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Catherine  Marzec

Catherine Lorraine Marzec (Ericson)

Sunday, May 18th, 1952 - Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
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Catherine Lorraine Marzec (Ericson) was born on May 18, 1952, in San Diego, CA, to Robert Ericson and Betty Darlene Vannaman. She was a 1970 graduate of Crawford High School and took classes in psychology at Grossmont College, in San Diego. As a young professional, Cathy worked in billing and admissions/reservations for medical offices and as assistant to the library director at the University of California, San Diego. On May 19, 1985, she married the love of her life, Freddy (Fred) Marzec, and on June 2, 1987, she gave birth to a daughter, Kristin Paige Marzec. The family moved from San Diego to Topeka, Kansas, in 1992, and Cathy began work in the Human Resources department at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas as a Benefits Administrator. Throughout her life, she enjoyed a variety of hobbies, including sewing & crafts, gardening, reading, cooking, and interior decorating. Each of her homes was beautifully decorated with country decor, thanks to her keen eye for design, and delicious homecooked meals were a guarantee. She loved hosting annual Thanksgiving dinners, and she always looked forward to attending gatherings with family and friends. Cathy was a truly beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about those around her, and she frequently went above & beyond to help those in need – through everyday personal interactions and through formal volunteer work. Even at the times when she found herself struggling personally, she put on her beautiful smile and used her immense strength to persevere. She was a great inspiration and source of comfort to all who knew her, and her impact on even the most casual of acquaintances was significant.



On January 14, 2020, Cathy passed away due to sudden health complications, but she was surrounded by close friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Fred Marzec; daughter, Kristin Marzec; future son-in-law, Matthew (Matt) DeBlasis; honorary “son”, Paul McElroy; brother, Michael Ericson; nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family; and countless lifelong friends who cherished her deeply. She was the greatest mother, wife, and friend a person could ask for, and she will be missed every day. Her family would like to extend a very heartfelt “thank you” to all of those who loved her and made her life meaningful and bright.



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As Cathy was an avid animal lover (especially cats), her family has decided to honor her memory via directing loved ones to give a memorial donation to a local charity, Foster Army Animal Rescue & Thrift Store (based in Riverside, CA). FAAR is an amazing organization with a truly inspiring mission. All proceeds from the thrift store and all donations go toward paying the medical bills and expenses for animals that FAAR takes off the euthanasia list at shelters. Cathy loved FAAR & its mission, and she even helped by volunteering her time to do laundry for the animals and shopping at the thrift store.



While a donation can be made online, it is best to email Leslie Holzrichter at leslie@fosterarmy.org for memorial donation support, or call the thrift store directly at (951) 222-2104 & ask for Karen Z. or Leslie. Checks can also be made out directly to the organization and sent to their address at 3711 Central Ave, Riverside, CA, 92506. Please include a note that indicates the donation is in memory of Cathy Marzec.



Cathy’s family sincerely thanks any and all individuals who would like to honor her memory in this way.
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Kira DeBlasis

Posted at 04:06pm
Robert and I did not know Cathy well...yet. We were looking forward to knowing her. With Kristin becoming a part of our family, we were looking forward to both Cathy and Fred also becoming part of our family. This is what we will miss. We feel the loss for what might have been. We send our love to Kristin and Fred.
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Paul Harris

Posted at 06:13am
Cathy was always so positive, upbeat, and a loyal friend who had your back. She could bring one out of a funk with her humor, but if you needed to seriously unload she was always there. And she liked practical jokes, one of my favorite was when email was relatively new. Cathy impersonated the second highest up in our organization and said she needed to talk to me about possible misuse of the email system, at my earliest convenience. For a full day I was between, “this has to be a joke” and “oh my god; I’m sweating bullets.” I got Cathy back when we schemed against her that I got her daughter to smoke pot and lose her virginity to some random guy in Tijuana. Of course neither joke was real. Love and miss you, Cathy.
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Brent and Judi Lawson

Posted at 09:18pm
I am so blessed to have known Cathy. As my sister's treasured best friend, over the years she became an "extra" sister and a wonderful member of our family. Time spent with Cathy was typically spent in laughter. She will be painfully missed by our family. To Fred - your commitment to Cathy (I witnessed your vows twice) was a inspiring. To her amazing daughter Kristin - you are a lovely tribute to your mother. We love you.
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Matthew Marzec

Posted at 03:01pm
I love and miss my aunt Cathy! I was so happy when she moved back to California and was able to spend time with her (watching the Super Bowl, lunch after church, & so on). You were a wonderful person and will be missed dearly.
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