Catherine Marie Brozovich entered the world on June 3, 1947, the only daughter of John and Rose Brozovich, joining brothers John and Charles. She was blessed with a guardian angel having survived a ruptured appendix at age 5, the loss of her mother at 13, and breast cancer at 22. She was a fighter in the truest sense of the word.
She was a one of a kind personality and left a lasting impression on everyone who was fortunate enough to have known her. Her opinions were shared whether asked for or not, she enjoyed all kinds of adventures with her friends, was a founding member of the Ya Ya’s and loved as deeply and anyone ever could.
She was raised in East Butte, attended local schools and graduated from Girl’s Central in 1965.
She married the love of her life, Ron James, on November 20, 1965 in Sacred Heart Church and spent 54 years together, despite the doubts of many in the beginning. They are and will always be soulmates. Ron, Rose, and Robin were born of this union, creating an unbreakable family bond. Cathy and Ron were surrogate parents to Ron’s youngest sister, 10-year-old Marybeth James after the death their beloved mother Teresa.
In her early years she worked for Mountain Bell phone company as an operator, and later became a successful real estate agent for 14 years. Following that, she worked in the health care field. Her most illustrious position was as bartender, serial carder, low stakes bouncer, janitor, and all-around treasure of the It Club. Known as Nana, she was loved, feared, and mostly sought after by patrons.
Cathy took great pride in her yard and flower gardens, spending countless hours working on them and relaxing on her deck with family and friends. She was known for her superb cooking skills and like a good Bohunk, she always made enough for a small village and shared with anyone who needed a meal. She was quick witted with a comment or comeback and was known to cut a rug.
Her life entered a new era when she became a grandmother and her role of a matriarch grew to include 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 2 honorary grandchildren. She absolutely adored every single one.
Cathy passed away, surrounded with love, on October 22,2019, after fighting serious health issues. Should you ever be lucky enough to have one person come into your life of this quality and character, you will be among the most blessed.
She is survived by her adoring husband, Ron, son Ron James (Audra), daughter Rose James (Dan Lazzari, Michael Ryan, Thomas Grote), daughter Robin Brownback (Marcus). Grandchildren, Cody James, Holly Glennon (Joe), Ian Brownback (Addie), Brice James, Quin Brownback (Ashlyn), Sydney Ryan, Ava James, Parker Brownback, Karsyn Rober, and Lakelyn Rober, Dani Svejkovsky-Greer (Ty), Jory Svejkovsky (Korey), Kyle Svejkovsky (Tristan). Great-grandchildren, Macie, Max, Bodie, Leo Glennon, Noah Brownback, and Skyler Brownback,
Brothers John Brozovich (Dolores) and Charles Brozovich (Marlene). In laws Judi LeCoure (Kenny), Barbara Heard, Dan James (Michelle), Marybeth Svejkovsky (Mike).
Her loss will leave a void in the lives of many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.
She is reunited with parents John and Rose Brozovich, grandparents John and Frances Brozovich, in-laws Cecil and Teresa James, grandparents John and Anna Malensek.
Visitation for Catherine will be on Saturday October 26, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 329 Mercury, at 10:00 a.m. with a Funeral Mass following at 11:00 a.m.
Please offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Catherine. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Catherine and her family.