On Sept. 2, 2014, Catherine Aurelia Kinney (Wittevrongel) (Stevenson) passed away gently at age 99 in Green Valley, Ariz.
She was born on Tuesday, May 18, 1915, to Francis Kinney and Mary Grennan Kinney in East Moline, Ill. She spent a brief part of her childhood in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., before returning to East Moline. She was the first of nine children.
In 1937, she married Marcel Albert Wittevrongel in East Moline. They had four children whom they raised in East Moline, Springfield and Granite City. Catherine was widowed in 1976 and lived in Granite City until retirement in 1980. She moved to Green Valley, Ariz., where in 1983, she married Wallace Stevenson, formerly of East Alton.
Catherine worked for 10 years in admissions for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Granite City, and then as an educational secretary for the Granite City School District from 1966 until 1980. She was an active member of the Illinois Association of Educational Secretaries (IAES), serving as president for two years. She also was a board member for the National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP) and continued her involvement after retirement. In Green Valley she was an active member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. In the early 1990s, she participated in establishing a court of the Catholic Daughters of America in the parish and served as regent for several years. In retirement, Catherine became a world traveler.
Catherine was survived by her four children, Cathleen Ann Hall of Woodstock, Ill.; Shelley (Mary Frances) Wittevrongel of Boulder, Colo.; James Wittevrongel of Augsburg, Germany; and Elizabeth Johnson of Chadron, Neb. Also surviving Catherine are three sisters, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands, Marcel Wittevrongel and Wallace Stevenson; four brothers, one sister, and one grandson. (Her daughter Cathleen Hall passed away on Sept. 19, 2014.)
Catherine had two Masses of Christian Burial: at Our Lady of the Valley (Green Valley) on Sept. 4th and at St. Anne’s (East Moline) on Sept. 6; she was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in East Moline next to Marcel Wittevrongel. Memorials in her name can be sent to the Catholic Daughters of America, Arizona Chapter, care of Our Lady of the Valley Church, 505 N La Canada Dr, Green Valley, AZ 85614. Correspondence can be sent to The Wittevrongel Family, 1547 Quince Ave., Boulder, CO 80304.