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Cathy A. Woodhouse, age 61, of Dover, Delaware, passed away on October 2, 2018 from complications due to her cancer surrounded by her family at Bayhealth Kent General.
Cathy was born on April 8, 1957 to Jack Strimel and Anna Knotts Strimel of Cheswold. Cathy grew up attending the Cheswold United Methodist Church where she was the 5th generation to worship there. Cathy graduated from Dover High School in 1975. In 1977, Cathy started working at Bank of Delaware, currently known as PNC Bank. She worked there for 33 years starting out as a teller and working her way up to Vice-President of Business Banking. Cathy was a people person with an infectious smile and a big personality. She really enjoyed helping people and talking with them and getting to know them. She wanted to educate people. She was very proud when she received a service award from PNC Bank and was able to choose her donation to go to Hospice. After retiring from PNC Bank, she started working at First State CPA. Cathy did a lot of networking and met so many co-workers and clients that they became her family and lifelong friends even to this day.
She also did a lot of volunteering throughout the community. She was currently President of the Leipsic Homemakers. She loved antique shopping and decorating for all the seasons. Her greatest joy in her life was in 1998 when her nephew, Sean, was born. She enjoyed being with him and was like his second mother. She loved going to his races and watching him swim, bike and run.
Cathy was preceded in death by her daughter, Erin Elizabeth Reed, who passed away as an infant in 1975. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Cliff Strimel in 1994 and her father, Jack Strimel in 1995.
Cathy is survived by her husband, William Woodhouse, her mother, Anna Strimel, her sister, Cindy Saxton (Joe) and her nephew, Sean Saxton. She is also survived by many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Cathy’s life will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Faries Funeral Home, 29 S. Main St. Smyrna, Delaware at 12 pm, where friends may visit beginning at 10 am. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Smyrna.
We would like to thank all of Cathy’s friends and family who showed her and her family compassion and loving support over the last few years of her illness.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Cheswold United Methodist Church, PO Box 191, Cheswold, Delaware 19936, in remembrance of Cathy and her fight against cancer.
Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome.com.