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Catherine Lucille Fox

December 22, 1923 November 28, 2020
Catherine Lucille Fox
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Obituary for Catherine Lucille Fox

On November 28, 2020 – less than a month shy of her 97th birthday – Catherine Lucille Smith Fox died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Born in Pittsburgh, PA to Elmer Nicholas and Loretta Ann Wallisch Smith, “Kitty” grew up on 39th Street in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood with her two brothers and her sister. After graduation from high school, where she was a member of the drama club, she worked for the city library system and as a secretary for Reliance Insurance Company. She met her husband, Joseph H. Fox of Fairmont, WV, while he attended Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) and after corresponding with him during Joe’s service with the 78th Division, 778th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company in WWII they were married in 1948 at St. John the Baptist in Lawrenceville.

Kitty and Joe moved to Michigan after their wedding, where she worked in the executive office of Chrysler in Highland Park. They moved to Westacres in 1954 after Joe learned of this wonderful community by way of ALCOA co-worker, Earl Huber, husband of Wanda Huber (long-time residents of Sweetbriar). The Fox home was a freshly built result of the Phase 2 building of Westacres homes. It was here that she and Joe developed a close-knit group of friends whose family names are still evident in Westacres. Kitty became an active volunteer in the neighborhood by serving on the staff of the Westacres Weekly as well as a member of the Westacres Women's Club.

Her organizational talents were essential to the success of their business, Fox Industries, where she served as Vice President, chief financial officer, wise sounding board, and coach. Kitty was a past President of the Countryside Improvement Association, a women’s charitable organization which now funds an annual financial grant to college students. She also served as a Girl Scout leader and as a member of the Westacres Womens’ Club.

Kitty was predeceased by her husband, Joseph H. Fox, and by her siblings Elmer Nicholas “Bud” Smith and Jeanne Frances Smith Pyzdrowski. She is survived by her brother Robert (Joan) of Canonsburg, PA, and her children Kathryn Lucille Fox, of Manchester Center, Vermont; Joseph Henry Fox, Jr. (Mary Rodgers Fox), of West Bloomfield, MI; Suzanne Frances Fox (Ed Doyle) of Naperville, IL and by her grandchildren, Jane Elizabeth Fox (Alexsander Zieba), Joseph Henry Fox III (Sawako Yamamoto Fox), and Michael Anthony Fox. Known not only for her graceful, unruffled style but for her no-nonsense, practical approach to life and avid scrabble playing, one of her all-too-typical “atypical” decisions of her last years was to donate her body to the Anatomical Donation Program at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her final resting place will be alongside the love of her life, Joe Fox, in the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. A memorial mass at Our Lady of Refuge, as well as a gathering in celebration of her life, will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Westacres Branch, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, 7321 Commerce Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48324 (https://www.wblib.org/aboutus/support.php).

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Westacres Branch, West Bloomfield Township Public Library

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