie (Jeff) Phillips, Cathy (Jim) Cavallo, Rose (Bob) Hartman and Paul J. Lieb, by her brothers Fr. Campion Gavaler, OSB and John (Margaret Dahlgren) Gavaler, and sister Ann Gavaler.  Catherine is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Catherine studied nursing and received her RN license from Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh. She initially worked at Miners Hospital in Spangler but put her career on hold to raise her children. Upon returning to work, she served as a school nurse and then went on to work with mentally and physically challenged individuals at the Ebensburg Center.  Catherine was a talented seamstress and made many clothes for her children, including wedding dresses and prom gowns. She quilted, crocheted, and knitted. She also baked, canned, and enjoyed cooking for and entertaining guests in her home. Catherine was a lifelong member of the Altar Rosary Society; she helped decorate the church on holidays, laundered altar linens, and assisted in making pies and nut rolls for the various bake sales.  She also volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store during her retirement. Catherine was well known for being an avid reader, as well as for completing the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles, which she continued to do even after losing her eyesight by having her children read the clues to her.  She was an excellent bridge player and belonged to the bridge club in Carrolltown for many years. She excelled at Scrabble and enjoyed playing Words With Friends with many of her grandchildren using her iPad. Although Catherine had been failing physically during the last few years, she maintained her sharp mind and quick wit, making it a pleasure and privilege to spend time with her. Her ongoing health issues allowed her children to provide to her the unconditional love that she had so freely showered upon them throughout their lives. Catherine is a member of Saint Benedict Catholic Church in Carrolltown. Friends will be received from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, April 29th at Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 146 N. Main St., Carrolltown , where a vigil will be held. Additional visitation will be held on Monday, April 30th, from 9:00 AM up to the 10:00 AM funeral mass at Saint Benedict's Catholic Church, Carrolltown by Fr. Jude W Brady, OSB, Fr. Campion Gavaler, OSB, and Fr. Benedict Mary Lieb, FHS.  Committal will be held at the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Benedict Church or School.


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