Catherine Mary Dauber 1908-2002 Obituary

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Catherine Mary Dauber, 94, a well-known ecumenical leader and volunteer, a former resident of Boston, Mass., and 224 Evergreen Drive, Elkins, and more recently a resident of Colonial Place in Elkins, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday evening, Oct. 29, 2002, at Colonial Place. She had been in declining health for the past year and death was attributed to complications from a stroke.

She was born Thursday, Jan. 30, 1908, at Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of the late Michael Cyrillus Yeagle and Edith Ritter Yeagle.

On July 15, 1933 in Boston, Mass., she was married to Clarence A. Dauber, president of Charles T. Main Inc., who preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 1971.

Surviving are one son, Dr. James H. Dauber and wife, Christine, Pittsburgh, Pa.; two daughters, Judy Guye, Elkins, and Debora Mosher and husband, John, Norfolk, Va.; seven grandchildren, Monica Varchetto and Melodee Price, both of Elkins, Pamela Holland, Boston, Mass., Natalie Hessler, Wooster, Ohio, Jeffrey Mosher, Alexandria, Va., Karen Herron, Raleigh, N.C., and Kimberly Mosher, Buxton, N.C.; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Dauber was a graduate of the Western Reserve University School of Nursing at Cleveland, Ohio, with the class of 1930. She was active in church and civic affairs in Cleveland and was president of Church Women United of Greater Cleveland. Upon moving to Boston, Mass., in 1961, she soon became active in this organization and became president of Church Women United of Massachusetts.

She was a member of the Old South Church and served as trustee and Women’s Guild chairman. In 1969 she was chosen as the first woman moderator of the council and first woman chairman of the trustees of the Old South Church.

Mrs. Dauber served as vice president of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, which awarded her the Forest L. Knapp Ecumenical Award in 1983 for excellence and diligence in advancing unity and mission among churches of the commonwealth.

She served on the board of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ and was president of the Church League for Civil Welfare.

Besides her church activities, she was active in the YMCA of Boston, was president of the League of Women Voters and received the Carrie Chapman Catt award in recognition of her longtime service to the league.

She was a trainer in the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program and was awarded the cancer society’s St. George Medal for her volunteer work. Also a member of the Ladies Committee of Tuft’s New England Medical Center, she volunteered there for 32 years.

In 1974 she was named State Merit Mother of Massachusetts. She was a member of the board of trustees of Andover-Newton Theological Seminary for 20 years. She served as president of Boston University’s Women’s Council and president of the College Club of Boston.

Cremation services were provided by the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jeff Falter officiating. Interment of cremains will be at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman. A memorial service will also be held at the Old South Church at Boston, Mass., on Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston, Mass., 02116, or to the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, New Bible Fund, 450 Randolph Ave., Elkins, W.Va., 26241.

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