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“Well it's been over a year now, and I still miss you every day. I walk, but not the mall, I've tried to make a new friend, but I can't. I know this...Read More »
1 of 51 | Posted by: Nance - IL

“Duane - So sorry to hear about Cathy. You two were so close and so proud of your family. She will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed talking to her...Read More »
2 of 51 | Posted by: Judy Berry - Virden, IL

“Cathy, If Tears Could... If tears could build a stairway And memories were a lane, I would walk right up to heaven To bring you home again...Read More »
3 of 51 | Posted by: Jeannie Brown - Springfield, IL

“Dear Brown Family; I am a friend of Craig and Marisa. There are no words to express how very sorry I am for your loss. My family and I are praying...Read More »
4 of 51 | Posted by: Dede Long - Chicago, IL

“We send our sincere sympathy to Duane and family. We first met you and your family at Moose Lake. (Debbie Gethmann is my (Dorothy) sister). ...Read More »
5 of 51 | Posted by: Warren & Dorothy King - Conrad, IA

“We are sorry to hear of your loss. We remember Cathy from Moose Lake the past few years. Our thoughts are with all of you. John and Kathy ”
6 of 51 | Posted by: john and kathy livingston - SD

“Duane, Craig, Chris, Marc and extended family: Please accept my sincere sympathy. May Cathy's enduring strength of spirit and positive convictions...Read More »
7 of 51 | Posted by: Jen Fitzgerald - Chicago, IL

“Dr. Brown and family, We were so sad to read in the paper of Cathy's death. Cathy and you were in our prayers from the time she was striken on...Read More »
8 of 51 | Posted by: Stuart & Judy Fliege - Sprinfield, IL

“Dr, Brown, our thoughts and prayers with you and your family at this difficult time. Cathy was a very wonderful person. She will be missed by...Read More »
9 of 51 | Posted by: Marigale & David Hollis - IL

“Duane and sons--My heart goes out to you as you deal with the sudden loss of your wife and mother. Cathy made a positive difference in the lives of...Read More »
10 of 51 | Posted by: Kathy (Brown) Hays - Kalamazoo, MI

“DWAINE AND BOYS,,WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. CATHY WAS A GREAT PERSON AND SHE WAS ALL INTO FAMILY AND FRIENDS...OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH...Read More »
11 of 51 | Posted by: BEV & RICK WOOLDRIDGE - OH

“I am so very sorry for the loss of such a very special person in your lives. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 51 | Posted by: Lou Williams - Chatham, IL

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with all of you. ”
13 of 51 | Posted by: Traci Oaks-Devereaux - Cheyenne, WY

“Dr. Brown and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Cathy's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
14 of 51 | Posted by: Roger and Mary Kratochvil - IL

“I have been a patient at Brown's Podiatry for many years. My very first visit to the office I met Cathy. Cathy, Duane and myself consulted about my...Read More »
15 of 51 | Posted by: Cathy Grimmett - Springfield, IL

“Duane, I'm sorry I could not come in person to express my sympathies. I remember Cathy and her family from the old St. Agnes. We had a lot of good...Read More »
16 of 51 | Posted by: David Kervin - Springfield, IL

“Duane, I'm so sorry. I have many memories of good times with you & Cathy in Loami. It is my loss that I haven't seen you in such a long time. My...Read More »
17 of 51 | Posted by: Karen (formerly Schmitt) Grady - LA

“Cathy was like a older sister to me and my brothers and sisters. She was our babysitter when we were younger and our dear friend as we grew older. ...Read More »
18 of 51 | Posted by: John Geiser - Dallas, TX

“Duane,Craig, Chris and Marc: We cannot tell you how saddened we were to hear about Cathy! We know what a wonderful wife, mother, friend and...Read More »
19 of 51 | Posted by: Susan Gatlin Moroney & Jim Moroney - IL

“Cathy was a person who had a zest for life. She always had a smile for you. She would always want to know how life was treating you. She was a...Read More »
20 of 51 | Posted by: Sharon Lomelino - Springfield, IL

“Duane & Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember spending time at your house when I was younger and have fond memories of you and...Read More »
21 of 51 | Posted by: Heather Wicks - Phoenix, AZ

“Duane and boys, It was just a few weeks ago when we saw Cathy at the grocery store and we chatted about the boys. She was so proud and always...Read More »
22 of 51 | Posted by: Ed & Kathy Riedel - Loami, IL

“WELL, I will stay positive just like my sister would demand of me. I had the best 59 years of a sister-brother relationship that ANY brother could...Read More »
23 of 51 | Posted by: pat bumpus - spfld, IL

“We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Cathy will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Fred and Penny...Read More »
24 of 51 | Posted by: Penny and Fred Stockton - IL

“Duane and Family: Our prayers and sympathy are with all of you. Cathy was a beautiful person and a joy to know. It has been a good number of...Read More »
25 of 51 | Posted by: Larry & Madonna Schoen - IL

“To Dr. Brown, Sorry to hear about loss of your wife. I remember many trips from Virden to your office on MacArthur (and a few trips to your office...Read More »
26 of 51 | Posted by: Mike Brown - Springfield, IL

“Dear Duane and Family, I am very sorry to hear about the death of your beloved wife/Mother-- (Cathy). You are very kind,Christian people and...Read More »
27 of 51 | Posted by: Barry J. BEAGLES - Auburn, IL

“Does Jesus care when I’ve said ‘goodbye’
To the dearest on earth to me,â...Read More »
28 of 51 | Posted by: John & Wendi Kruse - Deer River, MN

“To Duane, Craig, Mark & Chris: I want to tell you how deeply sorry I am for the loss of your wife and mother. She will be sorely missed. Her smile,...Read More »
29 of 51 | Posted by: Mark J. Pointer Family - IL

