Catherine Ann Colgrass-Edwards

Cathy Colgrass Edwards

Catherine Ann Colgrass-Edwards, was born in Berwyn, IL and was a life-long resident of Brookfield, IL. She was a dedicated servant, ambassador and strong proponent of Brookfield. Her calling was to serve her family and community as Clerk of Brookfield, former Trustee and Recreation Director of Brookfield. She attended Gross School, Riverside Brookfield High School and organized many local reunions and events. Beloved mother of Hershyl “Mike” N. (Christie) Edwards; fond daughter of the late Michael C. Colgrass and Anna V. Colgrass, nee Hand; dear sister of Gloria Colgrass-Lokay and Michael (Ulla) Colgrass; aunt of many nieces and nephews and amazing Friend to everyone. Visitation Sunday, August 9, 2015, 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Monday, August 10, 2015, 10:30 A.M. to Time of Service 11 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Interment Private. Memorials appreciated to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, 733 Third Avenue, Suite 510, New York, NY 10017. Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Bruce Jablonski condolence:

    I am very sorry to hear of Cathy’s death. I have known and worked with her for years at PeopleCare. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and I will miss her smile a great deal.

  2. Mary Krzos condolence:

    Cathy was a dear friend but also worked tirelessly with me to initiate and supervise the construction of the brick memorial walkway in Gross Middle School’s courtyard. She was devoted to Brookfied; serving residents, constituents and friends wherever and whenever she was able. Brookfield will miss her greatly, I will as well. My sincerest sympathies to her family and friends.

  3. Renee Sebek condolence:

    I will remember an Angel and love my family loved her. Never selfish wonderful smile. Had a blast with her at Irish Times. God Bless you Cathy love you and miss you. Love, Renee Sebek the sebeks

  4. Pat Little Kranz condolence:

    Cathy and I knew each other since we were 4 years old. We grew up on the same block in Brookfield and always kept close. She will be sorely missed; a true gem of a human being. Rest in peace, “Mouse”. Lots of love! Patti

  5. Tom & Renee Milani condolence:

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Cathy’s passing. We had the pleasure of seeing her a week or two ago for the first time in a while and she looked and sounded like she was doing very well. She was a great lady,full of energy, and she’ll be greatly missed by many.

  6. Cindy Shelton condolence:

    My sincerest condolences to Cathy’s family. I’ve had the ULTIMATE pleasure of being Cathy’s neighbor for 15 years. Cathy always brought a smile to my face and I always enjoyed her witty conversations. I’m really going to miss Cathy and her frequent pleas to my now 7-year-old son over the years to “please stop growing”. Rest in peace my dear Cathy. You were a most special person and I am really going to miss you!

  7. Ralph and Carol Rizzo condolence:

    Cathy will be missed by so many from our High School Reunions. A great friend and a treasure to have known. A kind lady with a beautiful personality.

  8. Peggy Swingholm condolence:

    Please accept my deepest sympathy at this sad time. I remember Cathy best at Congress Park School as a volunteer in the 1980’s. She always brought a spark to the PTC meetings! She will be missed by many.

  9. Tabitha Fonte condolence:

    Cathy you will be missed tremendously. A close friend of my mother’s (Holly) since kindergarten and mine since birth. I loved you for 43 years. You were and always will be family to us. The “talks” we had , and the many times we laughed; You were always around to listen. We will miss you and I really wish we had more time. Clearly this world will never know another amazing person like you. God bless your family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you Cathy… The Fonte Family

  10. Jane Troy (Voss) condolence:

    Very sorry to hear about Cathy. She was always so thoughtful and considerate about sending us all the neighborhood news. She will be greatly missed.

  11. Elaine Jans condolence:

    I knew Cathy from attending PEP party functions. She was such a warm, loving person, who made you feel as if you were her best friend in the world.

  12. Roger Carlson condolence:

    Please accept our sincere condolences to you, Michael and Ulla, and your family.

    Sincerely, Roger and Yolanda Carlson

  13. Dennis Sonnenberg condolence:

    Our community has suffered a very great loss. Cathy’s indomitable spirit and her deep devotion to the people of Brookfield will not ever be forgotten by any of us who worked with, or laughed with, her. Her memory will continue to be an inspiration to us all.

  14. Chris Stach condolence:

    I am both surprised and saddened at her passing. She was truly one of the originals of Brookfield, who cared deeply about her village, and her friends. She came to me many times for historical information that I gladly conveyed back to her. She regarded me as Brookfield’s Greatest Historian, and I regarded her as being a truly Great Lady and Personal Friend.

