|(Monday - March 08,
2021) - Catherine B. Lesandrini, 103, of Kingsford, passed away
peacefully on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara.
Catherine was born on July 31, 1917 in Hermansville, daughter of the
late Michael Rodman and Catherine (Sudac) Rodman. She married Louis
Lesandrini on July 16, 1938 at American Martyrs Catholic Church in
Kingsford. He preceded her in death in 2003.
Catherine took pride
in her work as a wife, mother, homemaker and election worker. She was a
proper, humble and gentle woman, but possessed the quiet strength of a
strong Croatian woman. Catherine had an enthusiasm and appreciation for
everyday life, especially those days when the sun was shining. When
asked her secret to longevity, she replied, "I pray every day!" She was
unconditionally loving and forgiving, and issued an edict to her family
to do the same, because "people can't help who they are."
Catherine was a devout Catholic and senior member of American Martyrs
Church. When she became physically unable to attend weekly Mass, she
looked forward to her regular visits or phone calls from Fr. Joe.
Catherine is survived by her five Grandchildren: Cathy Hartenstein,
Calvin Coopman, Jr., Anita (Keith) Lyman, April (Ken) Degenaer, Allen
(Diana) Schuls, Angi (John) Mellon, and Brandi (Ryan) Schomisch; 15
Great-Grandchildren: Jill Logsdon (Gabriel), Alex Weatherbie (Sean),
Laura Smart, Kris Lyman (Kayla), Miranda (Travis) Siewert, Justin (Courtnie)
Degenaer, James Degenaer (Jean), Allie Martin, Domenic (Emily) Testolin,
Caitlynn Testolin, Nick (Tiffany) Mellon, Jake Mellon (Alicia), Maggi
Mellon, Shayleen and Ryan Schomisch, Jr.; 17 Great-Great Grandchildren:
Taylor Logsdon, Ty Montgomery, Tucker Lyman, Owen and Landon Siewert,
Jude, Jayden and Jaylee Degenaer, Simon, Romeo and Jedrek Degenaer,
Oliver Martin, Alyanna Testolin, and Shylah, Zoey, Bentley and Ashlyn
Mellon; Brothers-in-Law: Domenic "Curly" (Anna Mae, deceased) Lesandrini
and Donald (Carol) Lesandrini; Sisters-in-Law: Betty Lesandrini and
Jackie Lesandrini; Several Special Nieces and Nephews, especially Mike
(Debbie) Rodman, Mary (Mark) Murray and Mark (Bobbi Jean) Rodman; and
Special Cousin: Mary (Rudy) Rehoric.
In addition to her husband,
she was preceded in death by her children, Patricia (Coopman) Sydmark
and Louis Lesandrini, Jr.; sons-in-law, Calvin Coopman, Sr. and Rudolph
"Bud" Sydmark; daughter-in-law, Wanda Hulce; sister, Anne (Clifford)
Bianchetti; brothers, Anthony, John, Frank and Michael (Patricia)
Rodman; sisters-in-law, Celeste (Adolph) Spigarelli, Adeline (Les)
LaPointe, Evelyn (Donald) Tousignant, and Patricia (Edgar) Loper;
brothers-in-law, Joseph "Toby", Lawrence (Ardith), Clifford (Sue),
Arthur (Kay), and Robert.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM
on Friday, March 12th at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford.
Fr. Joseph Gouin will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be
at Dickinson County Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be
Catherine's great-grandsons and great-great grandsons.
In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to Maryhill Manor General Fund.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Catherine Lesandrini
The family has entrusted the
Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.