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Catherine A. Shoup, 77 – Sunday School Teacher, Enjoyed Traveling

Catherine Anna Shoup, 77, of Ringtown, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 24, 2023.

Cathy was born on December 30, 1945, at the former Locust Mountain State Hospital in Shenandoah, the oldest child of the late Charles and Elsie (Trexler) Rumbel.

She was a 1963 graduate of the former Ringtown high school, and began a lifelong career, working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, first in the Bureau of Professional Licensing in Harrisburg, then later working for the Department of Health and Welfare in the Pottsville office, from which she retired.

She was an active member of the Aurand Memorial United Church of Christ in Ringtown. She served as a Sunday school teacher, beginning in her teens. She had more than 50 years of perfect attendance and participated in the Polyanna class. Cathy was also very active in the local chapter of the Eastern Star, where she was a past Worthy Matron.

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She enjoyed assisting her husband, Roger, providing chocolate cakes with peanut butter icing for local fire company functions.

Cathy was a friend to many, and in her retirement she enjoyed traveling with Roger and good friends to many destinations, one of which was their favorite was Alaska.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Roger, in February of this year, and by a brother, Charles.

She is survived by a sister, Esther, wife of Rodney Mastauskas of Kempton, and by a brother, John Rumbel and his wife Michelle, of Ringtown. A brother in law, Ralph Shoup of Catawissa also survives. Although she did not have any of her own children, she was blessed with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A funeral service was held at the Aurand Memorial United Methodist Church in Ringtown.

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Cathy was laid to rest alongside Roger at St. John’s cemetery in Ringtown following the service.

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