Elma (Desiderio) Catherine, 87, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Friday August 30, 2008, surrounded by her family at the Niagara Hospice House in Lockport, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Camillo and Giustina (Paolini) Desiderio.

Elma attended local schools and on June 27, 1939 graduated from Niagara Falls High School with a degree in business. Mrs. Catherine worked for New York Telephone Company, Carborundum Corporation, and in the law office of Robert Rotundo, Esq., all in Niagara Falls, NY. Elma was also a waitress for 42 years at many of Niagara Falls memorable eateries including the former Delfredo’s, Biagio’s, and Alps Restaurants, before retiring in 1986. Her life centered on family; whether she was baking Christmas cookies or Easter bread, or taking pleasure in crocheting afghans for her family members, Elma always found the best in people and was able to connect with them on different levels. She was also an avid New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills fan.

Mrs. Catherine is survived by two children, Joseph A. (Marie A. Kowalski) Catherine III and Sandra E. Catherine Sirianni, both of Niagara Falls, NY; four grandchildren, Justina M. Sirianni, Jennifer (Jesse) Feuerstein, David Catherine, Joanna Catherine; two great-grandchildren, Keira Rose Feuerstein and Noah Feuerstein; two sisters, Yola (late Charles) Civiletto, Jeanette (late Anthony) Scibilia, both of Niagara Falls, NY; one brother Elio Desiderio of New York City, NY, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul (Mardi) Catherine of Niagara Falls, NY; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Theresa M. Sirriani in 1984; and her former husband, Joseph A. Catherine, Jr. on October 28, 1992, whom she married on August 24, 1943 in Union City, NC.

Friends may call on Monday from 4-8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI AND SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY, where funeral services will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd at 9:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave, Niagara Falls, NY, with Rev. Stewart Lindsay O.S.F.S. officiating. Interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive Lockport, NY 14094.

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