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Cathy E. Rodruan

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On June 10, 2012 @ 9:04 am In Obituaries | 63 Comments

Cathy E. Rodruan, 57, of Lititz PA, passed away on June 7, 2012 in her home. She was born on July 15, 1954 in Reading PA to John and Catherine (Moyer) Craley. She lived in Shillington, attending and graduating from Governor Mifflin School District. During her junior year, she began dating William C. Rodruan.
Cathy graduated from Millersville State College (now University) in 1977, and married Bill that same year. They began their life together living in Lancaster, with Cathy working for the School District of Lancaster, at Price Elementary. In 1981, Cathy and Bill moved to Charlotte, NC. During the two years there, Cathy volunteered her time at a local church pre-school.
Cathy and Bill returned to Lancaster County in April 1983, and Cathy promptly increased the family size by delivering Ross W. Rodruan on June 3, 1983. Cathy devoted her time to rearing Ross and volunteering at the family’s church home, Salem United Methodist in Manheim.
In 1992, Cathy and Bill moved again due to Bill’s work, this time to Montreal, Quebec. Cathy’s time was focused on supporting Ross in school and playing the “tour guide” to the various family members and friends that visited.
In 1994, Cathy, Bill and Ross moved back to Lititz. Cathy restarted her numerous volunteer activities, and began substitute teaching. She ultimately taught full-time at Rheems Elementary part of the Elizabethtown School District, where she worked until her retirement in 2005.
Cathy is survived by her husband of 34 years, Bill; her son Ross; her daughter-in-law Barb; her mother Catherine; her brother John (and family); as well as numerous other family and friends.
A woman of strong faith and beliefs, Cathy was well known for her caring and devotion to family and friends. She was also known for her dogs; Boomer and Micah. No dogs had better lives. Finally, Cathy and Bill had fulfilled one of their dreams by building a vacation home in Rehoboth Beach DE.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Lititz, PA with the Rev. Steven W. Rodgers officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Rodruan’s memory may be made to the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 1281, Lancaster, PA 17608 or to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah, 84741


Condolences for the family of “Cathy E. Rodruan”

Condolence from Colleen Coolican-Reiner on June 10th, 2012 9:08 am

Hi Ross and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s death. I don’t know if you remember me, I was your Kindergarten teacher. I remember your mom well. She was a great helper in the classroom and a wonderful mom. I remember lots of my students, but don’t always remember their parents. Your mom was an exception. She was friendly, sweet, kind, caring, and very generous. I know you will miss her. I will keep her in my prayers. -Colleen Reiner (Miss Coolican)

Condolence from Sherry Ostroff on June 10th, 2012 11:50 am

I was so sorry to hear about Cathy’s passing. I worked with her at Price Elementary School. We were both team teachers in the 6th grade. It was such an honor and privilege to work with Cathy. She was a wonderful teacher. She was tough but caring and always demanded the best from her students. She, in turn, gave her best. As her co-teacher, I loved working with her because I learned so much from Cathy. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

Condolence from Nadine Jensen on June 10th, 2012 12:02 pm

Cathy: I didn’t know you personally, but I knew of you from high school. I can still see your long, shiny blonde hair and your smile as you walked down the school halls. Gosh, you always seemed soooo happy; you personified every quality a senior student could ever wish for. I’m sure you touched many hearts with all of your volunteering efforts, and though you should have probably been applauded while you still lived, I’m forced to tell you I am proud that you went to my high school & touched so many lives with your wonderfully-bubbly personality. I do not usually do this, so your family will now know that you will long be remembered from afar as a truly amazing person.

