Houston/Ware - Catherine Cecilia (Lanou) Bortnick, 90, originally of Ware, died on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at The Houston Methodist Hospital, located in the Texas Medical Center.
She leaves her daughters, Donna Bortnick Matthews of Montgomery, Texas, and Darlene Bortnick Abdouch of Houston, Texas. She also leaves her sons-in-law, Ray Matthews and Michael Abdouch, as well as her grandson, Michael Ray Matthews and his fiancé, Brandi Kehoe of Houston. Her surviving sisters are Alice Lanou Mylnarski of Ware, and Marlene Lanou Lemoine Huie of Ft. Myers, FL. She was predeceased by her husband Walter William Bortnick, originally from Gilbertville in 2007, as well as her father Leo, and mother Mary Catherine Kulig Lanou and sisters, Ruthie Lanou Vallone and Lorraine Lanou Metcalf. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Catherine starting working at the Ware Knitters when her father was killed and the family needed support. Her co-worker set her up with Walter, whom she married. After marrying, she was a homemaker for many years bringing up the girls and later entered the job force when Darlene started school at Warner Elementary. She worked part-time for a Vending Company and later for SIS Bank in Springfield where they lived.
Since 1954 they kept a cottage on Hardwick Pond and kept close connections with the family, most of whom reside in the Ware and Gilbertville area. Later when the girls both moved to Houston, Catherine and Walter would visit often and once they retired would spend several of the winter months with them. On the drive back and forth, they would enjoy gambling at The Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS and then would round out the winter with a month in Florida. After Walter passed, she moved to Houston.
A Funeral Mass for Catherine will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 10:30AM in St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston 77024. This summer, a Funeral Mass for Catherine will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 10AM in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 58 Church St., in Gilbertville. Burial will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery following the mass. Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 from 5 to 7PM in Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 58 Church St., Gilbertville, MA 01031 or to the East Quabbin Land Trust, 120 Ridge Road, Hardwick, MA 01037 or http://www.EQLT.org.
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