Catherine M. Foco

Zephyrhills, Florida and Hale, Michigan
August 15, 1929 - October 5, 2012


3-8 P.M., Thursday, October 11, 2012


10:00 A.M., Friday, October 12, 2012 at
St. Pius X Catholic Church
3901 N. M-65
Hale, Michigan

Obituary Notice

Catherine M. Foco
Zephyrhills, Florida

CATHERINE M. FOCO of Zephyrhills Florida and Hale, Michigan, formerly of Flint. Passed away October 5, 2012 at 83 years of age.

Cathrine was born in Bay City on August 15, 1929 to George and Mary Pitre. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Norman who she married May 26, 1951 in Bay City. Four children; Diane Beecher of Gilbert, AZ, Karen (Kenneth) Emery of Hale, Wyatt (Terri) Foco of Goodrich and Melissa (Butch) Hayes of Grayling. Eight grandchildren; Sheri, Chad, Jodie, Brent, Meghan, Hailey, Matthew and Jennifer. Five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Ashlyn, Lorenzo, Olivia and Lucianna. Mrs. Foco is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Bert Pitre.

She graduated from St. Joseph High School in Bay City and later attended Baker Business College. She was an avid golfer, a member at Wicker Hills Golf Course and the Red Hat Society.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 12, 2012 at St. Pius Catholic Church, 3901 N. M-65 in Hale. The family will receive friends from 3-8 P.M. on Thursday at the Hale Chapel of the Buresh Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington and Friday at church from 9:30 A.M. until the time of service. There will be a rosary service at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday. Memorial contributions suggested to St. Pius X Catholic Church for a mass in Catherine’s honor. Those wishing to express words of sympathy may do so at


St. Pius X Catholic Church for a mass in her honor.


Dear Norm, Diane, Karen, Mellissa, Wyatt and family

I am so privileged to have known Catherine. Growing up as Wyatt's best friend obviously allowed me to be closer than most. My close bond with Catherine was unconditional, I will always cherish it. As I traveled, played golf and attened special events with Wyatt, Norm and Catherine, she would often introduce me as her "other son".
Those years I was hanging out in your Thistlewood home(basement mostly)playing ping-pong with Wyatt I remember "Wonder Years". In your family room I watched Neil Armstong walk on the moon and Catherine as always was serving us snacks.
The memories will always be with me, growing up in your loving family that was fostered by Catherine and her stong family traditions.

— Harry
Dearest Norm and family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Cathy was a wonderful kind person and we will certainly miss her at our get togethers in Florida. We feel privileged to have known her. Please take care of yourselves. Hugs, Paul & Debbie
— Paul & Debbie Jeffery
Very sorry Norm to hear about Cathy. You and your family will be in my prayers. Eleanor
— Eleanor Mahoney
To Norm & family, Bridie & I are so sad & sorry for your loss. Cathy was a dear friend to all who knew her. We have had many great memories of our times together in Florida. We will miss her dearly.We will remember her in our prayers.
Gus & Bridie Clarke
— Gus & Bridie Clarke
Uncle Norman, Diane, Melissa and Wyatt: We are so sorry about the passing of our dear aunt and sister-in- law. We are grateful for the time we were able to enjoy with her this past summer. Her smile and laugh was always so infectious. Our memories of growing up and growing older with her will always be with us. We pray that the Lord will give you strength to endure your days ahead. The loss of your wife and mother leaves a great void in the family. May all the wonderful memories sustain you during this difficult time. May the Lord bless and keep all of you and eternal rest Catherine.