Condolence from Ted Fitzgerald on June 10th, 2012 12:36 pm

Ross,
I was so sorry to read of your mom’s death at such a young age. I remember fondly the times we spent repairing the damage from a certain middle school teacher and how painful the experience was for you; Cathy truly had your best interest at heart. My world is diminished by her loss. Please know my thoughts are with you and your family.
Mr. Fitz

Condolence from Susan and Geoff Burd on June 10th, 2012 1:40 pm

Dear Bill and Ross: We were so very sorry to read of Cathy’s passing today. She was a gracious, warm, caring, friendly person who will be greatly missed by all. Our condolences to you and your family. Susan and Geoff Burd (from the Conrad Estates neighborhood)

Condolence from Dina Geracimos Wert on June 10th, 2012 1:42 pm

So sad to read of Cathy’s passing. She was my favorite TotLot and playground leader and one of the reasons I ended up an educator myself. Peace and prayers,
Dina

Condolence from Joe and LuAnn Jindela on June 10th, 2012 3:53 pm

Dear Bill: We were so very sorry to hear the sad news. Losing your love of so many years has to be one of the worst things that can happen. Our thoughts and condolences are with you and your family. I hope the kind thoughts and caring of others will provide comfort.

Joe and LuAnn Jindela

Condolence from Fran Miller on June 10th, 2012 4:06 pm

Dear Bill, Ross and family, I was just stunned this morning when I read of Cathy’s passing. I have no doubt, however, the moment she arrive in heaven, she asked Jesus how she could help him organize some type of activity that involved working with children and did so with that loving twinkle in her eye! I enjoyed working with Cathy at Salem UMC, and then, could not pass up the opportunity to hire her as a teacher in my own building at Rheems Elementary. She was a fabulous teacher who was conscientious and deliberate in all that she did for her students. Ross, know that she loved you very, very much. We often shared stories about our children and how much we worried about them and missed them during the work day. Bill, you were the apple of her eye. She would have walked through fire for you! We both shared stories about our deep love for our husbands, too. Cathy was a wonderful Sister in Christ. I am sure her light is making heaven even more beautiful and brighter than it was before she arrived. Please know that we were blessed by Cathy’s presence and will miss her now that she is gone. Fran and Matt Miller

Condolence from Marcy “Geib” Mercer on June 10th, 2012 4:46 pm

Dear Rodruan family, we are so sorry for your loss. I was at my parents today and I read of Cathy’s passing. I don’t know if you remember us but we lived across from Fairland. Our hearts and prayers are with your family ~ The Geib’s

Condolence from HollyAltenderfer on June 10th, 2012 7:54 pm

Dear Bill and family, I was shocked and saddened when I read the paper today. What a difficult time for you.It is especially hard to lose someone you love suddenly. Cathy was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Holly (Cooper)Altenderfer

Condolence from Larry and Gloria Craley on June 10th, 2012 9:05 pm

Dear Bill, Ross and Family,
We would like you to know that as family we care about your sorrow and are holding you up in our prayers. Our days off this week do not comply with the service for Cathy. Please be assured that we hope the Lord will draw very close to you and sustain you through this sad time. We will miss her and the family at the reunion this year. With love and sympathy.

Condolence from Stephan Luehrs on June 11th, 2012 7:46 am

Dear Bill,

We were deeply saddened to hear about the sudden and unexpected death of Cathy and we would like to express our sincere condolences to you.

We can only imagine how difficult this time of sadness must be for you. Words cannot express our feelings at a time such this. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. Please let us know whether there is anything we can do to help during this time.

We would like to know you that our thoughts are with you and please pass our deepest sympathies on to your family.

With heartfelt sympathies,
The European Finance Team
Stephan, Magnus, Hans-Peter, Rene, Michaela, Baerbel

Condolence from Bob Abel on June 11th, 2012 8:36 am

Bill,

I was shocked and saddened by the news of your loss. You and your family have been in my families prayers, and will continue to be.

I know words cannot be found to comfort and heal at a time like this. Only time. If there is anything that can be done to make this time pass a little easier, please let me know.

Bob Abel and family

Condolence from Charles Irving-Swift on June 11th, 2012 9:28 am

Dear Bill,

On behalf of all of us in AFP-EMEA, I just wanted to tell you how very sad we were to hear of your sudden loss.

