Catherine “Katie” Datto

BALTIC – Catherine “Katie” Datto, 94, a former resident of Baltic, passed away Tuesday morning, March 2, 2014, at Woodland Haven of the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where she had been a resident patient for the past 10 years.

She was born on April 3, 1919, in Painesdale, a daughter of the late Anton and Anna (Sikonya) Pintar. She attended the Painesdale School.

In January of 1940, she was united in marriage to Tony Datto. The couple moved to South Range and were raising four children when he suddenly preceded her in death on December 13, 1955.

Katie worked for many years as a clerk for Kivi’s IGA and Paoli’s Market in South Range.

Mrs. Datto was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church of South Range where she was active with the Alter Society. She was a member of F.O.E. Aerie 1122 of South Range where she would help with bingo and the Daughters of Italy. She was an avid Detroit Red Wings fan and loved to bowl.

Preceding her in death were her husband, her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are her children, Tony (Bonnie) Datto of South Range, Maria (Robert) Chase of Appleton, Wis., Kathy (Russ) DeForge of South Range, and Jean (Rick) Stevens of South Range; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Mary Bianchi of Chassell; numerous nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial for Katie will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Range with Fr. John Martignon to celebrate.

Spring burial will be in the Mt. View Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, March 7, 2014, from 10 a.m. until time of services at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Range.

Katie’s family would like to thank the staff of Woodland Haven at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility for the care given and shown to her during her stay.

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The Memorial Chapel and Plowe Funeral Homes have been assisting the family with the arrangements.