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TOWN OF GALE, Wis. — Cathy Ann Guthrie left this life at her childhood home on Decorah Prairie, Town of Gale, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Surrounded by her loving family, Cathy ended a six-year battle with cancer.

The youngest of three siblings, Cathy was born in La Crosse May 15, 1955, to Muriel Joyce (Hunter) and F. J. “Sam” Guthrie. She graduated from G-E-T High School and went on to receive a degree from UW-La Crosse, later obtaining a masters degree in human resources. Cathy loved the sun and outdoors and relocated to Phoenix in 1993. She went on to become the Human Resource Director of Health South Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Cathy loved to travel, hike and swim and was a huge fan of horse racing. A gifted rider, she took several very challenging horseback riding expeditions to Iceland, Canada and Utah. She also enjoyed many vacations to beach destinations including Tahiti, Cancun, Puerto Rico and a cruise on the Caribbean.

She is survived by her mother, Muriel Joyce of Galesville; sister, Nancy Bergman (Larry) of Whitehall; brother, Brian (Vicki) of West Salem; two nephews, Staff Sgt. Franz Bergman (Marie) Ramstein, Germany, and Aaron Bergman (Dalian, China); and one great-nephew, Adam Bergman in Germany.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sam.

A private memorial service will be held by the family in spring 2012 at the Decorah Prairie Cemetery in the Town of Gale. Memorials can be made to the Trempealeau County Humane Society.

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