Catherine M. Lavery, 88, a former resident of Niagara Falls, NY died on Saturday, November 11, 2013 in Camden, South Carolina after a brief illness. Born on January 11, 1925 in Welland, Ontario, Canada, she was the daughter of William and Mary McAuliffe.
She graduated from St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing in Toronto, Ont and Sacred Heart Dominican College in Texas. Mrs. Lavery had a distinguished career at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, serving as director of inservice education, director of nursing and retiring as vice president for patient care services.
She married Nalo L. Lavery in 1970. He predeceased her on December 8, 1986.
Following her husband’s death, Catherine moved to Bal Harbour, Florida and later to Rembert, South Carolina where she lived with family on Fenwick Farm, an equestrian training center.
She was a former member of Sacred Heart Church in Niagara Falls and a member of the Memorial Medical Center Corporation and Legacy Society. She volunteered for Heart, Love and Soul, Inc. in Niagara Falls. In Camden, she was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and volunteered at the Christian Community Ministries for many years..
She was the beloved sister of Mary Ellen McEwan of Rembert, SC and aunt of Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan of Fenwick Farm, Rembert, Mary McEwan of Louisville, Ky, Judy Girard of Oakville, Ontario, Michael McAuliffe of Chicago, IL, Margot and Muffie McAuliffe of Toronto, Ontario, Malia McAuliffe of Prince Edward Island and the great aunt of Simon and Kegan McAuliffe of Chicago, IL, and Brett and Monique Girard of Toronto, Ontario and Victoria McEwan of Lexington, Ky. She also was a dear special friend of Patty and Rick Berggren of Youngstown, NY.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Lavery was predeceased by brothers Michael, William and Anthony McAuliffe.
A rosary service will be held on Tuesday November 12 at 7:00 PM, with a funeral mass conducted by Father Paul being held the following day, November 13, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Camden, SC. Father Lindsay will officiate at a committal service for family and friends at the Gate of Heaven Chapel, 500 Riverdale Avenue, Lewiston, NY on Friday November 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Donations in Catherine’s memory may be made to the Christian Community Ministries, 110 E. DeKalb St, Camden SC 29020 or the Schoellkopf Park Beautification Fund c/o the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, PO Box 708, Niagara Falls, NY 14302.
Out of state funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hardison Funeral Homes, Inc., North Fourth and Ridge Streets, Lewiston.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the local arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Lavery family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com