Catherine E. Belford
Date of Birth:  January 4, 1926
Date of Death:  June 11, 2017

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  • Catherine Emily Rothamel Belford passed away on June 11, 2017.  

    Her death was attributed heart disease.

    Catherine was a different person to different people.  She was a daughter, having been born to the late Mary and William H. Rothamel on January 4, 1926 at the family farm in Lake Shore.  

    She was a sister to the late William G. Rothamel and the late Mary Schaeffer Brooks.  She is survived by her brother John E. Rothamel of Pasadena, MD.  

    Catherine had been a student having graduated from the Old Jacobsville Elementary School in 1939 then from Glen Burnie High School in 1943.  

    She was a wife to the late Howard A. Belford who she married in 1944 while he was in the U. S. Army.  She became a widow when Howard died in 2002.

    Catherine was a mother to their children - William (wife Pam) of the home address James (wife Ann) of Eastern Shore, MD, David W of Glen Burnie, Sharon (husband Joseph) Funk of Pasadena, Richard (wife Faye) of Spartanburg, SC, H. Robert of Pasadena, Cathy (Cyril)Hoover of Mt. Airy, MD.  

    She was the grandmother to: Ronald Gene Belford, Cynthia Hoover Johnson; Christine Hoover Hinkle; Steven Funk and David M. Belford as well as Connie Rae Funk and two step granddaughters Amanda and Malissa.  She was a Great Grandmother of three great-grandsons and six step great granddaughters.

    Catherine was also a business woman having managed the Fire Brake Company, Inc. that she and Howard started fifty some years ago.

    She spent her spare time quietly volunteering.  She had been an assistant Brownie Scout leader; a member of the Mothers' Club Boy Scout Troop 473; Treasurer of the A.A. Co. branch of the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters for whom she and Howard scheduled, cooked, and served many Prayer Breakfasts. Catherine was a life member and former board of Director member of the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Co.  She was a Past President of the Women's Auxiliary of the Lake Shore Vol. Fire Company, the Powhatan Beach Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, the Ladies Auxiliary to the A.A. Co. Vol. Firefighters Association; Ladies Auxiliary Maryland Fire Chiefs Association.  For many years she was President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Eastport Vol. Fire Co. and to the Past Presidents Club-Ladies Auxiliary A.A. Co Vol. Firemens' Association.  Many will remember her as Mrs. Santa Claus at the Lake Shore Elementary School.

    Catherine will be missed by her relatives, friends and "special favorite other daughter."

    She was an advisor when asked and a shoulder to cry on when needed.

    By her request, her funeral will be private and there will be no memorial service.  Catherine said, "Those who would not speak TO me in life, need not speak OF me in death!"