Cathy Lynn (Andersen) Van Winkle
April 15, 1951 – August 29, 2023
Cathy was born in Iowa Falls, IA to Grant and Kate Andersen, and grew up near Popejoy, IA on a 1,000 acre farm. She graduated from Alden Iowa High School in 1969 with Honors, multiple state and national academic and athletic awards, including lettering for 4 years in basketball, track and softball.
She attended college on scholarship at Midwest College in Denison, IA, for one year andthen 3 years at Iowa State University, earning degrees in Mathematics and Physics, where she was on the dean’s list all quarters (except for the quarter she met Chuck) and graduated with distinction in 1973. She played athletics throughout college and was a member of the ISU Softball Team where she excelled and played in the first ever Women’s College World Series held in Omaha in 1971.
After college Chuck and Cathy married September 2, 1973, and moved to Chicago for their first jobs. She worked as an Accountant and their first child was born (Chaz). In 1979 they moved to Omaha where their second child (Cara) was born and raised their family. Cathy taught math at Millard South High School for 25 years, retiring in 2007. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School at her church. Because of her distinctive teaching style and last name, we consistently run into her past students wishing her well and appreciative of her mentorship. In 2010, Cathy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease to which she succumbed with her husband by her side.
Cathy valued family and was dedicated to their well being, from raising her children to participating in holiday celebrations with her 10 siblings (and their families) making for epic Christmas gatherings. She is survived by her husband, Chuck; son, Chaz (Becky); daughter, Cara (Mike); granddaughter, Rian; grandsons: Charlie, Colton, Drew, and Ryder; sisters: Judy (Gabb) Andersen, Bev Ford, Gloria (Tom) Zimmerman, Darla Andersen; brother, Dale (Kathy) Andersen; step-brothers, Kelly and Marshall Christensen. She is preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Ray Christensen; brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Anita Andersen; brother, John (Diane) Andersen; step-brother, Jeff Christensen. We rejoice that she now rests with Jesus. Clothed in Christ’s righteousness in baptism and redeemed by his saving death. Cathy remained steadfast in the confidence of His resurrection and the peace which only Jesus can give. May His peace and presence comfort us in Cathy’s absence.
Visitation is Friday, September 1, 2023 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7706 S 96th St, La Vista, NE. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 2nd at 11:00 a.m., at Beautiful Savior. Luncheon immediately follows.
Cathy’s grandson, Drew Sillman (Cara), suffers from Batten Disease, a very rare genetic disorder that affects the brain and nervous system. In lieu of flowers , memorials can be directed to either Batten Disease Research (Childhood dementia) at: Batten 4 Drew at https://www.facebook.com/batten4drew/ or, Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/
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