Funeral services for Katherine P. Heath will be held Friday, January 27th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel. Committal will be held Friday, January 27th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Beaver Creek Cemetery. Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service will be assisting the family.
Katherine Patricia Heath, 100 of Lewistown, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012 at Valle Vista Manor of natural causes. She was born February 14, 1911 to parents Joseph and Anna (Reger) Kavanagh near Page, ND. Kate was the 8th child and 4th daughter of a family of twelve. At four days old, she was baptized by Rev. John Sullivan at St. James Catholic Church in Page. When she was very young, the family moved to Minnesota by covered wagon. They settled in Bagley, MN and later moved to Marble, a small mining town on the iron range in northern Minnesota, where her mother operated a boarding house. Kate attended grade school there, helped at the boarding house and did housekeeping and child care for several families.
On December 20, 1932, Kate was united in marriage to David S. Heath at St. Phillip’s Catholic Church in Bemidji, MN. They had five children and over the years, lived in Solway, Shevlin and Bagley, MN, Bettendorf, IA and Portland, OR. In 1957, Kate and Dave headed west, settling in Lewistown in 1961. Kate was employed at several local restaurants over the years… the Maple Leaf, Ed & Lil’s, Empire, Gem and Fergus Café and the Yogo Inn. She also operated Acme Rooms for several years.
She was a member of St. Leo’s Church, she belonged to St. Anthony’s Guild and enjoyed helping with the harvest dinners and St. Leo’s basement rummage sale for many years. Playing cards and bingo were favorite pastimes and she always had a good time with her Senior Citizen friends.
Kate lived her life for her family, enjoyed traveling to be with them or welcoming them to her home.
She is survived by her son, Bill (Bea) of Lewistown; 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 3 sons, Jack, Jim and Pat; 1 daughter, Mary; 1 grandson, Steven; 1 granddaughter, Susan and 1 great grandson, Tyler.
Friends are asked to make memorials to the Senior Citizens Club or the charity of their choice and may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.