  15. Richard Petranek condolence:

    Cathy was/is a wonderful woman who touched many lives. Rest Eternal grant to her O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon her. May her memory be eternal.

  16. Charles Pierson condolence:

    This woman was always so important to our community and a dear friend to so many of us that she will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her. Hail and farewell, Cathy!

  17. Joanne Janetopoulos condolence:

    Prayers to Cathy’s family. What a wonderful person, friend, and asset to Brookfield! Cathy and I have known each other from her Rec Dept days when I worked for her teaching dance. Since then I have been privileged to know her as a friend to all and a staple in our community. Just the other day I walked out of Gross School, looked at the alum brick area, saw Cathy’s name, and thought how blessed we are to have her love and passion for our community and town. Your light will continue to shine, Cathy. ♡

  18. Charlene Wrolson (Konfrst) condolence:

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to out Cathy’s family. We both grew up in Brookfield and at an early age, I realized what a special, kind person she was. She touched many lives throughout her life and will be deeply missed.
    Rest In Peace Dear Lady.

  19. Laura Mannion condolence:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Cathy’s passing. She was Chair of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Brookfield. She made a difference in the lives of so many people. She had a tremendous spirit and shared her strength and warmth generously with every person she came in contact with. I am a better person for having known her and having worked with her. God has a special new angel.

  20. Barbara (Ryski) Barkley condolence:

    Cathy will be missed by so many. I’ve known her since we were just little kids in Brookfield. She had a kind and caring heart. My deepest sympathy to her family. I am sure that whenever I pass through our home town, I will think of her fondly and smile, because it was a blessing to have known her.

  21. Barbara Prack condolence:

    Hearing of Cathy’s death has deeply saddened me. I had a few occasions to spend some time with her and I know she was a very loving, kind, helpful, and dedicated person to those she met. My heart goes out to her family at this very difficult time.Cathy will truly be missed by everyone who knew her.

  22. Ken Siek condolence:

    Seems like allot of great people are
    leaving us too soon. Knew Cathy since
    grade school and hanging out at Simone’s
    and the eight corners. She was the hub of our social life and she will be truly
    missed and never forgotten. See you on
    the other side.

  23. Sylvia Winhoven Sherry condolence:

    Cathy I know I am only one of the many people you touched with your life and one of the many who will miss you. Although most of our memories were made during grade school and high school, you have always been kind gracious and generous to me. I was looking forward to us attending my 50th reunion together. Yours is a life well lived. My sincerest sympathy to your family and all your friends. I hold you in my heart.

  24. Paul Szachnitowski condolence:

    I will miss being told what a dope I am. Politically we were opposites and often laughed about it. We exchanged emails last week about some people who had passed. I told her that I needed her to live a long time because “nobody rags me like she does.” I am going to miss this wonderful woman.

  25. Kristin Gembara condolence:

    I am saddened by the loss of Cathy. I first met Cathy through the Brookfield Rec. Department when she hired me as a Dance Teacher, our connection was immediate. My condolences to her family and friends. Cathy was an asset to the Village of Brookfield and a genuine person. She will be missed immensely.

  26. Carol Roehm condolence:

    Cathy was one of my Brookfield “Village People” when I was a young reporter at Suburban LIFE 20-25 years ago. I spent many mornings talking with her in the basement of the Village Hall, where she always had some kind of scoop, gossip or story idea. One of my favorite stories with her was when she told me about a popular soda fountain drink during her high school days called Boojie Beer. I’m glad we reconnected in recent years on social media. I know she will be very missed in Brookfield and I will miss her friendship, too.

  27. Suzi Stevens-Koller condolence:

    I an very saddened and my heart hurts.
    I will miss Cathy! I enjoyed and loved her friendship. She was absolutely wonderful the way she kept us all informed. When I come to Chicago it will defiantly not be the same. This seems so unfair and completely crazy as I just spoke to her a week ago.
    You will always be in my thoughts Cathy!
    With love, Suzi Stevens-Koller

  28. Larry Padgett condolence:

    My condolences to Cathy’s family and friends. I had the privilege to work with Cathy when I was a Brookfield Police Office. I always enjoyed our conversations. Cathy will be missed by all.

