Cathleen Harris

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Cathleen Harris, 71, of Belleville, IL, born October 30, 1950, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, August 5, 2022, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Cathy was a devoted daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. During her career in advertising and sales, those that knew her described her as thorough, unafraid of failure, and easy to talk to. She dedicated her life to providing for others. There was not a heartbeat she wasn’t willing to help, whether they had two legs or four.

She graduated from Althoff Catholic High School in 1968, as part of the first 4-year class to do so following its opening. Cathy then attended SIU-Edwardsville and afterwards, acquired her cosmetology license – a professional designation she maintained for over 30 years. Many friends and family members continued to request her expertise long after her stylist days had passed.

Cathy cared for dozens of strays that found their way into her back yard. She could not bear the site of an animal in need, naming each with affection. She saved many from going hungry. In her eyes, they all deserved love and compassion.

Her grandchildren. Oh, how she adored them. “Monkey” and “BG” as she lovingly called Maxwell and Grace. As she felt her time was coming to a close, it was these two goodbyes that brought her peace. She was immensely proud to be their Grammy.

Cathy was the ultimate “boy mom” and an amazing role model for her son, Miles. She never missed a game, a concert, or a tee time. Some say it was the tomboy in her that enjoyed Miles’ love of sports so much. She was Mom when she needed to be, Dad when she had to be, a friend when it seemed right, and a guiding force in his life forever.

Her spirit will be missed beyond words.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thad and Dorothy, nee Lopinot, Harris; her grandparents, Clarence and Marie Lopinot; and a brother-in-law, Steven Hodge.

Surviving are her son, Miles Ryan (Jana Gass) Harris; a grandson, Maxwell Ryan Harris; a granddaughter, Grace Harper Harris; a sister, Cynthia Harris-Hodge; and her “grand-doggy”, Ellie Dot Harris.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the medical staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, especially ICU Nurses Haele and Afsheen, who were angels on earth while Cathy was in their care, and to “Colonel” Kathy Kernan-Dougherty, for her resolve and support, and also to Dave, her kind and wonderful neighbor.

Memorials may be made to the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Eugene Neff officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, at a later date.



7 Comments on Cathleen Harris

Jack Genetti said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 8:58 PM

My prayers and thoughts are with Cathy and her family. Cathy was a friend and classmate of my daughter Mary Ann Genetti at Our Lady Queen of Peace and Althoff. May God bless her and forever keep Cathy in his care.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Michelle Young said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 5:21 PM

Miles and Cindy, I am so sorry and sad to hear about the loss of your dear mother, sister. I will never forget all of the wonderful times we spent at Queen of Peace, the old neighborhood 74th, your grandmother, GG, farm, Althoff and a few years at SIUE. Dear mother, grandmother, Dorothy and my mother, Louise, we're also friends. Cathy would always make me laugh. Such a hard worker, smart, dedicated mother, daughter, sister. Family was always the most important thing in her life. We lost contact when I moved to St. Louis to work, but we exchanged Christmas cards for a number of years and I would occasionally get to see her at an Althoff reunion. Again, I am so sorry to hear this news. Prayers for you both and your families. Michelle

  • Sarasota
  • FL
Doug Dobek said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 2:40 PM

Sympathies and prayers for Cathy & her family. I knew her in her young adulthood for close to 8 years. She was a joy to be around. She is missed! Rest in Peace & in God's Grace ol' friend!

  • Byrnes Mill
  • MO
Lori Halfaker said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 12:05 PM

Cathy was a dear friend that will be missed. She gave so much of herself to others and cared deeply about her family and friends. She had a soft spot for animals that had no limit, and would give her last dime to feed and care for a stray cat that she called “Goobie”. I’m so glad to have known Cathy!

  • Chesterfield
  • Missouri
Steve Knefelkamp said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2022 at 10:26 PM

Deepest Sympathy and prayers to the family of Cathy Harris. She was a good and sweet friend back at Althoff where I was a year ahead of her. Rest in peace Cathy and God bless you!!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cathy (Kelly) Seward said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2022 at 2:31 PM

Cathy was a loving and caring person. She always put everyone before herself all her life. She gave all she had to those she loved. Cathy will be greatly missed. From her BFF since Queen of Peace grade school to the day she passed on, Cathy Kelly Seward.

  • Houston
  • Texas
Joan Mueth said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2022 at 11:22 AM

I will really miss Cathy, she was my niece & I loved her dearly Will miss talking to her & being with her, she was such a great person & took such loving care of her mom, my sister, the last few years of her life, you couldn’t find a more loving & caring daughter May God welcome her into her ever lasting reward love you, Cathy

  • Waterloo
  • Il

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