Anne Cattanach Obituary

Anne C. Cattanach
Anne C. Cattanach

March 9, 1933 - March 10, 2021
Born in Summit Hill, PA
Resided in Waterford, Connecticut


Anne C Cattanach, 88, of Waterford CT, passed away March 10, 2021, surrounded by the love of her family.

She was born to the late Robert and Ruth Wylie, March 9, 1933, in the coal mining region of PA in the small town of Summit Hill. She was the sister of the late Ruthe Corbelletti. Anne
graduated and received a BA in Education, with a minor in Drama, from Penn State University in 1956.

Anne married David Cattanach in 1975, and they lived together in Glastonbury CT before relocating to Waterford, CT where they have lived since 1984.

Anne is survived by her two children, Lisa Curran Parenteau of Mashpee MA and William Wylie Wismer of Enfield CT, and her stepdaughter Suzanne Carol Cattanach of New London CT. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Lisa’s sons Benjamin Curran Metz of Abington MA and Daniel Curran Metz of Ufford England, Suzanne’s son Lee Austin Cattanach of Bentonville AR, and Lisa’s stepsons Chris Parenteau of Boston MA and Alex Parenteau of Denver CO. Anne is also survived by her great-granddaughter Eloise Anne (named after her) of Abington MA.

Anne was a special needs teacher for 33 years in Hebron CT. Her career as an elementary teacher was filled with love, humor and great accomplishment as she equipped so many children with tools for life-long success. But Anne was also a teacher of so much more. Through her life of volunteerism, she taught us all to serve others; through her love of entertaining, she taught us all to laugh and enjoy family and friends; through her love of her sorority ADK and her bridge group she taught us all about the importance of community and “being part of”; and perhaps most importantly she taught us to love God and the teachings of Jesus through her service and support of her church, most recently the Second Congregational Church in New London CT.

Anne’s full name was Ida Anne Wylie Wismer Curran Cattanach and she was defined by every one of those names. But she was a Wylie at her core: strong willed, capable, tenacious, entertaining, generous and always full of love and laughter.

“There are many good women, but you are the best.” -Proverbs 31:29

And just at that moment
when someone at my side says: “There! She’s gone!” there are other eyes that are watching for her coming; and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “There she comes!”

At this time, there will be no formal service. The family asks that you pour a beverage of choice, grab a loved one, and tell them a story about Anne. Please express your condolences and share memories at In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks that people make donations in support of their favorite charity.






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