DELAVAN – Catherine Ann Kocs, age 84, of Delavan passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Oak Park Place in Madison, where she was being lovingly cared for by her 12 children and her sister. Catherine was born in Fond du Lac on March 18, 1932 to Arthur and Margaret (Roble) Sullivan, and married Eugene Kocs on July 17, 1954. During the early years of her marriage, she hand-colored black and white photographs for a local photographer. She continued to explore her artistic talent throughout her life in drawings and paintings. She worked for many years at the Aram Public Library in Delavan and was an active member of St. Andrew’s parish, serving on the Parish Council, Bereavement Committee, and as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, delivering Holy Communion to nursing home residents.
Catherine was a kind, loving person who raised her large family with courage and high expectations, all while caring for her husband, who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for most of their married life. Catherine will be remembered by her family and her many friends for her strong faith, her eagerness to be of service to others, and her ready smile.
Catherine is survived by nine daughters, Katherine (Lance Quale) Kocs of Madison, Nancy (Martin) Kennedy of Nashville, TN,, Constance Kocs of Los Angeles, CA, Lisa (Mark) Cancelmo of Phoenixville, PA, Lora (Robert) Frey of Madison, Carol Frances Anderson of Madison, Amy Collins of Madison, Jennifer (Brian) Erickson of Plymouth, MN, and Teressa (Don Iwen) Kocs of Shorewood; three sons, Stephen Kocs of Worcester, MA, Andrew (Dianne) Kocs of Layton, UT, and Ernest (Elettra Salice) Kocs of Treviso, Italy; 25 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; a sister, Gen Sullivan; four brothers, Ray (Peggy) Sullivan, Dave (Pat) Sullivan, Jack (Judy) Sullivan, and Frank Sullivan; a sister-in-law, Mary; and many nieces and nephews.
Catherine is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene, who passed away on May 6, 1996; three sisters, Marge Thurman, Dorothy Prochnow, and Helen Shank; a brother, Tom Sullivan; sisters-in-law, Mary Sullivan, Katie Sullivan, and Elaine Sullivan; and brothers-in-law, Jack Thurman, Butch Prochnow, and Jerry Shank.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on MONDAY, January 23, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 714 E. Walworth Avenue in Delavan. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. on SATURDAY, January 21, 2017 at Monroe Funeral Home, 604 E. Walworth Avenue in Delavan and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service on MONDAY at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Delavan, or memorial Masses said in Catherine’s name.