Monday, November 13, 2006

Phyllis Tidd Catotti (1929-2006)

(Originally posted on Monday, November 13, 2006 by Cathy)

My grandmother died early this morning. I'll have more to say later, but the obit will do for starters.

    Phyllis Tidd Catotti of Gainesville died November 13 at North FL Regional Hospital. Mrs. Catotti was born in Bennington VT on January 27, 1929, the daughter of the Charles and Gladys Page Tidd. She moved to Gainesville with her husband and children in 1963.

    Mrs. Catotti was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed by Arthur, her husband of 58 years; five daughters Carol Sarisky of Gainesville, Donna Catotti of Haines, Alaska, Claire Warren of Miami, Jan Catotti of Aiken, South Carolina, and Anne Butler of Knoxville, TN; two sons, Charles Catotti of Durham, North Carolina, and Christopher Catotti of Oviedo, Florida; four sons-in-law; two daughters-in-law; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandson (that's Dalty); and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers Charles and Lawrence Tidd and her sister Anne Kiersznowski.

    She was an active member of Holy Faith Catholic Church and the Hofa Craft Group, where she was known for the small hand-sewn bears that she created. She also enjoyed many other needlework and craft projects, collecting antiques, birdwatching, reading, word puzzles, and watching Gator sports. She was an accomplished cook and baker, and her family continues to enjoy many of her special recipes. Mrs. Catotti suffered with rheumatoid arthritis and several other illnesses for many years and faced physical pain and increasing disability with both courage and acceptance.

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