Cathy Zellner, 52, of Findlay, passed away early Saturday morning at her home surrounded by family and friends. Cathy was born February 11, 1961 in Tecumseh, Michigan to Charles “Skip” and Mary O’Neill, both of whom survive. She was a 1979 graduate of Arcadia High School and a 1981 graduate of The University of Toledo.
Cathy is also survived by her husband of 31 years, Jim; her sons, Jeff and Greg; her brother, Brian (June) O’Neill; niece (Regan) and nephew (Clayton).
Cathy was employed as a draftsperson, office manager, CAD Operator, project manager and owner during her 30 year tenure with Jim Rooney and eventually RCM Architects. During that time, Cathy was responsible for construction drawings and project management of some of the most prominent buildings in Findlay. Her crowning achievement was as project manager of Donnell and Glenwood Middle Schools and Millstream Career Cooperative while at the same time battling breast cancer that metastasized to her brain.
While her career was extremely important to Cathy, her passion was for her family. She loved following Jeff and Greg to all their sporting and musical events, and felt blessed that both her sons have found wonderful women to share their lives.
Cathy’s other passion was community service. She co-chaired the fundraising and construction of the “Steppin’ into Nature” Land Lab at Chamberlin Hill School with her husband Jim. Cathy was also chairperson of Open Arms Domestic Violence Shelter, a founding member of Flag City Morning Rotary, and was instrumental in founding Journey church and ultimately Journey at Christ Church United Methodist. This past year, Cathy was honored for all her life’s efforts by The Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and Huntington Bank as the 2013 recipient of the Athena Award.
Cathy loved life, loved others, loved her family, loved her pets, and was an avid fan of Michigan football! She has left a legacy of buildings, family and love and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
In keeping with everything Cathy represented, we will hold a Celebration of Life where we will all remember her sense of humor and passion for family and friends at Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the University of Findlay campus — 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 24th.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, Findlay.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Journey at Christ Church, Bridge Hospice, Open Arms Domestic Violence Shelter or Cancer Patient Services.
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