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Catherine Menster McDermott

Birth Date: December 2, 1935
Death Date: December 2, 2018

Catherine Menster McDermott (Schank), 83, passed away Sunday, December 2nd, 2018.  She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, stepmother, step grandmother and friend.

Catherine was born in Kyle, Luxembourg on December 2nd, 1935 to the late Joseph and Helene Menster. She met and married US Air Force SSgt Jerome McDermott, who was stationed in Germany. They moved to the United States and raised five children. She was extremely proud to become an American Citizen but visited her family in Europe as often as she could. During the 30 years she worked for Lee Memorial Hospital, she enjoyed helping everyone who crossed her path. The city of Fort Myers awarded her “Human Services Worker of the Year Award” for taking in a widow whose husband was tragically killed while visiting from Germany.  Several years after her husband Jerome passed, Catherine was blessed with her beloved Merl.  They lived in Cottage Grove, Minnesota during the summer where she was loved by so many wonderful new family members. She spent the rest of her time in Fort Myers, Florida where she lived for 48 years with her children surrounding her.

Catherine was preceded in death by her first husband Jerome McDermott, her siblings Margaret, Miese, Leoni, and Marcel. She is survived by her husband Merlin Schank, her five children Mary McDermott (Greg), Erika McDermott, Kathleen McEnroe (John), Susan Wehner (Robert), Gerald McDermott (Sharyn), her granddaughter (the light of her life) Shelby McDermott, all of her extended family members, and many friends, whom she loved dearly.

A memorial service will be held at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers, FL on Saturday, December 8th at 1pm. Following the memorial service, family and friends are invited to Kathleen and John’s home at 5338 Selby Drive, Fort Myers, FL.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, or a charity of choice.

Memorial Ceremony
December 8, 2018
1:00 pm
Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home
1589 Colonial Boulevard Fort Myers, FL 33907
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  1. I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the cherished memories you shared bring you joy. May the God of all comfort be your support at this difficult time. 2 Co 1:3, 4.

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