Catherine Cathy Ann Sedlak

May 14, 1950June 6, 2018

Catherine “Cathy” Ann Sedlak was born on May 14, 1950 to Clarence and Catherine Flaherty Christ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn Hills High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

On December 18, 1970, Cathy married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, John M. Sedlak. Together they had three beloved children. John’s career as an Architect/Transportation Specialist took them to State College, PA, Atlanta, GA, and Kingwood, TX. Over her 40-year career as a Registered Nurse, Cathy worked in many departments including Labor and Delivery, IV Team, Emergency Room, Family Practice, Surgical Recovery, and Surgical Pre-Assessment.

Cathy loved to travel, cook, read, see movies, and spend time with her seven grandchildren and friends. Together with her husband, she created a welcoming home full of love, laughter, and the smell of freshly baked desserts. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Martha Catholic Church for 35 years. It is fitting that Cathy died on June 6, D-Day. Her father, a brave member of the US Navy and Landing Craft sailor, transported many soldiers under intense enemy fire during the US invasion of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

She is survived by her husband John Sedlak; children, Kelly (Duncan) Rhodes, Michael (Allison) Sedlak, and Rachel (John) Nicholson; grandchildren; Katherine and Rebecca Rhodes, Caroline and Elizabeth Sedlak, John Christopher, Austin, and Hunter Nicholson. Catherine was also the loving sister of James Christ, Thomas Christ, Michael Christ, Ann Kearney, and Edward Christ, and loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Cathy is preceded in death by her brother Robert Christ and her parents.

A Visitation will be held at Kingwood Funeral Home, 22800 Hwy 59 North, Kingwood, TX 77339 On Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Martha Catholic Church, 4301 Woodridge Parkway, Porter, TX 77365, on Friday, June 15, 2018 starting at 10:30 am. The family would like to invite everyone attending to a reception/luncheon at Nathaniel Center, 804 Russell Palmer Rd, Kingwood, TX 77339 immediately after the funeral services.

The family of Catherine Ann Sedlak would like to give their appreciation and thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, and caregivers at Memorial Hermann/Mischer Neuroscience Institute, TIRR, Right at Home, Omnix Health Care Services, and Kingwood Medical Center.

As her final act of giving, Catherine willed her body to the University of Texas/McGovern Medical School in Houston for medical research and training.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Catherine’s name to the American Red Cross.


  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, June 14, 2018

Catherine Cathy Ann Sedlak

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Maryellen Celtrick

June 12, 2018

Cathy was a remarkable woman. She loved and was loved strong by all who knew her.
She was my "sister" in-law and a close friend. Cathy and John had my favorite love story !
They were high school sweet hearts and grew that love over many years. Many question, including myself, why Cathy's tragic illness had to occur and why an army of angels praying for her did not get a miracle? I have my own little interpretation of the reason for all her suffering.
God gave them this burden to show the world what true love really is ! My dearest brother, John, showed Cathy true love with his daily ongoing care done with compassion and dignity.
I marvel at how this final journey of six years played out. I am so proud to call John my brother. "Job well done to the very end." I treasure their love, life and legacy to all of us.
Love, Maryellen