Catherine McDonald

Catherine McDonald
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Catherine I. “Katie” Rodman McDonald, nee Goodnow, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at her current home, The Atrium of Belleville, at the age of 99, with her family by her side.

Mrs. McDonald was born August 16, 1916, in DuQuoin, IL, the daughter of Harry and Anna Goodnow. She graduated from Belleville Township High School and Brown Business School in St. Louis, MO. On April 19, 1937, she married Eugene Rodman and spent the next 32 years raising their six children.  After Gene’s death, she worked for five years as a secretary at SIU Carbondale. On November 16, 1974, she married Paul McDonald of Freeburg, IL, and spent time volunteering at the Radio Information Service at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, being a member of the Freeburg Women’s Club and Freeburg Sportsman’s Association, traveling, reading, and being a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Anna, nee McDonald, Goodnow; a brother, Charles Goodnow;  her first husband, Eugene Rodman; her second husband, Paul McDonald; her daughter, Jeanie O’Neill; a son-in-law, Donald O’Neill; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn, nee Britton, Rodman; a son-in-law, Barry Brown; a step-son, Gary McDonald; a grandson, Steven Fedak; and a step-grandson, Christopher McDonald.

Surviving are her children, Kathleen Fedak of Belleville, IL,
John Rodman of St. Simons Island, GA,
Patricia Ansley of Belleville, IL,
Charles and wife Francie, nee Aue, Rodman of Freeburg, IL,
and Jo Beth and husband Jack Monteith of Belleville, IL;
a daughter-in-law, Janice McDonald of Edwardsville, IL;
20 grandchildren;
33 great-grandchildren;
five great-great-grandchildren;
many dear nieces and nephews;
and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (, 8588 Potter Park Drive, Suite 500, Sarasota, FL 34238 or to The Sophie McDonald Benefit Fund, Bank of Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, September 14, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, September 14, 2015, at St Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating.

Interment will be at 1 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, DuQuoin, IL, with Deacon Bill Keller officiating.

Condolences Left For Catherine McDonald

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Katie’s family. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I will miss her sweet smile.

Kelly Sauerhage, Evansville, IL, 62242

In each loss there is a gain,
as in every gain there is a loss
and with each ending comes a new beginning.

God be with all of you!


Marilyn Taylor, Tamaroa, IL, 62888

My sympathies are with you at this time. May you find peace. Prayers, Mike

Michael Villhard, Saint Louis, MO, 63139

To Our Dear Kathleen ( Kaki) and Family: Please know that my self as well as many others at DCFS are holding you up in prayer at this time. There are no words we can say to ease the pain you may feel, but we know One who is more than capable…..JESUS
Peace and Blessings

James Tooles, Belleville, IL, 62223

I have so many good memories of the Rodman family. Katie was always a sweet person, and her family reflected that, along with Gene, who gave me my first “real” job with DQ Packing.
I was so sad at the loss of Jeannie, my dear friend from childhood.
I know Katie will be missed, but she had a good, Christian, long life and the love of her friends and family.
My condolences to the family.

Gail Roznowski Taylor, Du Quoin, IL, 62832

Charlie – So sorry to read about the passing of your mom. Although she lived a long life, I know that you and the rest of the family will miss her. My sympathies are with you.

Carolyn Burroughs Loving, Marion, IL, 62959


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