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“To all of Catherine's family, I have known Catherine since I was a teenager many years ago. She was one of the sweetest, kindest, soft spoken woman I...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Patty Hannam - Albia, IA - Friend

“To Catherine's family, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, grandma, great grandma, aunt and friend. You family is in my thoughts and...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Marcee Brand - Waukee, IA

“We are sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother and Grandmother ( Also Great). She was a lovely and kind lady. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Rebecca Jackson and Family - OH

“I met Catherine when she visited jim at the Oakwood Nursing Home. My dad, Fred Jones, was Jim's roommate. Catherine was a lovely person who was...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Patricia Shaw - Birmingham, IA

“Sending my thoughts and prayers to all of you. Wish I could be there to see you but with the weather as it is I know it is best I stay in. Love to...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Lou Rinehart - Albia, IA

“Mom; your the best mother a person could ever ask for. So many great memories, maybe I was the most spoiled of our bunch,the youngest is suppose to...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Phil Lynch - New Lenox, IL - Son

“To the Lynch Family, My condolences to your family. Aunt Catherine always had a sweet smile on her face, that she shared with all. Her quiet nature...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: JoAnn Murphy Jackson - Rose Hill, IA

“Aunt Catherine you have been and always will be very special to me. I do have so many wonderful memories while growing up of being at your house or...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Jo Wright - MT.PLEASANT, IA

“Mom, I sure will miss my lunch hour visits with you! Aging with dignity was so hard for you this last year but you never ever complained! You were...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Rita - Albia, IA - Family

“So sorry to hear about Catherine. I really didn't know her very well..but she sure was a sweet lady. ”
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Catherine E. Lynch, age 93, of Albia, died Sunday, January 31, 2016 (on her husband's 100th birthday) at Monroe County Hospital in Albia surrounded by her family.

Catherine was born March 20, 1922 in Weller, Iowa to Con and Frances (Fitzgerald) O'Brien. She graduated from Albia High School, class of 1941. She was in the top 10% of her class. After graduation, she continued her education to obtain her teaching certificate. On November 27, 1951 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Weller, Iowa, Catherine married James W. Lynch. They shared 54 years together in Albia where they raised their seven children.

Catherine taught at Butcher School for ten years (1941-51) before marriage. After Catherine's children were all in school, she began working at Chamberlain Manufacturing in Albia where she retired after 16 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Albia. Family was most important in her life. Catherine enjoyed reading books, crossword puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles. She was an avid Hawkeye fan. Catherine enjoyed following all of her family's sports activities. She was humble, kind, and fair to everyone. Catherine also believed strongly in her faith and the power of prayer.

Catherine is survived by four daughters, Peggy (Dave) Harrington of Ottumwa, Kay (John) Vandello of Ottumwa, Rita (Bob) Coughlin of Georgetown, and Jeannie Bettis of Albia; three sons, James W. Lynch, Jr. of Ottumwa, Patrick Lynch of Oskaloosa, and Philip Lynch (Joanne) of New Lenox, IL; fourteen grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; and her sister, Lucille Lahart of Georgetown. Catherine was a favorite aunt to many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Lynch; her parents, Con and Frances O'Brien; four sisters, Gertrude O'Brien, Hannah Murphy, Rose Scieszinski, and Monica O'Neill; three brothers, Pat O'Brien, Ed O'Brien, and Gerald O'Brien; a grandson, Christopher Lynch; and one step-great grandchild, Taylor Steele.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Albia, with Father Michael E. Volkmer, C.PP.S. officiating. Burial will follow services at St. Mary's Cemetery in Albia.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Catherine's family present throughout the afternoon and evening. A 4:00 p.m. rosary will be led by St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society and a wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m.

A memorial has been established to Tenco Industries or the families' wishes.