Cathy Lynn Desper

Born: 07/29/1954 Passed:

Cathy Lynn Desper age 66, passed away peacefully, January 10, 2021. She was born on July 29, 1954 in Carmi, Illinois.

Our hearts are broken, and our family will never be the same without our Cathy. She touched everyone that she came to know. She loved her family and friends more than you would ever imagine. She made everyone’s day when she entered the room. Her Papi Chulo, her soulmate, Richard John Vicencio was her heart of 50 years. She loved any kind of gambling, car shows, was a die-hard Browns fan, and most of all, riding on the back of Ritchie’s motorcycle holding him tight.  She had worked at Park Farms, Sarta, Headstart, Orioles and was a member and employee of the VFW 3747. She absolutely enjoyed the people she worked with.

Cathy is preceded in death by her mother, Betty “Buttercup” Desper and father, Cornelious Guy D “Mad Dog” Desper; brothers, Steve Guy Desper and Michael Ray Desper; and nephew, Gregory Desper Jr.

Cathy is survived by her daughters, Cheyenne (Ricky) Vicencio-Patterson and Shawnee (Bobby) Vicencio- Henderhan; stepson, Vance Thomas; sisters, Cindy (Randy) Rusu and Lisa Schultheis; her pride and joy, grandchildren, Nina Grambling, Shawn Grambling, Dylan Handerhan, Malia Grambling, Chase Jones, Dylanee Henderhan, Gio and Addely Thomas; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Greg (Vickie) Desper Sr.; numerous nieces and nephews; and all the extended Vicencio family members.

At this time, no services will be held, and a Celebration of Life will be announced later.


13 Tributes to Cathy Lynn Desper

  1. Robin Dowey says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. ???????????????????????? To help guide the family and friends through this very difficult time

  2. Keeley Desper says:

    I love u Aunt Cathy!! I’ll make sure we still have porch days with Uncle Richie in the summer! I’m going to miss you terribly! ☹️

  3. Trina Pittman says:

    I really wish you didn’t have to go. I wish I could have one more glass of tea on the front porch with you. I wouldn’t leave this time, we could sit and laugh all day. I always told you “ you are one of my favorite people”-I wasn’t lying!
    You’d say “You know I love you”

    • Your daughter Shawnee says:

      My dearest Mommy!!!! My heart is so broken that you had to leave us so suddenly and was not prepared to say goodbye to you, but you can rest easy and don’t worry about Dad, I promise to take care of him. We all will miss you so very much, but we will always have the best memories of you forever and always. I love you so very much Mom ????

  4. JoAnn Vicencio says:

    Cathy will surely be missed ????by many she always would find a way to turn a frown around ???? She was like the energized bunny always going and going ,lived life to the fullest. I know you will be Heaven with my mom (oh boy) the two of yous together watch out Well Cathy I’m not saying Good Bye but till we meet again Love you My condolences to all my family in Ohio I have everyone in my prayers ????????????????????????

  5. Danny Paul says:

    RIP Into Eternity Cathy,LOVE…

  6. Amanda Bowman says:

    Aunt Cathy ,
    Was the absolute best, she welcomed me as if I was blood, she never judged me just told me to get it together lol! She never held her tongue she truly was the realest and was the life of the party, things will never be the same without you, you have forever impacted my life Thank you for loving me and including me in your life we will celebrate u now and forever I love you so much!!!

  7. Janet Young says:

    Cathy was loved and respected by the children, families and staff at Head Start. She was such a loving, lively woman whose passion for life was shown in her smile and actions. Sympathy and prayers for all who knew and loved her.

  8. Linda Flanigan says:

    My deepest sympathies to you Richie, Cheyenne, Shawnee and the family. My heart is heavy knowing I will never hear her laughter again. She was a true friend and I am going to miss her tremendously. Not being able to say goodbye is the hardest part, but Cathy, I know you are celebrating with your family in heaven, while we will continue to celebrate you here. Rest easy Cathy, I miss and love you girl.

  9. Jeanette Stewart says:

    Very sadden to hear of Cathy passing. Wow I will miss blowing my horn at you sitting on the porch and you yelling at me. Rest on my friend. Praying for the family ????????????

  10. mick kotema says:

    so very shocking and sad to hear about cathy im sure going to miss her

  11. Vicki (Dyer) Cook says:

    Lisa, my heartfelt sympathy to you and to all of your family for the enormous loss of your sweet sister, Cathy. I met Cathy in home room at McKinley High School. Her smile was infectious and she was so much fun. Every time I would picture Cathy it would always be with her laughing. I will never forget the twinkle in her eyes. She had a beautiful soul. May you always be comforted by your special memories of her.

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