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Catherine Holmes

d. September 30, 2023

Catherine Holmes, age 89, of Sherman, formerly of Williamsville, passed away on Saturday September 30, 2023 at Villa Health Care West in Sherman, Illinois.

She was born on March 30, 1934 in Stafford, England, the daughter of John and Ivy Wilson.

Catherine married Harry Holmes on August 23,1952 in St. Luke’s West Derby in Liverpool, England.  He preceded her in death in 2016.

Mourning her passing are one son, Glen (wife Nancy) Holmes of Williamsville; one daughter, Dawn Holmes (companion Jack Albert) of Lincoln; two grandchildren, Brian (wife Kelsie) Holmes of Williamsville and Dr. Lisa (husband Steven Zittergruen) of Decorah, IA; four great-grandchildren, Brody and Eleanor Holmes, Soren anbd Vera Zittergruen; sisters, June Dunning and Jacquie Gardner; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by a sister, Dawn and a brother, Paul.

Catherine attended the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman, Illinois.

She loved to garden and enjoyed collecting glassware.

Visitation for Catherine will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 9:00 until time of funeral services at 10:00 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery at 11:00 AM in Springfield, Illinois.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Williamsville Library and Museum.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Sending my condolences to Catherine’s children, grandchildren, & great grandchildren. I know they will miss her dearly. I have such wonderful memories of Aunt Catherine from my childhood. She was so kind hearted and always made me feel welcome whenever we visited.

  2. Glen, Nancy & Family,

    Roger and I are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you strength, comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Although distance has kept us apart, Aunt Catherine’s love and laughter shall live on within us. Her memory will always carry a smile in our hearts. May comfort and peace surround you through this time.

  4. So sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing. She was a great friend to my mom, Jane Kirby. I always enjoyed visiting with her and her sharing her family pictures and stories. She was very proud of all of you! She had one of the sweetest souls of anyone I know.

  5. Our lovely Aunt Catherine—such a lovely and prominent part of our lives. With her pronounced British accent, endless offers of tea from the kettle, and perky mannerisms, she will be missed by all of us forever. Ta ta, aunt Catherine.

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