Having read Cathy’s obituary, I can appreciate what a strong and enduring relationship the two of you must have had and what a fine example you must have set of what marriage should be to your family and friends.

Cathy seems to have devoted much of her life to serving others. I have no doubt that she will be greatly missed by all those people whose lives she touched and graced.

Our thoughts and prayers will remain with you as you contend with the days and weeeks ahead. If there is anything that any of us can do to lighten your load, I hope that you will feel free to contact us.

Kind regards,

Charles Irving-Swift

Condolence from Laura Lefever on June 11th, 2012 11:08 am

Bill,

I am so sorry for your loss. You have a lot of fond memories that will get you through this in time.

With deepest sympathy,

Laura Lefever
Armstrong

Condolence from Jack C. McCoy on June 11th, 2012 11:25 am

To Bill, Johnny, and family… I lived in the same apartment building as Cathy and John on Lancaster Ave. for about seven years. Some of my best memories of that time are the hours spent sitting on the bench out back with Cathy and John.Cathy was one of the sweetest persons I have ever known.BIll,I was glad to read about the many wonderful years you and Cathy shared.God’s peace to all of your family. Jack

Condolence from Scott Gregory on June 11th, 2012 11:30 am

I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Our family will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Scott Gregory and family.

Condolence from Rachel Lombardo on June 11th, 2012 11:49 am

Bill,

It was just last week you and I were talking about Cathy and how generous she was. Having never met me, she contributed such a generous donation to a charity I’m running my marathon for. It speaks to the person everyone has described her as…giving, loving and always helping others.
You and your family will be in my prayers in hopes that you find peace in the lord calling his angel home.

My deepest regards,
Rachel Lombardo

Condolence from Doni Collison on June 11th, 2012 12:10 pm

Oh Bill, what happened? This is unbearably sad. I am so sorry for all of our loss of your beautiful Cathy. Thank goodness for your strong faith to help you in this difficult time. Help Ross and especially Barb manage. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Come see us when you can. Doni (Jethro’s)

Condolence from Galina Rowland on June 11th, 2012 1:55 pm

Bill, sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family on this indescribable loss. I will keep you in my prayers and hope you find peace and comfort sooner with Lord’s love and support of people around you.
With great sadness,
~ Galina Rowland

Condolence from Tim Clontz on June 11th, 2012 3:07 pm

Bill,

I am truly sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Tim Clontz

Condolence from Eric Harzer on June 11th, 2012 4:53 pm

Dear Bill, Ross, and Family,

I was a student of Mrs. Rodruan’s in fifth grade at Rheems Elementary. Mrs. Rodruan was an amazing teacher and had a lasting impact on my education. She challenged me and encouraged my ability to write, and even helped me to make a friend as I had just transferred to the school. She has left a lasting, indelible image on my life and I am severely sorry to hear of her passing.

She was a great person and an astounding teacher, and I wish you all the best.

Sincerely,
Eric Harzer

Condolence from Steve Rath on June 11th, 2012 9:05 pm

Bill & Ross,

To you and the entire Rodruan and Craley families: George and Millie Rath along with my sister Cindy and I count it as one of life’s blessings to have known Cathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. The clouds will fade as the many memories of life’s joys with Cathy brighten the days ahead.

Steve

Condolence from Dave and Diane Niemkiewicz on June 11th, 2012 9:34 pm

Dear Bill and Ross,
We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Cathy’s passing. Cathy was the first one knocking at the door when we moved here 16 years ago. She brought a big container of her homemade chickencorn soup so we would get a taste of Lancaster County. She always had that “twinkle” in her eye and a smile on her face. We enjoyed her in our Bunco group, she was so much fun! What a giving heart she had. We are so sorry for your loss. You, and of course Cathy, are in our prayers.

