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Catherine "Katie" Small
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Obituary for Catherine "Katie" Small

Mrs. Catherine (Katie) Small, age 95, of Green Bay, died May 3, 2018 in her home with her children at her side.

The daughter of the late John and Marjorie (Warner) Oren was born on August 15, 1922 in South Bend, Indiana. She moved to Green Bay in 1945 and joined Union Congregational Church.

Katie’s greatest joy in life was her five children who survive her: Virginia “Ginny” (Jack) Riopelle of Green Bay, John Small of Green Bay, David Small (Donna Hanousek) of Washington, DC, Nancy (Drew) Doorey of Wilmington, DE, and Janet (Bill) Blake of Monkton, MD.

Nine grandchildren were adored by “Grandma Honey”: Ginny’s children Abbie (Mike) Flanagan and Jed (Kim) Riopelle; David’s children Diana and Mark Small; Nancy’s children Kelsey, Jennifer (Kyle) and Alicia Doorey; and Janet’s children Lee (Lindsay) and Cole Blake. Two great-grandchildren lit up her life, Abbie’s daughters Fiona and Margaret. One brother, Dr. William Oren (South Bend, IN), and one sister, Mrs. Robert (Janet) Senseny (Edmonds, WA) preceded her in death.

Katie contributed in dozens of ways to improve our community and to help those in need. She served on the boards of Cerebral Palsy, Inc., NEW Habitat for Humanity, the Ecumenical Partnership for Housing, and Unity Hospice. At the Union Congregational Church, she served on many boards and taught Sunday school for 11 years.

She was also an active member of the PEO Sisterhood Chapter AI and Ladybug Garden Club. As a member of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board for 12 years, and in many volunteer positions, Katie was selected in 2000 for the “Others Award” in recognition for her “outstanding contributions to the betterment of humanity through personal participation in civic and philanthropic affairs.” In 2007, she was given the “Women of Vision” award by the YWCA for her ability to quietly and unpretentiously serve to improve her community.

Katie graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in social work and subsequently worked in 3 settlement houses within high poverty communities in the Chicago area. After raising her children, Katie served as a social worker for Curative Workshop in Green Bay for 16 years, where she headed the Social Services Department.

Family and friends may visit at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. 10th Street, De Pere from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, July 20th. Visitation will continue on Saturday, July 21st at Union Congregational Church, 716 S. Madison St, Green Bay from 11:00-12:00 AM.

A “celebration of life” will be held at 12:00 PM on July 21st at Union Congregational Church.


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Visitation

Friday

20

Jul

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory

305 N. Tenth St
De Pere, WI 54115

Visitation

Saturday

21

Jul

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Union Congregational United Church of Christ

716 S. Madison St,
Green Bay, WI 54301

Service

Saturday

21

Jul

12:00 PM
Union Congregational United Church of Christ

716 S. Madison St,
Green Bay, WI 54301

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