by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center
Although Catherine Janicke was originally hired to sign up people for health care, she plunged into any and every task that arose during the years she worked here. Not only able and intelligent, Catherine is strong! Time and again I was struck by her stamina and fortitude. She raked and hauled wagon-loads of debris across the Oak Tree campus and singlehandedly undertook the Adopt-a-Road clean up project on Community Work Day. It was not uncommon to find Catherine, burdened with heavy plastic tubs of clothing, climbing a rickety ladder that leads to our attic. A glimpse out the window would catch her lugging cases of yogurt, feta cheese, canned soups, or chili to the food pantry. If it was heavy, she bore it. If it was dirty, she cleaned it. If it was broken, she fixed it. If it was unseemly, she dealt with it. Oh yes, and she did sign people up for health care.
Catherine hauled countless car loads of discarded clothing and house wares to the Salvation Army, laundered, folded and shelved at least a ton of clothing for the clothes closet, lugged boxes and bags of garbage and recycling to down-the-hill-dumpsters, and smiled through it all. She was helpful to everyone, regardless of sex, age, or species. I never once heard her utter an unkind word to or about anyone. The most frequently asked question on her lips was, “What can I do to help?” Whatever it was, she did it. How can we help but miss her?
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