Carolyn Helen Katchmar

February 10, 1939March 3, 2021

Carolyn Helen Katchmar MSW, BCD, CAP

Carolyn Katchmar age 82, passed away from many complications including dementia and asthma after a very productive, charitable, self-giving, enthusiastic, life. Born Feb 10, 1939 in Trenton, IL to John and Cerelda Buehler. By her first marriage to Dennis Mahony they had three children John, Daniel and Kelly Mahony, three grandchildren Jacob, Erika and Annika Ingersol.

Within six months following the tragic death of her husband Dennis, Carolyn obtained a scholarship from Southern Illinois University graduating Magna Cum Laude. With another scholarship from St. Louis University three years later graduating with the National Institute of Mental Health award. In 2000 Carolyn received a MA degree in Pastoral Theology from Barry University.

Carolyn met Dr. Jerome Katchmar and a year later they were married, June 10th, 1978. This was a perfect marriage of 42 years.

Carolyn's church activities include; Eucharistic Minister and lector. Instituted the following groups: Grief support- Coping skills- new beginnings also the bereavement ministry which she and her husband Dr. Jerry maintained for 25 years. This ministry continues today.

Carolyn's Marco Island civic accomplishments include; First female President of the Rotary Club 2002-2003; Awarded the Volunteer of the year award 2005; Crisis intervention guidance counselor at the Charter Middle School; Chaplain at NCH hospital mainly in the Intensive Care Unit and many other volunteer positions. She also held a private pilot's license.

Carolyn was a very beautiful, patient, loving, caring, self-giving person enough cannot be said about her. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral Mass San Marco Catholic Church April 10, 2021 at 10:30 AM also a second Mass at St Mary's Church on May 1st, Trenton, IL at 10:30 AM. Interment following.


1 May

Funeral Mass

10:30 am

St Mary's Catholic Church

325 S Jefferson Street
Trenton, IL 62293


  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, April 10, 2021


Carolyn Helen Katchmar

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Mary Ann Lamanna (maiden name Mahoney

March 23, 2021

Carolyn was a wonderful person. I knew her as the wife of my first cousin, Denny Mahoney, especially during the time they lived in St. Louis, where I grew up. I had spent time with Denny as a child when my Dad brought us to Indiana to visit. I kept in touch with Carolyn after Denny died and she moved to Illinois, working as a counselor. I admired her professionalism and also her strength in caring for her three children despite challenges.

We attended her remarriage, a happy and beautiful occasion. We were glad for her to find happiness and pleased that she kept in touch with the Mahoney/Bohlinger family.

My sympathy to her husband and children for her loss.

Joyce Gates

March 22, 2021

I first met Carolyn when she was dating my much older brother Denny. I was 5. I thought she was the most beautiful, sophisticated person I had ever met. She developed a very close relationship with our family that continued even after Denny's death. She and Jerry continued to visit during holidays and hosted us during visits to Marco.