Condolence from Sally Cook on June 12th, 2012 7:35 am

Bill and Ross and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Cathy and I taught together at Rheems for about 5-6 years. We would always joke about having birthdays close and turning 50 together her last year here at Rheems. I know her family was so important to her. Sometimes we would car pool when one of us had car issues (I just live over the hill on Canterbury Ct.) and we would alwys get on the topic of our families. And her dog at the time Boomer. I remember loaning her a children’s book of mine called “Boomer” one time. She was almost always smiling and laughing that infectious laugh. She will be missed by all of her Rheems family. My prayers are with you as you deal with this loss.

Condolence from Kelly Strunk on June 12th, 2012 8:41 am

I am truly sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

I would like to express my sincere condolences to you.

Sincerely,
Kelly Strunk

Condolence from Rita Battles on June 12th, 2012 9:12 am

Bill I am so sorry for your loss. Wanted you to know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
With deepest sympathy,
Rita

Condolence from Brenda Wing Olson on June 12th, 2012 9:40 am

To Bill and his family. I am deeply moved and saddened by your family’s loss. I met Cathy only a few times, but her overwhelmingly kindness and energy touched me. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Shannon Weir on June 12th, 2012 9:45 am

Bill –

I am very much in shock and deeply saddened by your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,
Shannon Weir

Condolence from Paul Gallagher on June 12th, 2012 9:46 am

Bill,
Anne and I were very sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing. We remember her fondly from our college years. Please accept our sincere sympathy for you and your family. AEKDB
Paul and Anne Gallagher

Condolence from Doug Rende on June 12th, 2012 10:26 am

Dear Bill & Ross:

On behalf of Mary and the entire Rende family I extend our heartfelt condolences on your loss. While time and distance has limited our contact, we retain the smile, the infectious laughter and the sincere goodwill that Cathy brought to our lives on the “West Island” and beyond.
During these diffuclt times may you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

With deepest sympathies,

Doug Rende

Condolence from Carol (Hawman) Ballard on June 12th, 2012 11:11 am

Dear Bill, Ross, Barb and Family,
I am so saddened to hear about Cathy, your wife and mom. Bill, having lived down the street in Shillington from your family through our entire school lives, I’ve known you a long time. But Cathy was the one who kept us in touch over the years. She included us in events and truly made us feel welcome when we moved back to the Lancaster area. Cathy’s personality made you feel like you were wrapped in hugs. I’m sure that she IS organizing something somewhere in her Heavenly duties! I loved that lady, and I will miss her.

Sincerely,
Carol

Condolence from Tom & Jean Libby on June 12th, 2012 12:00 pm

Bill,

Jean and I were so saddened to hear about Cathy. We will always remember her very fondly and all of the good times we had with you both when we lived in Montreal and Lancaster. You and Ross are in our prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Our deepest sympathy,
Tom & Jean

Condolence from John & Shirley Funk on June 12th, 2012 12:20 pm

Dear Bill,

John and I want to let you know we are thinking of you and your family today. We are so very sorry for the loss of your sweet wife and you have our deepest sympathies.

Sincerely,

John (BIS/AITS) and Shirley (Tax Dept.)
Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

Condolence from Brenda (Weitzel) Neidlinger on June 12th, 2012 12:33 pm

Dear Bill,
Having graduated from high school with both of you, I know Cathy was a special person back then, and from reading the posts, she touched many lives in her short time on earth. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Brenda

Condolence from Steve Kreider on June 12th, 2012 1:10 pm

Bill,

It saddens me greatly to hear of your loss. I am praying for you and Ross and the rest of the family. You know she is in a better place.

Steve

Condolence from Glenn Harner on June 12th, 2012 1:35 pm

Bill,…….I always enjoyed talking with Cathy and her leading the old Kappa Sigs in song (since us old timers forgot the words, she didn’t)….God Bless you and your family, and remember all the good times you’ve shared as a family.

