Jacqueline Marie Cattich passed away peacefully with her two daughters at her side, on June 11, 2012. She was 76 years of age.
Jacqueline was born in San Francisco to her parents, Lellia Gilly (Melbourne) and Herman Gilly, and was raised in El Granada. “Jackie,” the oldest of 11 siblings, was predeceased by her brother Frederick and survived by her sisters and brothers Penny Gilly of Susanville, Paul Gilly of Fort Bragg, Richard Gilly of Windsor, Dorothy Bettencourt of Half Moon Bay, Phillip Gilly of Redwood City, Phyllis Hilburn of Roseville, Marie Spurgeon of Seal Beach, Robert Gilly of Grants Pass, Ore., and Dolores Harrison of Redwood City. She is also survived by her two daughters, Lori Hofmann (Breen) of El Granada and Pamela Cattich (Barry Hutcherson) of Montara, her two grandchildren, Valerie Stark (Kenny Chaney) of Lakeport and Jason Stark (Joana Laranjinha) of Montara; and four great-grandchildren, Preston (Stark), Penny (Stark), and Khaya (Chaney) of Lakeport and Jade (Laranjinha-Stark) of Montara.
Jackie graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1954. She married her high school sweetheart, Ron Cattich, and worked for the phone company and then retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Half Moon Bay after 17 years of service. She was close to many longtime friends on the Coastside and leaves a legacy of being a wonderful cook and homemaker as well as a loving mother and dedicated friend. She had an appreciation for art, style and beauty, and took up oil painting in her 50s.
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
— Jane Ormes
A celebration of Jacqueline’s life will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at Memorial Park for family and friends. Call Lori (650) 726-4119 or Pam (650) 728-7142 for further information on the gathering.