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Catherine (Katie) Sakraida

Catherine (Katie) Sakraida, 91, passed away peacefully Thur-sday, April 24, 2014 at her foster home in Medford, Oregon.

Catherine was born July 20, 1922 at the home of her parents, John and Philomena Louie in Big Springs, California.

Catherine attended St. Mary's Academy in Medford and left during the seventh grade. She then went to live with her oldest sister, Mary Agnes, in Oakland, California. She graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in 1941. She continued to live in Oakland for three years working for the Southern Pacific Railroad. On September 15, 1945 she married Vincent T. Sakraida at Holy Family Catholic Church in Weed, California. They made their first home in Provolt, Oregon working a dairy farm. In 1959, they moved their family into Medford. For 23 years Catherine worked for the Medford Clinic in various clerical jobs. She retired in 1984 and enjoyed her retirement with her husband, Vincent, now deceased. She enjoyed cooking and baking and was famous for her Christmas candy boxes.

Catherine is survived by her three children and their families, Steven (Joanne) Sakraida of Portland, Ore.; Kathy (John) Garner of Central Point, Ore., and Christine (Dennis) Munson of Forest Grove, Ore. She is also survived by her sister, Elsie Sakraida of Medford, Ore.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent, in 2010; brother, Ellis Louis; and sisters, Mary Agnes Davis and Gertrude

Sakraida.

Family and friends are invited to the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Perl Funeral Home, Medford. A funeral Mass will be offered at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church in Central Point.

Catherine's family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to Dirk and Ginny, Vera and Henrietta of Apple Hill Foster Care, and all the staff at Providence Hospice for the exceptional care given to their mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shepherd of the Valley Building Fund or Providence Hospice.