Glenn and Deb Harner

Condolence from Kristy Rohrbaugh on June 12th, 2012 2:44 pm

Dear Bill:

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I didn’t have the opportunity to know Cathy personally, but your love for her shines through loud and clear in the loving way you described her life here. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Jerry Stine on June 12th, 2012 3:56 pm

Bill,
What can you say when you just lost your high school sweetheart, college sweetheart,wife, mother of your son, and soul mate.
Linda and I are sorry for your lost and are in our thoughts.

AEKDB

J Stine

Condolence from Hazel Geracimos on June 12th, 2012 5:10 pm

Dear Bill and family,

I was shocked to see Cathy’s obituary. I remember her as a bright, bubbly, lovely young lady. She brought joy to so many. Too young; too soon. Peace be with you. With deepest sympathy,
Mrs. Hazel Geracimos

Condolence from Anne Ferazzi, Harry Huge and Rich Neville on June 12th, 2012 6:11 pm

Bill,

I, along with my co-trustees, Harry and Rich, wish to express our sincere condolences to you on the loss of your wife, Cathy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anne

Condolence from Warren and Sandi Posey on June 13th, 2012 12:32 am

Bill,
We are thinking of you at this very sad time. What a shame we all never had that dinner together after those years of playing wine tag at Jethro’s. Hope to see you soon during one of my trips to Lancaster.
Take care,
Warren

Condolence from Carol & Howie Nelson on June 13th, 2012 9:58 am

We were so deeply saddened to learn of Cathy’s passing. We enjoyed our Rehoboth neighbor’s bright smile and sense of humor. She was always funny and warm. We will miss her.

Condolence from Richard & Suzanne Joncas on June 13th, 2012 10:11 am

Dear Bill,

I just want to let you know that we are thinking about you and your family. I will never forget when I had a chance to meet you and Cathy when we lived in Montreal. I will always remember her sweet and friendly personality.

Bon courage mon ami.

Richard Joncas

Condolence from Lori (Jarmoski) Hudson on June 13th, 2012 11:26 am

Dear Bill,

My heart aches for you and the sadness you and Ross must be feeling. May your faith bring you comfort and be the guide that eventually leads you to peace and understanding.

My sincere condolences.

Lori Hudson

Condolence from Dr. Keith A. and Susan Lauderbach on June 13th, 2012 3:26 pm

Words cannot express your heart-felt loss of Cathy. Your faith in Christ will get you, Ross and the family through this difficult time. Our great memories of Cathy, her work on the Christian Education committee and children’s programming at Salem UM remain special to us. All her endeavors were emblematic of Christ love and grace.Our thoughts and prayers remain with you all.

Condolence from Nicole Hu on June 14th, 2012 11:05 am

Dear Bill,

I was shocked to hear of Cathy’s passing. This must be very difficult for you. You and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers.

My deepest sympathies.

Nicole

Condolence from Ellen C Deutsch on June 15th, 2012 11:03 am

The news of Cathy’s death came as a complete shock. We here at The Keeshond Express will miss her very very much. She was thought of very fondly and highly by all the members.

Condolence from Chip Phillips on June 15th, 2012 5:44 pm

I, as a family member, have GREAT memories of watching them grow into a very inspiring & loving family. A family I’m proud to be part of. Aunt Cathy will be missed tremendously.

Condolence from Ellen Phillips on June 15th, 2012 5:49 pm

Cathy was such a warm & welcoming presence in our lives. We will honor her by ‘paying it forward’ all the gifts of love & words of wisdom that she has shown us. She will be sorely missed, but NEVER forgotten!

Condolence from Chip Phillips on June 15th, 2012 5:54 pm

I, as a family member, have GREAT memories of them growing up and becoming a very inspiring & loving family. I am proud to be part of this family. I will miss Aunt Cathy tremendously.

Condolence from Susan Ciranni on June 15th, 2012 6:37 pm

To the Rodruan Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your sudden loss. Cathy and I were to meet this spring, when she felt better. I am a member of The Keeshond Express living in the Harrisburg area and although I feel like I know her, am sorry we never met. I will remember her humor in telling stories of Boomer and Micah.