Eva and Muriel
— Eva & Muriel Foco
Norm and Family, We were deeply sorry to hear about your loss of Cathy. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time. We will always remember the great times we shared in Betmar. Hugs,
Neil & Calvin
— Neil Ernst & Calvin Hall
Dear dear Norm and family. You have lost a wonderful wife, dear mother and grandmother, but Richard and I not only lost a wonderful neighbor, but we feel like we lost a sister.
Oh the memories, wine seminar, cards, listening to me "vent" after general meetings, birthday parties,florida room gatherings, oh Cathy I miss you so. love to you all, and prayers.
The community of Betmar has lost a bright star,we all have.
— dee payne/richard fritz
Dear Norm and Family, prayers are for you all. Cathy will be greately missed. She was so special and caring, with everyone, where ever she was. Shirley Fisher
— Shirley Fisher
Dear Norm and Family, we are thinking of you at this difficult time....Cathy had a beautiful smile, a kind heart, and such a great friend and neighbour to my mom and Richard...We are so sorry for your loss.
— Sue and Gary Jarvis
Dearest Mom,
I want to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” for allowing me to be a witness to the building of a legacy. Mom, you have built a legacy, and an amazing one at that. One of a person, a daughter, a friend, a wife, a mother, and the list goes on and on…and on. So “Thank You” mom for the gift of unconditional love, not just to me but to many others as well. “Thank You” for the care that you gave me as a son. “Thank You” for the gift of the example of what a wife and husband should be that you and dad have laid out. “Thank You” for the legacy of what a mother should be. “Thank You” for the example of what it means to be the backbone of a family. “Thank You” for showing us what a homemaker is.
We have this saying around our home when we are preparing for company or preparing a meal: What Would Catherine Do? Because you showed us what it means to be prepared so that you would not only present a fantastic meal in a beautiful home, but also have the time to spend with and enjoy your guests.
“Thank You” for praying for us because your prayers were needed, felt, and appreciated. I also believe that your prayers will be even more effective now from heaven than they were from earth. So even into the future I’ll be able to “Thank You” when I sense your prayers for me.
So as I say “Thank You”, I do have one complaint: Mom, you have set the bar far too high, and that in itself is your legacy.
“Thank You”……………..Wyatt
— Wyatt Foco
Dear Norm and Family---Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. She will be greatly missed!!!Love Bill & Irene
— Irene & Bill Manning
Dear Norm and Family--Our prayers and thought are with you during this very difficult time. She wil be greatly missed Bill & Irene
— Irene & Bill Manning
Dear Norm and Family
We were deeply saddened to learn of your recent loss. Cathy was a wonderful friend and neighbor. The circle of friends in the Betmar neighborhood has suffered a severe loss. Cathy's friendly smile and hardy laugh was always warm, welcome and reassuring. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Our thoughts and prayer are with you and the family at this difficult time
Hugs, Don & Barb
— Don & Barb Hatheway
Dear Norm and Family.
We were deeply saddened to learn of your recent loss. Cathy was a wonderful friend and neighbor. The Betmar neighborhood has suffered a severe loss. Cathys friendly smile and hardy laugh were always reassuring and welcome. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time.
Hugs, Don and Barb
— Don & Barb Hatheway
Uncle Norman, Diane, Karen, Wyatt and Melissa and Family. We are both sorry to hear of our Aunt Catherine's passing. Our times we spent playing cards, going on the family cruise, taking us around the Hale area, visiting with family and friends in Michigan as well as in Florida will be with us always. Our prayers and thoughts are with you always. Love Becky and Tom
— Rebecca (Foco) Marple and Tom Marple
My dear Karen, I just noticed that I forgot your name when addressing the family members with our condolence. All of you children ( now adults) were the apple of your mother's eyes. She always spoke of each one of you so endearingly.
We will be praying for all of you. Mother and I will be attending mass here in Florida on Friday at 10:00 a.m.
May the Lord bless and hold each and everyone of you.
Eva & Muriel
— Eva & Muriel Foco
Dear Norm & Family,
We were so sad to hear of the passing of Cathy. She will be missed by all her Florida Buddies. We loved her style and her smiles. Happy Hours won't be the same. Hugs and Love
Norm & Alleida Bringard
— Norm & Alleida Bringard
Our thoughts are with you, Norm and Cathy will be missed
— Rod & Trish Angus
Dear Norm and Family : Jean and I will surely miss Catherine .We have enjoyed spending time with our Betmar neighbors and friends .Even though it has been a short time knowing you we will miss her.
Deepest sympathy,
Mark & Jean Krueger
— Mark & Jean Krueger
Uncle Norman, I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Catherine. My mom told me about her the other was a surprise. Corey and I both wish we could attend the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Foco family. We love you all. Love Lyndsey and Corey
— Lyndsey and Corey Field
Dear Mr. Foco, Diane, Karen, Wyatt, and Melissa, My heart aches for this great loss in your family. I feel the pain in my own heart and wish I could be there with all of you. I love your mom and will miss her so very much. She has told me over the years to call her "Catherine", but I've never been able to make the switch! She's been Mrs. Foco to me since I was two years old! She was my Godmother, my second mother, and my dear friend. She has followed me through my life with love, support, guidance, humor, kindness, strength, encouragement, gentleness, and many needed prayers. We often talked about her prayer list. She always amazed me with how organized her list was, and the number of people she loved and quietly prayed for. She has been a faithful and good servant to the Lord, and will enjoy eternal life with Him. She has touched so many lives and certainly mine. She has been a wonderful friend to my mom for fifty-five years, particularly in these last few years since my dad passed away, helping my mom and standing by her in so many ways. She has encouraged and loved me during this difficult time, as well. I will miss the optimism and hope she always gave. I've had such fun with her and have enjoyed so many good times with the entire Foco family! These precious memories will stay with me forever. Her life has been a gift to me, a treasure from above. I love you all and will keep you on my prayer list as your Mom has taught me. Denise
— Denise Bird (Erb)

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