Catherine Krainas Jasch

catherine jasch
Catherine Krainas Jasch, at the age of 98, had an engaging sharp mind & intellect, which caused a dinner partner of hers in 2009, who a former Yale classmate of George Bush to say that she was smarter than most that he knew. She was so physically beautiful at the age of 98 that while she was in Georgetown University Hospital groups of female physicians, among others, would appear out of nowhere to admire her skin. Up until June 2009, she was active & vibrant.

Catherine, who was the loving mother of Bonita Vivian Jasch Mampe, of McLean, Virginia, died in Washington, DC at the Washington Home on September 18, 2009 where she was recovering from a severe bout of pneumonia, when she contracted pneumonia again. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 22, 1911, married John Edward Jasch of Chicago & had two daughters, Bonita Vivian & Laura Gwendolyn. Her husband & daughter Laura, who was an Associate Professor & researcher at the University of British Columbia Medical School, preceded her in death.

Catherine, who was an active memeber of Joyce Memorial Methodist Church on the north side of Chicago, had been a teacher in the Chicago public school system until she retired. She was a tireless worker with a love for learning & was gifted in dealing with children. She was an early supporter of the Child Guidance Centers set up by Dr. Driekurs, where she was actively involved in dealing with troubled children & families.

While attending the Chicago Teacher's College & obtaining a Master's Degree from Roosevelt University, she was also the President of Alexander Graham Bell PTA in Chicago. As President of the Bell PTA, she developed school programs that enabled classrooms of children to attend Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts.

All through her 80's, Catherine worked with local community health & nursing efforts to foster good health care among the elderly. She also shopped for people who were shut-in & helped take care of their needs. For well over 50 years, she was a judge in all Chicago elections. She gardened, grew her own vegetables & canned them from her Chicago garden. She was a proponent of exercise & good nutrition. Her loving thoughtfulness & engaging personality were a hallmark that even in later life drew people to her. She will be sorely missed by many.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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