Catherine W. Bode

Catherine W. Bode

1917 – 2010

Catherine Wilma Bode, daughter of Anton and Theresia (Pelster) Bode was born November 13, 1917 on the family farm northwest of Raeville, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Bon-aventure Catholic Church, attended St. John Berchman’s grade school in Raeville, NE., and graduated from Raeville High School.

Catherine helped on the family farm and assisted in raising her younger siblings after the death of their mother. She also helped local families in their homes.

In 1950, she began working for Rev. Norbert Boland in the parishes of Clyde-Dublin, Wisner, Jackson and Olean, taking care of the cooking and housekeeping duties.

Following Rev. Boland’s retirement, she worked for Rev. Godfrey Meiergard in Hooper and Marianna Retirement Center.

When Catherine retired in 2001, she entered St. Joseph’s Retirement Center in West Point, NE. She continued to live there until being hospitalized in September 2010, after which time she entered the West Point Living Center. It was there that she passed away on October 1, 2010 at the age of 92.

Catherine was a great cook and enjoyed good food. She loved her many nieces and nephews and truly enjoyed their visits. Her family and friends could always count on her to pray for them. She enjoyed and was very good at “fancy work”, such as embroidery, smocking; along with other hand work.

Catherine W. Bode, 92 formerly of Raeville, NE passed away Friday, October 1, 2010 at the West Point Living Center in West Point, NE.

Catherine is survived by two sisters: Viridiann Gorman of Grand Island, NE; Teresa Marie Schaecher of Madison, NE; sister-in-law: Dolores Bode of Elgin, NE; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Charles, Sylvester, Joseph, Delbert and a brother in infancy; three sisters: Della Bode, Christine Bode, and Sylvia Schrad.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (today) at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating and burial followed in the parish cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to the family at