April 4, 1963 – May 5, 2018
Catherine Provenzano-Marquez, age 55 of Hanover Park. Beloved wife of Joseph Marquez; cherished mother to Jennifer, Rebecca and Patricia; loving grandmother of Olivia, Sophia, Gabriel, Isabella, Alysa, Giovanni, Celianna, Sylis, Miley, Carmen, Aracelli and Christian; dearest daughter of Rosemarie (Frank) Cabrera and Carmen Sr. (Barb) Provenzano; fond sister of Carmen Jr. (Therese) and Anthony (Una); caring aunt of Michelle, Lauren, Gino and many other nieces and nephews; adored daughter-in-law of Tony Marquez and the late Helen Skowronek; proud long-time nurse at Rush University Medical Center. Visitation Thursday 3-9pm and Friday 2-8pm. Funeral Mass Saturday, 10:30am at SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, 608 Sobieski Street in Lemont.
- Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
- Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018
- Funeral Mass Saturday, May 12, 2018
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May 13, 2018
You never told me you were leaving, so I never got to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it and only God knows why.
No words I write can ever say how much I miss you everyday, as time goes bye the loneliness grows, how much I miss you no one will ever know.
I can still feel your warm embrace and see the image of your loving face.
Sometimes I hear you whispering to me through the gentle breeze, but then I realize its just a memory.
Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday just by walking down memory lane.
My only comfort is that from pain you found relief, it's like my mind knows you're in a better place, somewhere where there is no pain.
It's hard to wrap my mind around it all so I can stop my heart from aching, so I tell myself I'll see you soon and when I do I'll shower all my love on you.
Oh and don't forget that great big hugs and kisses are long overdue....
You never did wrong, you never hurt nobody, could be why God took you in a hurry. I know death leaves a pain nobody can heal, but your love leaves a memory nobody can steal.
Yesterday it rained of all days, I was mad at first because I felt you deserved a beautiful day to be put to rest, so I kept asking myself why, but then I opened my eyes and realized that it was probably just you crying because you were so happy to see how loved you truly are. I know I really felt your love, everytime I'd talk to you on the phone you'd make sure to tell me before we hung up. I still hate the fact God took you from us so soon but I understand why, because you've touched so many different peoples lives that he wants you up there with him to be the little baby Angel's mommy. You were a true inspiration to me because of how caring you were and you make me want to be a better version of myself. Which is why I want to finish this by saying thank you, and that I'll someday join you on that rainbow in the sky where we can talk about all the stupid stuff you see me do in the future. I love you with all my heart!!!!
May 12, 2018
I awoke from a deep sleep today with memories of You. Your beautiful smile. Your Ice blue crystal eyes, they were always twinkling. Yesterday I visited you, but it was a shell of you. The real you had left this earth. There were visions of you eating meatballs, spaghetti and home made bread with Grandma Zano. She was telling you to , "Eat, you look too thin".
Throughout your Health ordeal we cried buckets of tears. However you showed us how to face adversity. Just look at the people you love and maybe people we really do not know and give them love, kindness, ask how they are! And I learned something about you from everyone , that you loved to sing. I never knew this. You were full of surprises.
The day Aunt Dorothy went to see Grandma Zano and sit at the imaginary table in my dreams, we were there to say goodbye and support our cousins. I walked you to your car afterward and you were very tired and we stopped a few times. Finally , Vulnerability, Something you never showed and you told me you were not a candidate for a transplant. I tried to reason how this could be and there must be a way but you convinced me you had tried hard. It was possibly one of the saddest days of my life. Just losing an Aunt who showed so many of the same qualities and cared about everyone more than herself, like her Mother, Grandma Zano. This was too much for my heart. We hugged
and cried a little and I knew that your Journey was limited at that moment.
So, Today heaven is a better place. I believe I heard this beautiful voice, singing loudly. You have taught us all, Humility, Bravery, and how to be the greatest human being we can, while on earth. I know you have instilled in me to love people more and not to worry about my problems. Do all we can daily.
