Catherine M. Gilbert, 75, of Sparta, died Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at her home. She was born June 29, 1945, to James and Catherine (Williams) Gilbert in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated high school in Philadelphia.
Catherine joined the Navy after high school and stationed on the Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago. She worked in recruitment. While in the service, she married Patrick Ferguson Sr. They had two children. They later divorced.
Catherine went to Viterbo and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. She worked in different nursing positions in the area and gained vast experience in various areas of nursing. She retired in 2005. Catherine enjoyed traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, and watching her TV shows. She was a member of the American Legion of Onalaska, WI. She moved to Sparta in 2007.
She is survived by her children, Cathy (Jeff) Hilby of New Richmond, WI and their children, Jacob and Andrew, Pat (Loretta) Ferguson of Sparta and their children Shianne, Sean, Karilynne, and Piper; great grandchildren, Eli and Aaliyah; siblings, MaryAnn (Tom) Worrell from Pottstown, PA, Charles Gilbert of Philadelphia, PA; best friend, Mary Erdman of Sparta; and many relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Catherine Gilbert; siblings, Jimmy, George, Gene, and Robert Gilbert, and Helen Johnson.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021 at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, with Deacon Bob Zietlow officiating. Military honors, provided by VFW Post 2112 and American Legion Post100, will follow in the funeral home parking lot.
Family and friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the funeral home.
The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
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