Condolence from Toni Myerburg on June 15th, 2012 9:07 pm

Bill, Ross & Barb,
I am so sad to learn of Cathy’s passing.
We have been “online” friends for years since meeting on AOL and sharing stories of our Keeshonden, her Shadow and my Dutch and then on to TKE when she got Boomer and I adopted Rosie.
I met her in person finally when she went with Barb to Marge White’s house in Butler to pick up Micah. She loved her dogs and especially looked forward to becoming a grandmother. Her family meant everything to her.
She was a wonderful person and friend and I will miss her.
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

Condolence from Linda Huntzinger Slafkovski on June 16th, 2012 8:08 am

Bill & Ross
I am so sad to hear of Cathy’s passing. What a treasure, that smile and ever ready “Mifflin athlete”.
We were out of the area last week – must give you a online ” HUG”…
May cherished memories help to heal your hearts.
With love and deepest sympathy.

Linda and Dennis

Condolence from Marilyn Baxter on June 16th, 2012 2:51 pm

Cathy was such a wonderful friend. When she came to Cornell with Boomer we had a great time at the dog park with Micah and Sundance. Everyone on The Keeshond Express loved her for her kindness, generosity and knowledge. Deep condolences to her whole family.

Condolence from Linda Meador on June 16th, 2012 6:56 pm

Bill, Ross and Barb

My heart aches for all of you, Cathy was a wonderful lady. I too, met Cathy through TKE even though we never met in person I felt I Knew her. She helped me when things where rough, just by her kind and witting ways. As we say on TKE Hugs & Paws to you all. RIP Cathy till we met again

Condolence from Susan Ecenrode on June 17th, 2012 12:02 am

Bill,

I am so extremely sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing. It is such an unbelievable shock. Cathy was an absolutely incredible person who was respected and loved by so many of us. She touched so many lives and will be sadly missed. I cherish many fond memories of times we spent together from little kids through adulthood. Take care of yourself and your family. May God bless all of you through this extremely difficult time. If there is anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Eckie

Condolence from Lesley Smolders on June 17th, 2012 4:38 am

Bill, Ross & Barb,

I was absolutely stunned to hear the news of Cathy. I never met her but even though I am on the other side of the World in Australia knew Cathy through TKE over quite a number of years. She was so kind, knowledgeable and understanding to all on TKE. She will be so missed by her TKE family. My thoughts are with you all.

Condolence from Patti Willett on June 19th, 2012 12:38 am

Dear Bill, Ross, and Barb,

I also met Cathy through TKE, and I loved her warmth, heartfelt advice, and her unique way of looking at life. I was very shocked and saddened by her passing, and I will miss her terribly. You have the prayers of me and my family, and our most sincere condolences. Please hug each other for us.

Condolence from Gary Kraft on June 19th, 2012 1:16 pm

Dear Bill,

I can’t imagine how you are feeling with the loss of such a wonderful life partner as Cathy. God bless both you and Ross and know that each each memory of Cathy is a reflection of how much she was loved!!

Condolence from Paula Conklin on June 19th, 2012 6:50 pm

Bill, Ross, and Barb
I met Cathy through TKE also. Even though I only knew her a little while, I feel like I’ve known her forever. I am very sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Bruce and Marjanne Meyer on June 25th, 2012 10:08 pm

Bill, Marjanne and I were getting ready for our vacation when we heard the terrible news. Both Marjanne and I offer our heartfelt condolences and while in flight to Europe had you and Ross in our prayers. Marjanne was my high school sweetheart as well and we too were married in 1977 and I cannot imagine what you are going through. Cathy was a fine lady and we were both honored to have met her.

Condolence from Kathy (Heiser) Baker on August 15th, 2012 9:10 pm

Bill,

I was so saddened to hear this news. It has been a long time, but old friends are forever. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kathy

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