Catherine  Yochum
Catherine Marie Yochum, 101, of Ottumwa died at 8:35 p.m. February 7, 2020 at Hospice House.
She was born February 20, 1918 in Ottumwa to Maurice and Mary Larkin Moriarty. She married Carl Yochum June 20, 1945 and he preceded her in death October 23, 1993.
A graduate of Ottumwa High School and the Ottumwa Heights, Catherine taught over 8 years in country schools in the Ottumwa area. Beyond teaching, she helped her husband farm and raise their family.
She was an over 100-year member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Altar and Rosary Society, and Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She was also a 4-H leader.
Surviving are four daughters, Mary Lou (Mike) Croker of Cedar Rapids, Marjorie Burke of Naperville, IL, Kathleen Rosenbaum of Aurora, CO and Carol Yochum of Ottumwa; a daughter-in-law, Mary Yochum of Des Moines; 7 grandchildren, Colleen (Aaron) Kelly, Katie (Jamie) Schaefer, Jennifer (Mike) Kellogg, Brian (Tara) Burke, Matthew Yochum, Adam (Leslie) Rosenbaum and Brett (Heather) Rosenbaum; 10 great grandchildren, Asher and Finley Kellogg, Teagan and Chloe Marie Burke, Ryan, Sean and Logan Kelly, Ryder, Lillian and Avery Rosenbaum; along with several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Stephen Yochum; a son-in-law, Thomas Burke; two brothers, Donald and John Moriarty.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick Hilgendorf presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home. At 4:30 p.m. Friday a Rosary will be recited followed by a Christian Wake Service. A time for family to greet friends will follow until 7 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or Indian Hills Community College Foundation.
Published on February 10, 2020


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Scott Amos
Feb 10, 2020
Catherine was a very special friend and neighbor - it was always a treat to go visit Carl and Catherine down the lane (or across the pasture) Halloween wasn't complete until we had knocked on their door and were asked to do a "trick" before we got our treat. Catherine always seemed to have cookies available when we visited, and had a way of making you feel special - like you were the most important person in the world to her. I will miss the radiance of her smiles.