Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 12, 2013

Catherine Lauer - 1915-2012


The Independent

COLCHESTER, CN — Catherine Lauer, 97, formerly of Ashland, died peacefully on Dec. 29, 2012, in the Harrington Court Convalescent Home in Colchester, Conn.

She was born Aug. 16, 1915, in Portsmouth, Ohio, the daughter of the late Barry King and Cora Abrams.

She had three sisters, Ada Burton, Ruby Keaton and Edith Abrams; and two brothers, Howard Abrams and Russell Abrams, who died as a POW in World War II.  

She married William R. Crowe and had two sons, Dewey Crowe of Orlando, Fla., and William Abrams of Colchester.

After her husband died, she went to nursing school and received her LPN degree and worked in hospitals and in private duty home care for many years.  

She married Ervin Lauer in 1960, who predeceased her. Catherine was an independent woman who loved life. She loved baseball, gardening, fishing, traveling and loved to write poetry and play the piano, even though she never had a formal lesson. Most of all, she loved her Lord and loved to sing hymns, her favorite being “The Old Rugged Cross.”  

She leaves her two sons; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed.  

There will be a private memorial service at 11 a.m. April 27, 2013, at the Dixon Cemetery in Ashland.