Catherine Ann Rouget (Cathy), resident of Sun Lakes, AZ, passed away after a brave battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Her larger than life presence impacted anyone left in her wake, especially her children and grandchildren whom she treasured beyond words.
Cathy was born in Fulton, MO, on August 22, 1948, to Joseph and Regina Blockwitz. She was the oldest of 6 children and spent her childhood years in Missouri. The family eventually moved to Arizona around 1965. She was united in marriage to Don Rouget on December 27, 1969, and they celebrated over forty-nine years of adventure-filled marriage and two beautiful children Joe and Erin.
Cathy earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Business Finance from the University of Phoenix. She worked for Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology services, for over 20 years and loved her job and eventually retired in 2007. Cathy was very involved in all aspects of her children’s lives and was always encouraging their success. During, their younger years, she was even the President of the Mesa America Little League Association.
Don and Cathy enjoyed many fun years of retirement together. In 2017, they took a dream come true trip with her sister and brother-in-law to the East Coast for 3 weeks. It was a trip full of laughter and fun. Anyone that met Cathy knows that her smile would light up a room and that she was the life of any party.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two children: Joe (Nancy) Rouget, Queen Creek, AZ and Erin (Paul) Gerhart, Chandler AZ, sister Patricia (Tommy) Downs, Gilbert, AZ, brother Tony (Carol) Blockwitz, Litchfield, AZ, 6 beautiful granddaughters: Jill, Giovanna, Francesca, Grace, Sophia and Vivianna, and many other extended family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Regina Blockwitz, brothers, Michael and Dennis Blockwitz, sister, Janice King and granddaughter, Madison Marie Gerhart.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 1:00 – 5:00 at Oakwood Clubhouse, 24218 S Oakwood Blvd, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cathy’s name to Hospice of the Valley.