Cathy A. Czubak
Cathy Ann Czubak, 61, of Traverse City and Suttons Bay, joined the heavenly angels as God gently reached out his arms to receive her into his kingdom on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Cathy was born July 16, 1958 the daughter of Louis and Pauline (Nelson) Czubak in Michigan City, Indiana. Born with Down syndrome, Cathy never let that stop her from living life to the fullest.
As her health and needs changed, Cathy resided at various group homes under the watchful and caring eyes of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health staff members, Maggie and Bill. She was a resident at Brick Ways, West Shore and Fort Road group home in Suttons Bay. Cathy established herself as the "queen bee" on the first day of her arrival in each location, making her presence known to one and all. She was friendly, well-liked and had many friends. People stopped to talk to her or call out her name as she shopped in stores or attended concerts. She was everyone's "princess."
Cathy worked at Grand Traverse Industries and Traverse Field doing light manufacturing jobs, cleaning projects and miscellaneous other tasks. Her life interests revolved around crocheting, country music, coloring, notebook paper and activity books. She wasn't happy unless her huge tote bags were filled to the brim with various colors of yarn, colored pencils and pens and workbooks.
Cathy was warm and loving, but once she learned her individual rights she was quite vocal if she thought they were violated. She could be as manipulative as she was sweet and loved loose coins, even if they weren't hers. She had many "Cathy-isms" that were adopted by family and caregivers. Some favorites were, "No way not"; Can't do that; You're fired; I love you much; I do it myself; Your choice; I happy now," and her illness advice, "Hot tea and chicken noodle soup."
Survivors include her father and stepmother, Louis and Mary Czubak; brothers, Dan (Rebecca) and Larry (Lori); nieces, Ashley (James) Diemer, Victoria and Elizabeth Czubak; nephew, Alexander (Janelle) Czubak; and extended family members and friends.
Cathy was predeceased by her mother, Pauline; an aunt, Doris Strouse; and grandmothers, Anna Jackson and Violet Barnes.
The family expresses their gratitude to Cathy's caregivers at Fort Road who provided unconditional care and love to Cathy, namely Matt and Kellie; Jordan, Joyce, Jessica, Lindsey, Amanda, Sarah, Kay, Andrea, Esmeralda, Jackie, Taryn, Suzy, Deb and Krystle; and hospice nurses, Leah and Amy. We apologize to anyone we missed.
Cathy had a way of wiggling into your heart and will be deeply missed. Cathy's brother, Larry, was her "go-to person" for everything. He lovingly coordinated all aspects of her life. Cathy worshipped him and the family greatly appreciates his unselfish devotion to her.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Cathy's life will be held on Oct. 12, 2019 at the Traverse City Elks Club from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will be at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are welcome to send a flower or make a donation to their favorite charity in Cathy's memory.
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Published on October 9, 2019


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David Sliwinski
Oct 12, 2019
Larry -
So sorry to hear about the loss of your sister! Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!