You and Joe came into each others life for a reason. God put you together and our family thanks you . Look forward to seeing you at the spaghetti and meatball table. Your loving cousin Jimmy Cochrane.
May 10, 2018
Cathy has been a treasure in my life. I am blessed to have worked alongside her at Rush for so many years. She was a fantastic nurse. She loved her patients and she loved her fellow nurses fiercely. She would have us singing, dancing and laughing - especially on payday Fridays when she would delight us with her rousing rendition of "Just Got Paid"! She really did find the best in every day. She always saw nursing as a privilege and I am reminded how hard she fought to come back to nursing at Rush many years ago as a younger woman and how she continued to fight to stay with the career she loved and her treasured Rush family.
Not only did Cathy find the best in every day, she found the best in people as well. Cathy didn't just look for the best in people - she told them! She never missed an opportunity to tell her friends how much they meant to her, how important they were and how much she loved them. She would remind me over and over again to the point that I actually believed I had something wonderful to offer the world.
It was so wonderful to watch Cathy find and marry the love of her life, Joe. Her smile and beautiful eyes became even brighter. They lived a life of love toward one another that was so very precious. My mind's-eye picture of Cathy at her most joyful is of the two of them on some beach somewhere with the sun shining down and them smiling even more brightly.
Cathy's friendship was a love-gift from God right to my heart. Whether working together, sharing a plate of chicken fingers at Pilot Pete's or just sitting around watching movies and singing along together, every memory will be cherished. Cathy really did live life the way she wanted. Sure, she wanted to be healthy enough to do more, but she lived every day making sure that the people she loved knew how much she loved them. And she knew how much we loved her. If I can grow to be more like her I would be very thankful. Cathy, your friendship changed me.
May 10, 2018
I went to Maria with Cathy and we graduated together in 1981. Cathy was always so nice and friendly to me. Sending my condolences! I have read the beautiful and touching notes about Cathy - wonderful mother, grandmother, wife, sister, friend, role model. I'm not surprised. What a beautiful tribute!
May 8, 2018
Sister! You were my person and I was yours. I feel solace in knowing your days of suffering are over. I feel comfort visioning you in heaven with family and friends welcoming and embracing you.
There are too many memories to share: Brady Bunch trivia... Caribbean Cruises.... The birth of my son, Gino at Rush Hospital.... Pips! But when I think of my sister, I think first of music.
Everyone who knows Cathy knows she had a deep love for music and it was a big part of her life. This love started early. Some of my youngest memories are of sitting together in her tiny bedroom in Bridgeport and playing old 45’s on her record player, or later when we got older I would listen to her SuperTramp and other 8-tracks when she wasn’t home. But you really didn’t need a stereo in the house or a radio in the car. Cathy had a beautiful voice and sang all the time, like it or not. I still can hear her distinct rendition of Super Freak in my head over and over and over again. Remember when music played on AM radio? If you were driving in the car and listening to music and you went under a bridge, the AM radio’s would lose signal and fade out. Never fear, Cathy would keep singing so that when you came out the other side, the music would kick back in and you wouldn’t miss a beat. Her love for music continued through the rest of her life. What a blessing!
Cathy was the strongest, most loving, caring and authentic person I have ever known. I am proud to have been her brother. I am lucky to have experienced her love and compassion as long as I did. I will miss her more than words can express.
May 8, 2018
I'm still having a hard time processing that you are gone. I'm in shock. Im going to miss you telling me how beautiful I am and how I get gorgeous every time you see me and how you would grab my hand, look at me in my eyes and tell me how much you love me. I'm going to miss your beautiful blue eyes and your amazing smile. Especially your warm hugs. I love you grandma.. I'm going to miss you so much.
