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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]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Dean and Patricia Lilyquist

Such a great person spreading and teaching the gospel of Jesus her whole life.

Cherie Mangeri

Katie was such a joy and encouragement to our family. Her faith, courage and strength were outstanding! For all that she had been through she continually praised the Lord and encouraged others to do the same. She accepted and loved on everyone that walked in the church. You never heard gossip, a cross word, a racial remark, course joking, bad language, or politically charged conversations. What rare qualities compared to most in society today...Christians and non-Christians alike. She was a role model who will be missed greatly. What a day it will be when we meet again in Glory!

Greg Mittelstadt

Brian, my condolences to you and your family. Christian parents are one of God's greatest gifts. They love and nurture their children in the glow of God's gift to us in Christ Jesus. Take solace & comfort in God's promise of your mother's eternal life in heaven. God Bless. Greg Mittelstadt

John and Lora Martin

Sorry for you loss. After They Are Gone When someone we love passes away, We ache, but we go on; Our dear departed would want us to heal, After they are gone. Grief is a normal way to mend The anguish and pain in our hearts; We need time to remember and time to mourn, Before the recovery starts. Let's draw together to recuperate, As we go through this period of sorrow; Let's help each other, with tender care To find a brighter tomorrow.

Daniel Madson

Dearest Brian, Barbara and entire family, Your mother sounded like a strong Christian willing to share Christ's saving gospel to all she touched. Brian, she sounded like an amazing person to all, while being blessed with a long life. Our deepest sympathy to you and your extended family. Sincerely, Dan and Mary Ellen Madson

Kimberly Fischer

My condolences