Catherine Schwahn


Catherine (Kate) Schwahn, 96, of Bismarck, ND, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 7, 2022, reuniting with her loving husband of more than 50 years, Adam Schwahn.  Mass of Christian burial will be on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Ascension.  Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home with a Rosary and prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Catherine was born September 24, 1925 to Ambrose & Regina (Magilke) Morrell in St. Anthony, ND.  She was the third youngest of seven children.

Catherine and her family moved from St. Anthony to Mandan, ND, until 1928 and then moved to Bismarck.  She attended St. Mary’s grade school and high school where she graduated in 1944.

Catherine was a hard worker and worked many places including St. Alexius, O’Briens Café, Yegan Dairy and later Sears Roebuck and Co. as a bookkeeper.

Catherine married the love of her life, Adam Schwahn, on October 23, 1948 at St. Mary’s Church in Bismarck.  They moved to Dickinson, ND, shortly after for two years and back to Bismarck in 1959.  After returning to Bismarck, Adam and Catherine adopted two children, Kenneth John and Nancy Mary Schwahn.

Catherine loved reading, gardening, camping, fishing, sewing, embroidering, and volunteering at the senior center.  Her greatest joy was playing bingo.  Catherine would never turn down a game of bingo.  She was a member of the Amvets and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.  She loved baking for benefits and other functions.

Catherine spent more than 22 years volunteering for the community.  She spent many of those years volunteering at the Burleigh County adult senior center.  She received many awards for her dedicated service.  In 2003, she received the Volunteer Action Award; 2005, the Ma Werner Award; and in 2008 the RSVP Central ND Excellence Award.

For the last 8 years, Catherine resided at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, now Augusta Place, where she had many wonderful caretakers and made many friends.

Catherine is survived by her son Kenneth, Houston, TX; daughter Nancy, Mandan, ND; her brother Matt Morrell, Bismarck, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Adam Schwahn; sisters Pauline (Adam) Boehm, Frances (Ray) Finck, and Anna (Alfred) Cardwell; brothers Jackie (infant), John (Regina), and George (Elaine) Morrell; and sister-in-law Darlene Morrell.

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You will be deeply missed dear Aunt Katie. I won’t forget your smile, laugh and classy dressing. Thank you for being the best Godmother ever. You never forgot a birthday. Alway so kind to my family. I love you❤️You are now one of Gods beautiful angels. Bet Uncle Merner was happy to see you🥰RIP dear Auntie😘