May 8, 2018
I have so much to say that I never told you....I wish I had more time with you! Wonder Woman was my childhood idol, who knew that as I grew up she would later become a real life super hero right in my own heart, to my kids, to my sisters and their kids and most importantly to my dad! That Wonder Woman is You! I just want to tell you, mom that I love you more than you ever realized or will ever know! You’ve taught me a lot, even up to this moment!! I’m truly grateful for the role you played in my life, as well as our family. You were there for my sisters and I when we felt we didn’t need it and also when we needed it most. You were always there....you knew when we needed you...even just to be reminded how much love you had for us, or how proud you were of us! Just as a mother does...I remembered one particular time that you called when I was scared for you ... it was so crazy how you knew....mother’s instinct maybe?? But you started off with “Don’t worry! I’m here for all of you! There is a reason why we were brought into each other’s lives! Us ladies, the kids, my dad and Her( meaning Cathy) We needed her and she needed us! Speaking on my own experiences, I fell in love with you and adored you for how you treated us... unconditional love as if you were our biological mother. My role model. Most times I would never take advice from someone who didn’t have kids, but You knew, you had the best advice! You were meant to be a mother. You never treated us different. When others would point out my flaws, you would point out my strengths, some that I didn’t believe I had. How you were towards our kids your love was endless with no restrictions. It was truly felt and fully absorbed. I loved that you were so good and loving to our dad, as he was to you! Your relationship was what true love really is! I could only hope to mirror it. Thank you for being that special woman!
May 8, 2018
You were always so humbled! Your eyes were so sweet and forgiving like an angel, also beautiful and sparkling like the ocean! You were the most genuine person I ever met! You adored life and it held a totally different meaning to you than it did to us. You were always so full of positivity and shared it! Your smile was so big and bright, it was like the sun was shining where ever you were. I loved that you were always so helpful with advice every time I was pregnant with my children, and the advice you had when I gave birth and thereafter. I loved how you sang with our babies, and you just loved to hold, hug and kiss them. I don’t ever remember my babies crying in your arms... they must have felt angels arms around them. You played the keyboard with them, colored and laughed with them. My girls will always remember that. I remembered the stories you use to tell me about your nursing days in Labor and delivery... some funny ones, unique ones where people named their children some random names. I just recently learned from my current neighbor that you may have helped deliver her baby. She described the woman as heavenly with dark short hair... appeared to be Italian and had the most heavenly eyes, an angelic voice and was so sweet and caring! She delivered her daughter at Rush....when I described you to her and she described this woman to me, it gave me chills because it sounded like she was detailing you. Who knows if it was you, but my heart and mind says it was! I know you touched so many lives just the way you did ours.
May 8, 2018
When I was fearful for my own 4 surgeries, a couple major ones you were there at the hospital by my side to let me know how strong I was and that you were gonna be there when I woke. Holding my hand and trying to ease my fears especially when you were facing your own. I loved how you would look at my chart on my bed and ask why this and why that, or asking the working nurses questions? I loved our conversations, I loved that you were able to confide in me. I loved that once I told you I needed to know the good and bad with your health please don’t hide anything from me you finally felt comfortable enough to tell me what was going on. I loved you, I will always remember you and love you! You have permanent space in my heart! I’m not gonna lie and say this doesn’t hurt, because it does, and I’m not ready for you to go as I’m sure everyone else wasn’t ready. But I’m at peace knowing you will no longer suffer. I can’t imagine going to dad’s and you not being there, or being able to call you in the phone to just sit and talk. I’m gonna try to coach myself to be ok with you no longer physically being with us but always in our hearts and watching over us. I know this is gonna be a big change to adapt to and a struggle for all of those who loved you deeply, but we will get through it with the sweet memories, smiles and love you shared with us, even when it wasn’t the easiest for you! You’re an amazing daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandma, and friend, nurse and now guardian angel!! Thank you for being you and being there for us with spreading your beauty and love with everyone around you. I love you mom! You followed the light to your rainbow 🌈 just as Miley said... Whenever we see a rainbow we will be reminded that you are near!
