Cathy Yocum Doremus, 75, of Lititz passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at UPMC Lititz Hospital. She was the loving wife of Daniel Doremus. Born on Christmas Day, 1947 in Clearfield, PA she was the daughter of the late David E. and Hazel B. (Bailey) Yocum. A 1965 graduate of Clearfield Area Senior High School, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from West Liberty State University (1970). She also received a M.Ed. Degree in Vocational Education from Penn State University (1974) and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from North Carolina Central University (2000). For five years she taught Business Education at Kane (PA) Area High School.
In her spare time, Cathy was a voracious reader (four book clubs), completed the New York Times Crossword Puzzle daily, enjoyed numerous jigsaw puzzles, and played Mahjong and pinochle with her friends. She also enjoyed many trips to Duck, NC on the Outer Banks.
She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Lancaster where she served on many committees, volunteered for the Anchor Breakfast Program and the Women’s Shelter. Cathy also volunteered at the UPMC – Lititz Hospital Gift Shop. She was Vice President of the Lititz Woman’s Club, past Treasurer of the Lititz Historical Society, past member of the Lititz Library Board, and member of The Council of Friends of Public Libraries.
In addition to her husband, Dan, she is survived by a daughter, Claudia E. Beck (Mark) of Sunbury, PA and son, Chad L. Colwell and his daughter, Burdie, of Asheville, NC. Also surviving are three brothers David L. Yocum (Connie), Dennis E. Yocum (Carol), Robert G. Yocum, four nieces and one nephew, six great nieces and two great nephews, and two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Cathy’s Celebration of Life on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 11:30 AM at First United Methodist Church, 29 East Walnut St., Lancaster, PA 17602. A viewing will be held at the church from 9:30 AM until the start of the service. A private burial will follow. To view the service virtually, please click the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/cathy-doremus
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Cathy’s memory may be made to First United Methodist Church of Lancaster at the address above. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.DeBordSnyder.com
Susan Bender says
Cathy was a long time special friend of mine during our Junior High & HS years. Spent many hours at her home at Ogden Ave. She faithfully sent me a birthday card. So sorry to hear of her illness & passing. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Prayers & God bless you all!
Gail Alexander says
I am extremely saddened to have read of Cathy’s death.
Remembering her as the dearest of friends, a dedicated Silent Samaritan volunteer and a loving advocate for those in need.
I’ll miss her deeply.
Sending peace and comfort to you and your family.
Peggy Dean says
So sorry for your loss, Dan. You and family are in My payers.
Michelle Deibler says
Cathy was a valued volunteer at UPMC. She served with panache. She was clothed in dignity and spoke with conviction of her faith in the Lord. We offer our sincere sorrow for your loss.
MaryAnne Cullen says
Cathy had a beautiful smile and a heart of gold. She always made you feel special and loved. I will be praying for you all.
Linda Landis says
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Cathy. I’m sorry I was unaware of her illness. Please know I’m keeping you and your family in my prayers.
Gail S Horrocks says
I am honored to have known Cathy. Her poise, beauty and brillance were attributes I admired.
Thank you for your life Cathy.
Guy and Christiane says
It is with great sadness that Guy and I learned about Cathy’s passing. We are sending our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Shirley Flickinger says
Dan and family, Cathy was one of a kind, she was always kind, had a smile, even through her illness, she smiled! I am so glad that I could call her friend, such a wonderful person. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Lots of love and hugs! Shirley Flickinger
Beverly Ackley Nicklas says
Cathy Yocum was my Business Education teacher at Kane High School. She was a warm, caring person and a very special teacher. I remember her fondly and was saddened when I learned of her passing. She always believed the best in others and was a great role model. She was a huge influence in my young life, causing me to strive to be the same kind of person that she was. I’m positive she has touched many more lives than her family and friends will ever know. Rest in peace, Cathy, and thank you for giving me hope.
Linda Mack says
My heartfelt condolences and sympathy go out to the family of Cathy. She was truly beautiful inside and out. Cathy lit up a room as soon as she entered it. We were friends for many years. I will always treasure the memories of that friendship and hold them close in my heart. Till we meet again, Cathy. God Bless you and rest in peace.
Nadena Ament says
Dan and family,
I had the pleasure of getting to know Cathy through a Silent Samaritan committee at the Samaritan Counseling Center. She was a joy to be with. Her optimism and sensibility were wonderful attributes. She was a one-of-a-kind.
Peace and grace,
Larry and Gloria Wurster says
Dear Dan and family,
We are sorry to hear about Cathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. From your neighbors on Oden Avenue, Clearfield.
It is with great saddened to hear about Cathy’s passing. I am glad to have volunteered with and gotten to know her at UPMC. May she rest in peace.
Bill Brackbill says
Thoughts and prayers to the family. God Bless. Bill Brackbill
Joyce Gehman says
Our most heartfelt sympathy during this time of loss. We were unaware of her illness but want you, Dan, to know you are in our prayers! This journey will not be easy but our Lord and Savior will be by your side!
Terry & Joyce Gehman
Rev. Larry D. Leister says
Your family is in my prayers as you grieve your loss.
Judy and Steve Iovino says
I think you know how sad we are over Cathy’s passing. We know you are devastated but please know our thoughts and prayers are with you today and we’ll continue always to be there for you when you need us.
Cathy was a bright light and a blessing to everyone’s life she touched. She was so kind and had such a positive outlook on life, even through all of her health issues. We are all better for our lives having been touched by her.
Judy and Steve
Beth Wade says
My condolences and prayers to Dr. Doremus and family. May you find strength in the prayers of friends and family.