Catherine Lula Schauble

Cathy Schauble, 90, peacefully entered her heavenly home on August 20, 2020, at Schneidmiller Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene. A Funeral Mass for Catherine will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 919 East Indiana Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, with social distancing, masks, and no social afterward. Due to COVID-19, visitation is limited.

Cathy’s service will be lived streamed via Facebook Live. Visit English Funeral Chapels Facebook Page and the broadcast will start approximately five minutes before the service.

Cathy (Cass) was born March 20, 1930,, in Bovill, Idaho, the 11th of 12 children of Dudley Warfield and Nellie Gertrude (Ross) Hobbs.

Cathy moved to Spokane and was working at JC Penney when she met the love of her life, Milton, who at the time was employed at another JC Penney. Milton and Catherine were married at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane on June 24, 1950. Cathy became a devout Catholic and was an inspiration of her faith, becoming Godmother to many young ones baptized in the Church.

She and Milt moved to Missoula in 1952, then to Bonners Ferry in 1959, where Milt managed the JC Penney store for 39 years. He retired in 1985. They raised nine children — two sons followed by seven daughters born between 1951 and 1968.

During her years in Bonners Ferry she was a homemaker and participant in her children’s school, 4-H, Cub Scouts and church activities. She was an active member of the Bonners Ferry Art Club and St. Ann’s Altar Society. She held several jobs through the years, including deputy for the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office.

She was an accomplished, self-taught artist and created an impressive catalog of hundreds of oil paintings. She enjoyed pinochle, board games and fishing, as well as flower and vegetable gardening, canning a cellar-full of fruits and vegetables each summer. She was a skillful cook, seamstress and crafter, and hosted many gatherings for friends and relatives.

She was truly an amazing person with endless talents and abilities.

In 1992, Cathy and Milt moved to Post Falls. In their retirement years they enjoyed traveling and spending time with their 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During this time, she wrote voluminous poetry, winning awards with the International Society of Poets.

Her quick wit and kind, engaging personality brought smiles and sunshine to everyone she encountered, including those at Creekside Memory Care in the month before her passing.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Bryan, Wilson, Bernard, Delbert and Stanley Hobbs, sisters Evelyn, Bessie, Hazel, Beulah and June, grandson Michael Kendall and great-granddaughter Ashley Marie Schauble, mother and father-in-law Robert (Mary) Schauble, sister-in-law Elizabeth (Ray) DeLong brothers-in-law John, William, Don, Philip, Rollin and Albert Schauble and son-in-law Duane Primozich.

Cathy is survived by her husband of 70 years, Milton, sons David and Jeffrey; daughters Christine, Elizabeth, Victoria, Margaret (Bill Thibeau), Mikele (Paul Bruner), Becky and Rachelle (Todd Smith), brother Duane (Bobbi) Hobbs, brothers-in-law Philip (Maureen) Schauble and Joseph (Carolyn) Schauble, sisters-in-law Dorothy, Frances, Colleen, Marge and Betty, grandchildren Sheila, Angela, Shayna, Amanda, Sara, Olivia, Jennifer, Stefanie, Scott, Jeffrey, Erin, Brandon, Travis, Miranda, Lynda, Lisa, Brianna, Dustin, Kendra, Casey and Brenan; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cathy enjoyed a long, well-lived life. We are forever grateful for the gift of time we spent with her and will treasure the special memories she has left for us to keep. Long ago, she dreamed of flying (she even started flight training back in 1946). This Angel finally earned her wings!

The family thanks the staff at North Idaho Schneidmiller Hospice House, Creekside Inn, On Site for Seniors (Dr. Susan Melchiore and Heidi) and FirstLight Home Care for their kind, loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church.

Please visit Cathy’s memorial and sign her online guest book at