Fairhaven Memorial Services

27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA


Catherine Jane Waltz

December 21, 1923October 4, 2019

Catherine Jane Waltz, 95, of Orange County, passed away peacefully October 4, 2019.

Catherine Jane Waltz was born December 21, 1923 the only child of William Francis Duggan, (Buffalo, NY) and Freida Pantle, (Scranton, PA) Catherine graduated from Kensington High School In 1941, where she was an Honors student, President of the Drama Club, President of the French Club, and sang in the Kensington Chorale. She received a BA in Education from the University of Buffalo, New York in 1962, where she graduated Cum Laude, was Chairman of the Convocation Committee and also was named “Woman of the Year”.

Catherine married the love of her life, Edward Francis Waltz in 1946 in Buffalo, New York. Hardworking and devoted parents, they raised two sons, Edward Francis Waltz, Jr and William Michael Waltz. They relocated to Southern California in the early 1970’s, and spent their retirement years traveling, volunteering and enjoying family and friends. Catherine was predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years in 2003.

Catherine, also known as “Kat”, “Cathy” and CJ, was universally loved and respected for her loving heart, kindness, selflessness, humility, sense of humor, infectious laugh and radiant smile. She taught 2nd and 3rd grade children with learning disabilities at Maryvale Primary School, Cheektowaga, New York for 14 years. Catherine was recognized by the National Teachers Conference, (Chicago, Ill) for her outstanding achievements for her work with children with learning disabilities. She was a volunteer for many Years at the Palomar Hospital in Escondido, California, and was Secretary of the Escondido Travel Club. Catherine was immensely proud of her family, always had a good word and a smile for everyone she came in contact with and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.

Catherine is survived by her loving children, Edd & Toni Waltz, Bill & Irmagaard Waltz, grandchildren, Angela, Nick and Lauryn, Duggan, Lena and Sean, Jon and Kelly and eleven great grandchildren, Giancarlo and Alyssa, Alexis, Sienna, Fox, Adalyn, Sawyer, Ace, Abigail, Everly and Aidan, two great-great grandchildren, Emma, Elijah, and three nieces Pammy, Dixie and Debbie.

A Special Life Celebration for Catherine will be held on Saturday, November, 16th, 2019, late afternoon at Fairhaven Dignity Memorial, 27856 Center Street, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Catherine will be laid to rest with her husband, Ed at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.

Catherine wishes were that in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to, Our Lady Victory Homes of Charity, 780 Ridge Rd, Lackawanna, NY 14218 or The World Wildlife Fund, PO Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090


16 November

Celebration of Life

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel

27856 Center Drive
Mission Viejo, CA

16 November


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Fairhaven Memorial Services Reception Center

27856 Center Drive
Mission Viejo, CA


Catherine Jane Waltz

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Brad Burnett

October 12, 2019

I was very sad to hear the news of Cathy's passing. She was such a genuinely nice, kind person, and I always enjoyed visiting with her over the holidays. I feel blessed to have known her and am glad to have had the opportunity.