Eagle Funeral Home Obituaries

Catherine “Kate” Whitson

September 17, 1928 - April 5, 2018

Catherine "Kate" Whitson, 89, of Hillsdale, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the MacRitchie North Skilled Nursing Facility in Hillsdale with her family by her side. Kate was born September 17, 1928 to Nelson & Marie (Samm) Isley. She was married April 22, 1950 to George Whitson and he preceded her in death in 2010.

Catherine was organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Hillsdale for over 50 years. She also played for funeral services at the Van Horn-Eagle Funeral Home for several years & played for several weddings over the years. She was an avid golfer, bowler, and learned to play bridge at the age of 78. Kate and George also square-danced with the Hills & Dales. Family gatherings were the joy of her life. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include two children, Kristine (Harry) Giddens of Michigan Center and Richard Whitson of Hillsdale; daughters-in-law, Jean and Janis Whitson; sister, Georgene Hardin; grandchildren, Tamara, Sara (Jason) Lucas, Andrew (Shannon) Whitson and George & Harrison Whitson; and great-grandson, Evan Lucas.

Kate was preceded in death by her parents, husband George, sons Eric and Alan, and a brother, Harold Isley.

Funeral services for Kate Whitson will be Friday, April 13, 2018, at 11:00 AM, at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with Elder Leslie Hutchinson officiating. Interment will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale. The family will receive friends for visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 5-7 PM, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Greater Hillsdale Humane Society.



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Friday, April 13, 2018
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