Catherine K. Wilkins nee Leonard, 82; loving mother of Mary; fond Nan of Billy (Nicky) and Joey (Nicole); adored Nanny of Andrew, Olivia, Rocco and Gianna; beloved daughter to the late Catherine nee Heffernan and John Leonard; dearest sister of the late Margaret (late Ralph) Barone, Denis (Bridget), the late Michael (late Geraldine), the late Mary (late Michael) O’Neill, Julia (late Tom) Walsh and the late Ellen O’ Connor; fondest of Aunts to many nieces and nephews.Cathy was born and raised on a farm in Co. Limerick, Ireland. She worked hard night and day on the family farm, which paved the way for the hardworking woman she turned out to be her whole life. She came to the USA when she was 17 years old. Shortly afterwards she started her career at Mars Candy Company. She was very proud of the fact she had worked her way up to becoming a process operator (back then only men had held that position). She was fondly known as “Mama” to many of her co-workers.
Cathy loved traveling the world with her daughter and grandsons and had a special place in her heart for her childhood home in Ireland. She had a heart of gold and always thought about everyone before herself. From morning till evening she was on the go. Whether it was driving friends to appointments, pulling weeds and planting flowers at her daughter’s house, walking dogs for her neighbors, or painting her grandsons basement, she never stopped. She just loved and thrived on helping people. Cathy loved her daughter, grandsons, great-grandchildren (who brought her so much joy), family and friends with all of heart. She was one of a kind and will be missed beyond words.
Funeral Tuesday 9:30 AM from Gibbons Family Funeral Home, 5917 W. Irving Park Rd. (1/2 Block East of Austin) to St. Beatrice Church. Mass 10 AM. Interment Eden Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 3-8 PM.