  29. Diane Slezak condolence:

    Brookfield has lost a treasure. Cathy is not replaceable. Most recently Cathy generously provided guidance and support to launch the new Brookfield Community Cafe. The Cafe’s success is a testament to Cathy’s know how, vast community connections and passion to make sure that older adults have a place to go for healthy meals, social interaction and wellness programs. She had an amazing vision for what the Cafe could be one day and she was dedicated to making it happen. I will miss her so much.
    Diane Slezak

  30. David Formato condolence:

    I’m sorry to hear about Cathy my prayers are with her and her family.

  31. Diane (Winhoven) Davis condolence:

    Knowing Cathy always warmed my heart and made me smile when I heard her name. She was such a sweet person and always was busy doing good. I will miss her and her postings keeping a lot of us together via social media.

  32. Mike Piche condolence:

    Met Cathy through my brother, Paul. Sweet, fun lady to be around. RIP. The voice of Brookfield has been hushed to a whisper.

  33. Candace Cupples condolence:

    I have known Cathy since we were little girls in school together, but only reconnected in the last few years thanks to FB. I was so glad that I was able to see her last September at our class reunion. My sincere condolences to her family, especially to her son, she was so proud of you.

  34. Ken Grunke condolence:

    Cathy was one of my inspirations as I worked in the aging field at Aging Care Connections. She always gave me great advice and became a mentor in that respect. She was also an amazing ambassador of aging – absolutely extrordinary – one of the best Aging Well team members. A woman full of life and energy – I was so shocked when I heard of the news. All of my love, prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time.

  35. Tom Uhlich condolence:

    We all Love you Cath… We will miss you forever… What a lady…

  36. Vince Fucarino condolence:

    Extremely sad and shocked to receive the news about the passing of Cathy. She was a great Lady and Friend!!! I had the pleasure of working with Cathy thru the years in Brookfield on various development projects. Cathy’s input was always for the betterment of Bookfield. She was a Great public Official. My Condolences go out to her family.
    We will miss you Cathy!!

  37. Mark Yurkiw condolence:

    Very sorry to learn of Cathy’s passing. I can’t add much to what has already been said. She loved Brookfield and was part of the glue that held the community together. Cathy will be deeply missed by all. God bless.

  38. Christine Polivka condolence:

    I am so sorry that Cathy has moved on. She was a great person and a excellent supporter of the village. My prayers and with her family. She can never be replaced in the village. She will be horribly missed.

  39. Eric R Sawchuk condolence:

    Cathy was a tremendous person and I had the honor of knowing her and working with her on projects. She always had a smile and a joke to tell. Rest in Peace, Thanks be to God.

  40. Cheryl Chapman condolence:

    I always admired my friend Cathy ever since the time we met as volunteers at Congress Park School. We shared so much as our sons were growing up in band together – Cathy was always so proud of her composer brother and her musician son! And, dedicated to public service, so proud of Mike’s Christie, a teacher, too. I never knew anyone so dedicated to public service and to keeping her Brookfield wonderful, safe, beautiful, and prospering. She was always there for everyone who needed her; she leaves a big legacy for the rest of us to fill. I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it to the service – this week there is a chamber music festival in town, and I am housing and feeding a few musicians…Cathy wouldn’t be surprised…”sorely missed” is such an understatement.

  41. Steve Mrizek condolence:

    My thoughts and prayers go to Cathy’s family and in particular to Mike. It has been a long time, but I will always remember the kindness she showed me throughout my youth. She was an extremely kind and generous person that I will always remember.

  42. Darlene Kovanic Ulickey condolence:

    I lived across the street from Cathy during our school years. She was in my brother Steve’s class – 2 years ahead of me. Cathy’s energy, generosity, love of life, and concern for others’ welfare was very evident even back then. She recently happily included me in her “8 Corners” neighborhood news emails and made time for a few personal emails as well. My sincere sympathy is sent to her family on their loss.

  43. Steve Kovanic condolence:

    My sincerest sympathies to Cathy’s Family and Friends. —-I Will Miss You Cathy —

  44. Mark Ryan condolence:

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Cathy’s passing while out of town. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with her since I was hired on BPD back in 1986. Cathy had “Heart” and a willingness to participate for the betterment of her community. I liked her for that. Brookfield will miss her! My condolences to family and friends.

  45. Nadia condolence:

    To the Edwards family, I’m very sorry for your loss. No matter how much time passes we still feel the loss of our loved ones and view death as God does, an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26) May you find comfort and hope in His promise at Revelation 21:3,4 that shows soon there will be no more death, and we can see our loved ones again. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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