Catherine Anne “Kate” Ciha, beloved wife of Robert E. Evans and devoted mother of John P. Evans, passed away peacefully at her Calgary home on Saturday, July 5, 2008 at the age of 54 years.
Kate was born on December 27, 1953 and spent her formative years in southeast Wisconsin. She earned her nursing degree from Marian College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and her Master’s in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kate practiced and taught nursing in Wisconsin and Oregon before moving to Canada in 1987.
Kate was a committed Christian who placed God first in her life and encouraged others to do the same. Even as her cancer progressed, Kate maintained her firm faith in God and in His plan for her life. A warm smile, bright eyes and a kind word were Kate’s hallmarks; and her unfailing ability to find the best in people and situations invariably lifted the spirits of those whom she met on life’s journey. Kate’s love for others was reflected in her affection, care and encouragement of her husband, Bob, her son, Jack, and many family members and close friends.
Kate is survived by her husband, Robert E. Evans; son, John P. Evans; her parents, Al and Claire Ciha of Allenton, Wisconsin; her sister, Fran Heinzel of Edina, Minnesota; and by four brothers: Patrick Ciha of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, James Ciha of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Michael Ciha of Naperville, Illinois and Philip Ciha of Germantown, Wisconsin. Kate is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded to www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation, South Tower 302-3031 Hospital Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 2T8 or to Christian Blind Mission, 3844 Stouffville Road, P. O. Box 800, Stouffville, Ontario L4A 7Z9.
The family wishes to express profound thanks to the doctors, nurses and others who helped care for Kate, with special thanks to Dr. Lesley Coulter of Breast Cancer Supportive Care and Dr. Barbara Walley of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
In living memory of Catherine Ciha, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences