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Catherine Doris Black Schaughency, 95, dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Homer H. and Elvira McKee Black.
Catherine was born in Pittsburgh, graduated from Edgewood High School in 1941, and attended the University of Pittsburgh. January 4, 1944 she married Paul W. Schaughency of Beaver. During World War II Katie, as she was called at the time, worked for US Engineering and Foundry Company as secretary to four Russian engineers from the Soviet Purchasing Commission. Immediately following the war she accompanied Paul to Adak in the Aleutian Island chain, where she worked in the Civilian Personnel Office. Known to her friends after the war as Cathy, she worked in the Treasurer's Office at Pitt when Paul returned to Pitt after the war.
Throughout her life, church and community involvement were important. In the 1950s she was active at the First Congregational Church in Mt. Vernon, Ohio; and in the 1960s at Grace Presbyterian Church in Crystal City, Missouri. She was a 75-year member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a Golden Girl in the P.E.O. Sisterhood, was a 45-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Pittsburgh Chapter, and past president of Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Cathy received the Thanks Badge Award from the Girl Scouts Council of Greater St. Louis and was honored as the 1965 Rotary Ann of Achievement. Throughout the years she has enjoyed writing and has been published in Guideposts, United Effort Newsletter, and Point View of Providence Point.
Since moving back to Pittsburgh she has been active in many organizations, including longtime membership at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon. They moved to Providence Point Retirement Community in 2009.
Catherine is survived by her husband of 74 years, Paul W. Schaughency; her sister Elizabeth Allcroft; daughter Katherine (Leslie) Crider, son Edwin (Eileen) Schaughency, and daughter Elizabeth Schaughency (Paul Thorsnes); grandchildren Charles Sean (Kristin) Crider, Katherine (Justin) Phillips, Heather (Jonathan) Hall, Paul M. (Katherine) Schaughency, Lesley Colleen (Ryan) Brewer, Quinn Schaughency Thorsnes, and Shannon Schaughency Thorsnes; great-grandchildren Julia Crider, Abigail Phillips, Gideon Hall, Charles Crider, Ezekiel Hall and Crosby Brewer and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Jannette Sloan, brothers-in-laws James Sloan and Charles Allcroft and son Paul Wilson Schaughency II.
Memorial Service to be announced. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Southminster Church or the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the Revolution.