Catherine W. Washburn Seriously ill for the past year and a patient at A. Barton Hospital, Ogdensburg for the last six weeks, Mrs. Catherine Norah Whalen Washburn, WAC veteran and wife of Merton D. Washburn, 124 Grove St., died at 10:30am Saturday.
A daughter of Leon and Mary Downey Whalen, Mrs. Washburn was born in Gouveneur May 25, 1919. She attended Gouverneur Grammar school and graduated from Gouverneur High School in June 1936 as class salutatorian. In 1937 she graduated from Deibert's Business school, Philadelphia. Employed by Ward D. Howard following graduation from Business school she later took a position as secretary for B. O. Kinney, Inc in Gouverneur.
In the years prior to the war, Mrs. Washburn was active in young peoples' organizations. She was one of the founders and strongest supporters of the Gouverneur Stagers, a Little Theatre group which operated successfully here for several years.
One of the first north country women to enlist in the Women's Army Corps, Mrs. Washburn enlisted Aug 5, 1943 and underwent basic training in Florida, later being sent to Dallas, Tex. Discharged from the service Jan 14, 1946, she was awarded the American theater campaign medal, good conduct medal, victory ribbon and the W.A.C. service ribbon. After leaving the army she returned to her position with Kinneys.
On Sept 21, 1947 she married Merton Dean Washburn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawson Washburn, at St. James church. Rev. Frederick P. Diviney, pastor performed the ceremony.
Funeral services were held at 10:00am Tuesday from St James Church, a requiem high mass celebrated by Rev F. P. Diviney, pastor with burial in the old St. James cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Whalen, Gouverneur; two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Margaret) Storrin, Gouverneur; Mrs. B. W> (Helen) Phillips, Charleston, S.C. one brother, James Whalen, Gouverneur and five nieces and nephews.
Note: New York Tec4 1800 SV COMD Unit; World War II