Catherine Anne Gonzalez

11 enero , 195619 abril , 2019

LEXINGTON – Catherine Anne Gonzalez, 63, departed Friday, April 19, 2019, at her residence. Born in Richmond, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Dorothy (nee Myers) Gonzalez. Cathy, a compassionate and giving person, started her adult life in X-ray and Nuclear Medicine Imaging in 1974 at Richmond Memorial and Hillcrest Hospitals. After her clinical engagement, she rose to regional and national account manager positions in the medical imaging and therapeutic treatment arena. Her attention to detail produced many top performer awards from such companies as Medi-Physics, Amersham Healthcare, Picker International and Philips Medical. One of her proudest achievements, while at Amersham Healthcare, was her instrumental role in the growth and acceptance of the Iodine-125 seed implant process for the treatment of prostate cancer. Early in adulthood, Cathy's personal time was dedicated to car racing and motorcycles. She loved to go fast! She frequently exercised her first sports car, a 1979 Mazda RX-7, and was a course finisher in the 1986 “One Lap of America” race. She was especially proud of her custom Fatboy and Heritage, Harley Davidson motorcycles, of which she rode solo at every opportunity. No small feat when one considers she was only 5 feet 2 and 110 pounds! She unabashedly led the Harley Haven's, Ladies of Harley group for several years and was included as a featured rider in Sasha Mullins' “Bikerlady – Living & Riding Free!”, a 2003 book celebrating women's passion for motorcycles. However, Cathy's biggest love was her daughter Olivia, who she bragged upon incessantly. She never missed an opportunity to show pictures and detail Olivia's latest adventure. In her last years at home, Cathy was showered with the love and companionship of her two favorite canines; first, Harley and later, Ivy. Both blue-eyed pups, they helped navigate her through the loss of most of her eye sight. Never one to give up, Cathy continued to work at a nearby Publix. The ability to work and maintain her independence, with the continuing support of a circle of family and friends, sustained her throughout her last days. She is survived by her daughter, Olivia J. Grabowski; a brother, Henry J. Gonzalez; her godfather, Percy Pickral and numerous cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. The family would like to gather your favorite memory(s) of Cathy. Please post a memory on the website or bring note card to the reception. At a later date, Cathy will be inurned next to her mother in Richmond, Virginia, at the Greenwood Memorial Gardens, East Magnolia Section. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to either A Second Chance Animal Shelter ( or The American Federation of the Blind ( “When life has you down – look UP.”


  • Memorial Service sábado, 1 junio , 2019
  • Reception following the service sábado, 1 junio , 2019


Catherine Anne Gonzalez


Karen M Franz

10 junio , 2019

I met Cathy when she joined us at the Headquarters of Amersham Medi Physics in Arlington Heights, IL ; Cathy was to head up the I 125 seeds promotion. She was a consummate professional and worked very hard to help in the success of the product. Cathy was very friendly to everyone,
So sorry to hear of her passing and am so glad Cathy had a chance to be close to her daughter, Oliva.
God Bless her and Rest In Peace Dear One.
Karen M Franz

Bobbi and Ron Thompson

1 junio , 2019

Cathy, we were lucky enough to meet you at Publix. You always had a smile and greeting for us! You never wanted us to take our cart to the car and, if we did, you’d follow us and take the cart.

When I came shopping without Ron, I’d drive my Miata, and you’d tell me about your Miata and adventures with it and your Harley. I remember one day being in the store and being called to the courtesy desk. You had asked them to page me because I left the top down and it had started to rain. Thanks for taking care of me and helping with our cart. Of course we are dog people like you. I know Ivy misses you, but she is loved! 🐾♥️🐾

We admired your energy and positive attitude. We are lucky to have known you and will miss you!

Bobbi and Ron Thompson

Marjory Gates

31 mayo , 2019

Cathy, you fought the good fight and battled a lot of health issues right to the end.. I miss and appreciated your phone calls checking up on us couple times a week, as our health these past couple years has not been good, and we did not see each other as much...We were friends just over 20 years when I became your sitter for Olivia and we got to lunch when we could, especially Indian food which you enjoyed so favorite memory was coming home after volunteer was here with my husband in hospice care, to find out two ladies from Publix had been and brought us several bags of goodies, knew right away it was Cathy and Nancy! Such a lovely gesture to brighten our day....may you RIP my friend. Always in our hearts.

Susan Till

21 mayo , 2019

I Met Cathy at Publix. She was so sweet to me and my son from the first day We met her. Cathy would always ask about me and my family if she had not seen us in awhile. She was a great friend and was good to everyone she helped. Cathy I hope you know how much Stevie and I miss you and Loved you.

Laura Peel

19 mayo , 2019

I met Cathy about a year ago when a mutual friend asked me if I would be willing to take her to rescue a dog. A dog lover myself,we instantly bonded and I was happy to take care of Ivy while she was in the hospital. I called her "wonder woman" and she laughed but I was serious. I was always amazed at her determination and her positive attitude. She taught me a lot in the short time I knew her. I will be forever grateful! Love and miss you!🙏

Sherry Privette

19 mayo , 2019

I met Cathy several years ago at Publix. I loved her from the start. She would recognize my voice and say “ I can’t see you to good but I know that is my Sherry”!!! You will forever be in my heart Ms. Cathy; love you❤️

Fletcher Spigner III

17 mayo , 2019

God bless this family.