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Honorable Catherine M. Miklitsch

April 21, 1952 ~ March 12, 2021 (age 68)


Honorable Catherine M.  Miklitsch of Lewiston, NY,  passed away Friday, March 12, 2021, at home from Alzheimer’s, surrounded by her sisters and brothers, under the care of her  devoted caregivers and Niagara Hospice.

She was born in Niagara Falls, NY, on April 21, 1952, the daughter of the late Robert W. and  Catherine [Berry] Miklitsch, Sr.

Cathy attended St. Peter’s School in Lewiston and Madonna High School in Niagara Falls.  She earned her bachelor’s from Niagara University and her law degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire.  After law school, she worked at the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, NY and the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County, NY.   She then became the  Hearing Examiner and later a Magistrate, in the State of New York Family Court of Rockland County.

Cathy received numerous awards for her leadership and contributions to the legal profession.   She was

a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Women’s Bar Association,

as well as Past President of the Rockland County Bar Association and the Rockland County Women’s

Bar Association.

She was the wife of the late Raymond T. O’Connell, who passed away on December 22, 2008.  

Cathy was the mother of Raymond M. O’Connell, sister of Sister Teresa Miklitsch, OSF,  

Mary Fran (Donna Pavetti) Miklitsch, Rosemary (Jim) Rapino, Robert and David and

was the aunt of Audrey Miklitsch, Cai and ZhenHua Pavetti.

Her family will be present on Sunday, March 14, 2021 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the

RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 901 Cayuga Street, LEWISTON, NY.    Friends are

invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 9:30 AM at St. Peter's

Church, 620 Center Street, Lewiston, NY, with the Rev. Cole Webster officiating.

Due to current regulations, facial coverings and social distancing will be required.

Flowers are gratefully declined.   Memorials may be made in her name to the

Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

Interment in Gethsemane Cemetery, Rockland Lake, NY.    

Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com, for guest register.          


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March 14, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rhoney Funeral Home, Inc.
901 Cayuga St
Lewiston, NY 14092-1734

March 14, 2021

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Rhoney Funeral Home, Inc.
901 Cayuga St
Lewiston, NY 14092-1734

Mass of Christian Burial
March 15, 2021

9:30 AM
St. Peter's R.C. Church
620 Center Street
Lewiston, NY 14092

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