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Catherine Lilyquist

Jan 16, 1925 - Jan 09, 2020


Catherine Lilyquist, age 94 of Sheboygan, was Promoted to Glory Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Morningside Nursing Home. She was born in Arpin, Wisconsin on January 16, 1925, the daughter of the late Gillis and Pieternella (Lampers) Roelse. She attended local Sheboygan Schools and on January 24, 1942 she was united in marriage to Gerald S. Lilyquist in Sheboygan. Gerald preceded her in death on December 7, 2014.
Catherine was a lifelong member of the Salvation Army; she was a Sunday School teacher, a vibrant member and chaplain of the Salvation Army Women’s Home League. She also participated in numerous Christmas and Easter plays and sang in the Songster Group throughout the years at the Salvation Army.
She was a loving and caring mother to her family and all those she met. She was a strong prayer warrior and she was not ashamed to share Jesus and His love with everyone. Catherine was an outstanding cook and some of her recipes are still sought today.
Survivors include sons, Russell (Judy), Earl (Carol), Brian (Barbara) and Rendell (Sue) Lilyquist; son-in-law, Stuart Merritt; fifteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brother, Donald Roelse, Sister, Dorothy (Brad) Canterbury and sister-in-law, Diane Roelse. Catherine was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Joan Lilyquist; daughter, Lynelle Merritt; great-grandson, Owen Lilyquist; brothers, Abe, Eddie, Gillis Jr. Roelse and sisters, Sue Genske, Virginia Mertes and Beatrice Atkinson.
A celebration service of Catherine’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at The Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan, with Daryl Mangeri officiating. Family and friends may call at The Salvation Army on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. Entombment will take place in the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 6706 Superior Ave., on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Catherine’s name and may be directed to the Sheboygan Salvation Army. Catherine’s family would like to thank the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, Terrace Estates and Daryl and Cheri Mangeri for the compassion, care and support that was given to them.
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at


Date: Saturday Jan 18, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Salvation Army [map]

Celebration of Life

Date: Saturday Jan 18, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Salvation Army [map]


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