Catherine M. Palka
Catherine M. Palka
  • May 24, 1931 - January 10, 2018
  • Palos Heights, Illinois

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Catherine M. Palka, nee Ruddy, has passed away. She grew up in Visitation Parish in Chicago where her friends and loved ones began to call her "Kay" and where she wed the love of her life, the late Frank N. Palka. She is the loving mother of Jack (John M) and Maggie (Margaret M.), wife of Scott Donars, and the proud grandmother of their children Matthew Ruddy Donars and Sara Jeanne Donars. Favorite sister of Midge (Margaret T.) (the late William) Hand as well as Ruth (the late James Wojciechowski), the late Delores "Dee" Scahill, the late Katherine (William) Radtke and the late Frank (Anna Mae) Scahill. Especially grateful aunt of Thomas (Barbara) Slepski and many other affectionately held nephews and nieces. Dear friend of the late Mary Kay Keenan Yandel and her children. Funeral services Tuesday January 16, 2017, 9:45 AM from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home 4727 W. 103rd. St., Oak Lawn, to St. Germaine Catholic Church 9711 S. Kolin Ave., Oak Lawn, for 10:30 AM Mass. Visitation Monday 3 to 9 PM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery. Donations would be appreciated to the Arthritis Foundation 1355 Peachtree St. NE Suite 600 Atlanta, GA 30309 or For more information please call (708) 636-1193 or visit