Catherine M. Custer
Catherine M. Custer
  • June 16, 1955 - May 16, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Catherine “Cathy” Mary Custer, 61, of Tampa, FL passed away peacefully on May 16, 2017 in her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be held at St Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church (9724 Cross Creek Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647) at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 20th. Burial will take place at 11am on Monday, May 22nd at Coral Ridge Cemetery in Cape Coral, FL. Arrangements are by Blount & Curry Funeral Home.

Cathy was born in Hackettstown, NJ to Frank and Ruth Case on June 16, 1955. She went to Barry University in Miami, FL and studied early education. She married the late Vincent Michael Knighton on August 11th, 1979 in Miami, FL. They had three children – Vincent Case, Mary Elizabeth, and Emily Ruth. She remarried on March 10th, 2001 to Gary Stephen Custer. She worked as a kindergarten and first grade teacher for over thirty years in Miami, Cape Coral, and Tampa, FL. Cathy was a devout Catholic and Eucharist Minister.

Cathy is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ruth, her first husband, Vincent, and her first child, Vincent.

Cathy is survived by husband Gary Custer, daughters Mary Brenner and Emily Smaridge, brother Frank Case, grandson Patrick Brenner, son-in-laws Matt Brenner and Zack Smaridge, and step-daughter Deanna Breen and family.

Pallbearers will be Gary Custer, Frank Case, Matt Brenner, Zack Smaridge, John Sheridan, and Chris Smaridge.

Memorials may be given to Moffitt Cancer Center ( The family of Cathy wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all her friends, Dr. Apte of Moffitt Cancer Center, and all of the nurses of LifePath Hospice.