♥️😘 Love always Patricia Sanchez
May 8, 2018
Catherine Marie, my darling daughter. even though we speak constantly I still was looking forward to holding you in just a few weeks . My heart is breaking and then I don’t know what to do about it. When we talk and you have concerns, I’ve always told you it’s because God is not finished with you yet. But you have been the strongest most loving caring person in the world and had nothing but problems for years and years. I saw how things declined after our kidney failed yet I thought we would still have more time. I guess God finally finished with you. Now you are at peace and with our other loved ones. I will see you again. And I love you so much.
May 8, 2018
Dearest Cathy, may you finally, truly, rest in peace. Your struggles were many, your complaints were few. I cannot ever remember you not smiling, which is a great thing. You chose a perfect career for yourself, and I'm sure that your patients were very lucky to have you as their nurse. If there was a prototype of a nurse, it would be you.
Joe, as much as Cathy was a blessing to you, you were also a blessing to her. Thanks for loving my cousin and being there for her throughout her many battles.
We will all truly miss her dearly.
Love, Cathy's cousin Ralph Jr.
May 7, 2018
After my grandmother past away I couldn’t believe it but I wasn’t upset I was more happy then anything because I couldn’t bare to see her hurting and suffering. Everytime I seen her she would always tell me how awesome I am and and how proud she was of me. Now I can look forward to my time to be with her forever I love you grandma Cathy ❤️
May 7, 2018
I remember when grandma would sneak a big brown paper bag filled with candy, and she would supply us with stickers and colors and paper and we would create bunches of pictures.never will I ever forget grandma❤️I wish I can hold your hand and tell you how much I love you, but that will just have to wait. I love you grandma and I’m deeply missing you-Carmen
I remember when grandma would make us laugh and try to make us feel so special we all miss grandma and love her she will always be in our heart s she’s watching over us and when you see a rainbow just know that she is with you 💗,Miley
May 7, 2018
After she gave birth to Cathy Rosemarie returned to work and I babysat for her. Rose would deliver Cathy early in the morning. I would return to bed and place her beautiful child on my chest as we napped a while. I fell deeply in love with Cathy from the first day I saw her. We all loved and admired the special woman she became. She was loving and unselfish and so very brave through all these years of illness. I am blessed and honored to call her my niece. I know in my heart she is pain free and holding hands with our loved ones in heaven. Soar free our little angel!
May 7, 2018
God Bless the mother and family of my dear friend Rebecca. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May 7, 2018
Every time I would see her she would grab my hand and tell me that I’m beautiful, that me and my sisters are all gorgeous. Her happiness was never ending and just made my heart explode with joy.
May 7, 2018
May, 05 2018
Today I lost the love of my life; my wife; Catherine Provenzano-Marquez
Cathy was the most beautiful, amazing, thoughtful, caring person that I have ever met. She was my best friend, Cathy had beautiful blue eyes and such a caring smile which could instantly warm your heart.
Cathy had a beautiful voice and loved to sing at every opportunity. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a contagious laugh that could fill a room. We would laugh at the silliest things.
When she was feeling down all I had to do was ask her “Why was 6 afraid of 7” She would say “Stop trying to make me laugh” and I would say “Because 7 ate 9” and we would both have a good laugh.
She was a genuine loving person who taught me so much about life, love, empathy and compassion. These traits seemed to come so naturally to her, which is what made her such a great nurse.
Despite not being able to have kids of her own, Cathy was a wonderful nurturing mother to my girls and an amazing grandmother to their children. She received so much joy out of being a grandmother, she just loved spending time with the grandchildren.
Cathy endured many health issues during the last 25 years, By the grace of God she persevered through so many different challenges, any one of them could have stopped a weaker person in their tracks, yet Cathy carried on, she kept a smile on her face and said “I can do this”, and she most certainly did.
Her Uncle Ralph called her the Miracle Girl. She most certainly was, Cathy was a blessing to me and to others who’s lives she touched.
Through my heartbreak and tears, I know that one day Cathy and I will be reunited in Heaven, our faith was strong, as was our loving bond. It has been an honor to be her husband for the last 17 years.
Thank you God, for allowing me to part of Cathy’s life, she truly is an angel.