Catherine Delores (Joyce) Orth

Catherine Delores (Joyce) Orth

January 29, 1932 – March 11, 2013


Momonly2Catherine D. Orth passed away Monday, March 11, surrounded by family.


Catherine Delores Joyce was born January 29, 1932, to Patrick Henry and Catherine C. (Finn) Joyce in South Wilmington, Illinois.  She grew up on the family farm there with her siblings Mary Joyce (deceased), Helen Koerner (deceased), Rita Farina (of Michigan), Michael “Plow” Joyce (of Illinois), and Therese Phipps (of Washington).  She graduated from Gardner South Wilmington High School in 1950 and cherished growing up in a small town surrounded by family and friends.  This culture strongly contributed to Cathy’s “never meeting a stranger” attitude toward meeting new people.


Cathy met John C. Orth and they wed on December 26, 1955.  They had five children: Mary Joyce Moss (Richmond, VA), Kathleen Church (Mukilteo, WA), Margie Olsoy (Mukilteo, WA), Patty Stoddard (Mill Creek, WA), and Jim Orth (McMinnville, OR) raising them in Seattle, WA, Milwaukee, WI, Boston, MA, Alexandria, VA, and Butte, MT.


Cathy was delighted with the arrival of each of 15 grandchildren: Jennifer Houle, Jeffrey Moss, Jimmy Church, Christopher Church, Paul Church, Julia Church, Jonathan Church, Erik Olsoy, Karen Olsoy, Carl Stoddard, Katie Stoddard, Sam Stoddard, Sophia Stoddard, Bobby Orth, and Emma Orth – “each of them the best grandchild”.


Cathy enjoyed working in the Registrar’s Office at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana and later in various roles for the Eddie Bauer Corporation in the Seattle area.  Her greatest joys included family gatherings of any sort; preparing and offering mass quantities of food to one and all; reading, listening, and chatting about politics and news; tending to and directing John in looking after every plant in their yard; playing any game, particularly card games; each and every one of her children and grandchildren; and meeting new people.


Cathy is well remembered as an avid cookie baker.  Please honor her and her family by baking and sharing any cookies or try this favorite recipe below.


Giant Ginger Cookies

4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups shortening (not butter or margarine)

2 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs

½ cup molasses

¾ cup coarse or granulated sugar


In a medium mixing bowl stir together the flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat shortening until softened.  Gradually add the 2 cups granulated sugar; beat until fluffy.  Add eggs and molasses; beat until combined.  Add half of flour mixture; beat until combined.Stir remaining flour in with a wooden spoon.

Using a ¼-cup ice cream scoop, shape dough into 2-inch balls.  Roll in the coarse or granulated sugar.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 ½ inches apart.

Bake in a 350° oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are light brown and puffed (do not overbake or cookies will not be chewy).  Let stand for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.  Cool.  Makes 25 four-inch cookies.



Cathy’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service at 11:00 am on Friday, March 22 at St. John Vianney Church, 12600 84th Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034.  Remembrances or donations in Cathy’s name may be directed to Operation Sack Lunch at or to charity of your choice.

9 Responses to “Catherine Delores (Joyce) Orth”

  • Joe Fleming says:

    On behalf of all the Flemings (Bob, John, Sheila, and Terry-deceased) we want John and his children that Cathy is being remembered in Iowa, Florida, and Illinois in all of our thoughts and prayers.

    Please be sure that Mary Orth behaves herself upon her arrival.

    Joe Fleming

  • Bill & Mary Phipps says:

    Uncle John and family of Catherine,

    Aunt Catherine, we miss you so much. Your bright and happy smile always filled our hearts with warmth and joy.

    We are thankful that you are free of any pain and suffering. You are with us always.

    Rest in Peace, Aunt Catherine

    Thank you for all of your gifts of joy and beauty.

    Love Always. Condolences to John and family.

    Bill and Mary

  • Ann Sale says:

    Of course we remember Cathy – she was unforgettable. We remember your beautiful, vivacious children too. We’re so sorry you couldn’t have such a lovely part of your life for a longer time. Our hearts are with you now and we would love to see you again. Dick and Ann

  • Bonnie Landen says:

    We were saddened by the passing of your Mother. Her spirit will live in our hearts and everyone who knew her.

    Bonnie & Bob

  • alice Klein says:

    I did not know her but wish I had!!! I am friends with her daughter Mary. So sorry for your loss as a family

  • Cheri Hardaway says:

    Dear Mary and family,

    Having lost my own mom to cancer in 2000, after a stint on hospice care, I know the simultaneous joy and sorrow that accompanies the loss of one we love after seeing them suffer through an extended illness. It is such a joy to know that they are now with Jesus, but it leaves a giant hole in our hearts.

    Keeping you in prayer and before His throne.

    God bless you,

  • Ed Starkovich says:

    John and Family,

    My sincere condolences to all of you. Cathy was a kind and gracious lady. When I first came to work at Ft. Belvoir in 1967 she treated me like family inviting me to dinner and helping me adjust to a new situation. I will never forget how much that helped me. Pax vobiscum.

  • Chuck Nelson says:

    Cathy and I worked together at Montana Tech. I will
    always remember her whit, intelligence, and real charm
    She certainly didn’t suffer fools gladly. We had difficult times in our work but always seemed to find a reason to laugh and cry our way through it all. I haven’t had contact with Cathy since she left Butte, but have had many fond thoughts of her through the years. I am sure she is smiling on us now and giving us that all knowing look with those big eyes.
    I am proud to have known her

  • Marianne Kadillak Timmons says:

    So sorry to hear about your mom. I remember many fun times at your house during high school. Your mom always was always so funny with that dry sense of humor…fit right into Butte!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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