Obituary: Catherine “Cathy” Margaret Rutter

Former borough resident, who navigated Catholic education in Philadelphia and at the Jersey shore, died last week.

Catherine Rutter (nee McGee) of Carmel, Ind., and formerly a longtime resident of  Haddonfield, died peacefully on Aug. 19

Catherine was a loving wife, mother, granny, sister, aunt, and dear friend to many. She is survived by her beloved husband Edward T. Rutter, loving children: Eric (Becky) of Cherry Hill and Crista Hassett (Josh) of  Carmel, Ind., her adored grandchildren: Tommy, Matty, Kayla Rutter, Emily Hassett and her brother Bill McGee (Joan) of Northfield, N.J.

Cathy attended Philadelphia Catholic School until fourth grade and then moved to Atlantic City, and eventually graduated from Holy Spirit High School in the class of 1967.

She attended Rutgers University in Camden later in life and studied Art History. She met her husband and love of her life, Ed, while working at the South Jersey Gas Company. Their first date was to the Atlantic City boardwalk for Lunch at Taylor’s Pork Roll and a walk on the boards.

Cathy had an amazing gift for hosting and entertaining that made all holidays, Sunday dinners, and family gatherings a special experience. Her artistic and creative talents not only came through when she hosted but also in her love of fine art, music, decorating, and jewelry making, among many other things. She had the amazing opportunity to travel extensively during her life with friends and family, and frequently enjoyed reminiscing about her trips and the fun times spent together.

Cathy was an avid skier and enjoyed skiing with her family and seeing them enjoy the slopes and their vacation home in the Poconos. Her boisterous laugh brought a smile to many and was representative of how she lived life — with great joy and laughter and surrounded by the family and friends she treasured so dearly. She will be missed dearly but her creative spirit and infectious laughter will live on in those she loved and shared her great heart with during her short time on earth.

Cathy’s family was to receive friends on Aug. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Avenue, Haddonfield. All were invited to her Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Aug. 27, 11 a.m. at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 200 Windsor Avenue, Haddonfield. Interment was private.