Catherine Margaret Mosiman
February 12, 1938 - February 22, 2019
Catherine Margaret Johnson was born on February 12, 1938 in Erieville, New York, the daughter of Nina Hattie Waters and Herbert Cramer Johnson. She was one of 13 children, nine of whom survived to adulthood. Catherine attended Cazenovia Central High School in Erieville, graduating in 1956.
After graduation from high school, she went to Syracuse, NY for work, about an hour from her home town. There, she was a nanny to three children. Caregiving bookended her career, as she cared for Nellie Yoder here near Yoder, starting in 1984, for about 20 years.
In the intervening years, Catherine worked in retail, at W.T. Grant, as a window dresser, starting with designs for the Easter display one spring. She also worked in hospitality, as a waitress in a hotel in Mt. Angel, where she had moved from Nebraska with Clifford McCracken, with whom she lived for a decade following an earlier troubled marriage. Over the course of her life, Catherine had lived in New York, California, Colorado, and Nebraska, before finally settling in Oregon for the last 35 years of her life.
Late in life, she met the love of her life, Bill Mosiman, a military veteran, who had served for 15 years in Germany, and 7 years in Korea and Vietnam. They married in a private ceremony at Smyrna on Wednesday, June 11, 1997, with James Daniels as one of their witnesses. A few days later, they returned from their honeymoon and shared a wedding cake with the congregation at Smyrna UCC after worship on Sunday, June 22nd.
Bill and Catherine lived for over three years in their home in a neighborhood called Sea Grove, near Salishan, at the Oregon coast. Sadly, Bill died of cancer on March 1st, 2001.
Catherine sold her home later that year, and moved to Keizer, and was active at Salem Center 50, taking yoga classes and participating in other events there. She was also an active member of Smyrna United Church of Christ. Previously, she had also been a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Molalla 310 Grange.
Catherine battled cancer valiantly in 2014, with another onset in 2018. She was under the care of Willamette Valley Hospice in her home for the recent course of her illness, and passed away one day after her admission to the Chehelam Health and Rehab Center in Newberg, Oregon, on February 22, 2019.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, her husband Bill Mosiman, and former life partner Clifford McCracken. She is survived by a niece and nephew: Josephine Paczkowski of Gastonia, North Carolina, and Josephine’s brother, Oliver Brown, of Jordan, New York. She is also remembered by her friends at Center 50 and at Smyrna UCC.
Thank you to Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services in Salem for assisting with arrangements. Her Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 pm at Smyrna United Church of Christ, 31119 S. Highway 170, Canby, Oregon.
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