“To the entire family: Dale and I send our love, sympathy and prayers. ”
30 of 51 | Posted by: Dale and Carol Tumey - Greenwood, IN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God's peace be with you at this time of loss. We love you. Pat and JT ”
31 of 51 | Posted by: Jerry & Pat Terry - GrandRivers,, KY

“Duane and family, Cathy was always smiling and so friendly when I saw her. I am sure you have many great memories. She will be smiling down on all...Read More »
32 of 51 | Posted by: Kent and Sheila Meiers - Loami, IL

“Cathy will be greatly missed by all of us at Cardiac Rehab. ”
33 of 51 | Posted by: Jessica Forman - Springfield, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. ”
34 of 51 | Posted by: Brent & Kim Stone - Springfield, IL

“I first met Cathy when we were a couple of catholic school girls at about the age of 13 and looking for trouble. I loved her from the moment I met...Read More »
35 of 51 | Posted by: Mary Levis Renner - Springfield, IL

“Dear Duane, Craig, Marc, Chris and family, Our hearts, love and hugs are there with you. Close your eyes and let your heart feel them. Cathy was a...Read More »
36 of 51 | Posted by: Debbie and Dennis Gethmann - NE

“Dr. Brown, I am so saddened to learn that your wife has died. She was a joy to chat with when I was in your office and looked forward to seeing...Read More »
37 of 51 | Posted by: Cathy Canham - Springfield, IL

“Dr.Brown and Sons I am so sorry for your loss. She was truly a nice person and will be missed greatly. ”
38 of 51 | Posted by: Cheryl Backstein - Springfield, IL

“The Chain We knew little that morning That God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly In death we do the same. It broke our...Read More »
39 of 51 | Posted by: Bart Geiser - London

“Dwayne and family, Just wanted to say sorry for your loss. Try and be strong during this difficult time. You have lots of friends praying for you...Read More »
40 of 51 | Posted by: Tim & Carol Moon and family - OH

“Duane,Helen,Pat,Craig,Chris and Marc, I can't begin to tell you how shocked I was to hear about Cathy. My heart goes out to each and every one of...Read More »
41 of 51 | Posted by: Paula Balch - Clinton, NY

“My deepest sympathy is shared with you and your family. May God be with you in your time of sorrow. ”
42 of 51 | Posted by: Jeremy Minder - Whidbey Island, WA

“Dr.Brown & Sons I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. Cathy was always nice to talk to and always had something funny to say. I am...Read More »
43 of 51 | Posted by: Larry Burrell - Lincoln, IL

“I am so sorry for the pain you all are going through. I feel for all of you as I have just gone through it myself. I will always have great memories...Read More »
44 of 51 | Posted by: Beverly Geiser - Winter Haven, FL

“My heart sank when I picked up the newspaper today. So many of us have lost a great friend. We had wonderful times together which I will cherish and...Read More »
45 of 51 | Posted by: Barbara Durr Shea - Spfld, IL

“My sincere sympathy to you and your family, in your loss of Cathy. I only knew her from your office. May God Bless you all and sustain you in this...Read More »
46 of 51 | Posted by: MaryAnn Newquist - Springfield, IL

“Thinking of you! ”
47 of 51 | Posted by: Tammy Green - Cantrall, IL

“To Cathy's family, I was shock to read of Cathy's departure from this life. I always enjoyed talking with Cathy. Her smile was contagious. Cathy's...Read More »
48 of 51 | Posted by: Sandra Minder - Springfield, IL

“Duane and family, We are so sorry to hear of Cathy's passing. She was a lady that will be remembered fondly. I appreciate the opportunity that she...Read More »
49 of 51 | Posted by: Staci & Joe Britz - New Berlin, IL

“To all the family that was so blessed to have Cathy in their lives, We feel so much pain for all of you through this difficult time.We will keep you...Read More »
50 of 51 | Posted by: Mark and Denise Legge - OH

“My deepest sympathy to you all. I have such great memories of Cathy at all of the family gatherings. Always laughing and with that wonderful smile...Read More »
51 of 51 | Posted by: Denise A. (Bumpus) Matthew - IL


Cathy L. Brown, 59, died at 3:29 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2008, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Cathy was born on October 11, 1948, in Springfield, the daughter of Robert "Bumpy" and Helen Quinn Bumpus. She married Duane A. Brown on September 6, 1969, at St. Agnes. They lived in Chicago while Duane attained a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree, then in Springfield where they established his podiatry practice, finally settling near Loami, where they built one of the first geodesic dome homes in the Midwest. Cathy was an active partner in both endeavors, as well as a full-time mother to three sons. Cathy was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy. She attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her father and a nephew, Carter L. Selinger. Cathy is survived by her husband, Duane A. Brown of Loami; her mother, Helen (husband, Leonard) Bumpus Kane of Springfield; three sons, Craig (wife, Marisa) of Hudson, NH, Christopher (companion, Karen Roberts) of Springfield, and Marc (wife, Katie), of Davenport, IA; her brother, Patrick Bumpus (wife, Patty Long) of Springfield; grandson, Quinn Brown of Hudson, NH; several nieces and nephews. Cathy excelled in all her varied roles: wife and partner to Duane, competent and efficient office manager, attentive daughter, strict but fun-loving mother to her three boys, lively and endearing sister, relative, friend and neighbor. She will be remembered for her great enthusiasm and passion for life, her outspokenness, her devotion to all those she loved, and her capacity for laughter, fun, and joy. Family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2008 at Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. The visitation will begin with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on March 11, 2008 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1725 S. Walnut St., Springfield, IL with Rev. David J. Hoefler, celebrant. Burial will follow at West Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 460 N. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63141.

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