Catherine (Getrich) Smith
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Catherine (Getrich) Smith (1909 - 1997)

Mrs Catherine "Kathryn" Smith formerly Getrich aka Giedrocz, Giedwez
Born in Mount Carmel, PAmap
Wife of — married [date unknown] in Mount Carmel, PAmap
Descendants descendants
Mother of , [private daughter (1920s - 2000s)] and
Died in Mount Carmel, PAmap
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Catherine Agatha Giedrojc (Gedrich) (Getrich) (born 1909)

Catherine Smith is listed incorrectly in the 1940 census as age 50. She is age 30. Her brother, sister-in-law and nephew who lived in her home are incorrectly listed as Getnich.

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Born 6/26/1909 in Mt Carmel, daughter of Agatha and Felix Getrich. 10th of 11 children; youngest daughter. Married young at 15 years of age to John Smith --who was crushed in the colliery 1930. My Nanny was a young mother and a widow at 21 years of age with 3 small children to raise -- Catherine, Alberta, Mary and expecting her son, Wesley.

Soon after her mother died - leaving Nanny without the help of her own Mother.

How does one cope with such a tragedy, at such an early age?--How does one go on? Nanny coped with life's tragedies in different ways.

When I think about the many memories of my Nanny several characteristics come to mind. Nanny was a woman of determination, independence, strong will, lived life, hard worker and generous in heart and "generous to share herself and her resources". Perhaps many of these traits were because of her adjusting to life's sorrows and pain.

Memories of her characteristics can be remembered in different ways.

1 Catherine operated a restaurant here in town-"LIGHT LUNCH" in the early 30s. I was told she baked l00 pies a week and sold them for a $1.00 apiece. She overcame Rheumatic fever at age 30, after recover she worked in the winter resorts of New Jersey as a waitress and enjoyed her home in the summer. She retired at age 60. 2 Catherine was very proud of her home - her housekeeping was impeccable and very meticulous. Everything in her home was as neat as a pin and spotless. She told her children "I live like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, but I don't have their money". 3 Catherine excelled in her cooking talents. She loved to bake bread, delicious apple and lemon pies, donuts and so many other things too numerous to mention. She baked large batches of bread for the Church Bazaar. She loved to crochet, to embroider and she also made her own soap. She always wore a dress. She said that women don't wear pants - they're for men. 4 Catherine also took pride in her family. She was seen as a matriarch of her own immediate family. Some of us here today remember her yearly Mother's Day Dinner celebrations--we would all gather for a culinary feast. Being a young Grandmother she enjoyed seeing her 8 grandchildren grow into adulthood and was proud of us graduating from college. Nanny only attended school to the 8th grade. She enjoyed attending each and every of the Great Grandchildren's Baptism, First Communions, Confirmations and Birthday celebrations. She loved to play pinochle and taught us how to play the game. Since she was of Polish Background--she spoke the language fluently. And she took the time to teach us little phrases, I will always remember--Ya-che Koham, Dime Bushie. I love You--Give me a kiss. 5 Catherine was a caregiver to members of her family. She was given the strength to care for her second husband, George, until he died from cancer. She cared for her Grandchildren, Karen and Susie when her daughter, Alberta and son-in-law, Harry had hepatitis; She cared for two older sisters, Phoebe and Grace until they died in her own home. She enjoyed babysitting her great grandchildren. And she shared her resources with family when the need arose. 6. Catherine took pride in her health. She always said "if you have your health--you have your wealth" And in her Polish culture--food was very important. She at one time was a very robust lady and would often say, "Eat and enjoy food while you can".

However about 10 years ago Nanny's health began to fail. And little by little we watched her decline. She could no longer live independently. She moved in with her daughter, Catherine. Her memory began to fade and year after year you could see the changes. The once robust lady was no longer to be seen. The enthusiasm to bake bread, to care for her home and the energy to do simple tasks dwindled and disappeared. Nanny slowly began to forget her family; Fven when her son Wesley died 10 years ago, she did not comprehend his death. Her thoughts, her smile, her unique laugh and her feelings were no longer there. The ability to walk lessened. Her interest to those around her was gone. Her desire to eat disappeared. She naturally declined and death was a welcome guest on 6/16/97 ten days before her 88th birthday.

And so Nanny and dear Catherine as we all gather here today we will remember you in so many ways. You touched so many lives.

We will remember you as a friend, a neighbor, a sister, an aunt, a spouse, a mother of 4, a grandmother of 8, a great-grandmother of 11 and a person who cared and who loved, who was generous and enjoyed life.

We are here to give our last respects, to say good-bye, and say "well done good and faithful servant--you have served God well and your reward is waiting for you" God bless you, Nanny, we will miss you.

posted 17 Dec 2014 by Anonymous (X) Anonymous   [thank Anonymous]
1920 United States Federal Census about Kathrine Giedrocz

Name: Kathrine Giedrocz [Kathrine Giedwez] Home in 1920: Mount Carmel Ward 4, Northumberland, Pennsylvania Age: 10 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1910 Birthplace: Pennsylvania Relation to Head of House: Daughter Father's name: Felix Giedrocz Father's Birth Place: Poland Mother's name: Thofilia Giedrocz Mother's Birth Place: Poland Marital Status: Single Race: White Sex: Female Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Felix Giedrocz 51 Thofilia Giedrocz 41 Edna Giedrocz 21 Grace Giedrocz 17 Felix Giedrocz 16 Silvester Giedrocz 15 Kathrine Giedrocz 10 Joseph Giedrocz 6 Frank Giedrocz 5 Leonard Giedrocz 3

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