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Catherine Q. Perry

May 15, 1975 April 13, 2024
Catherine Q. Perry
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Catherine Q. Perry, age 48, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, returned to God peacefully on Saturday, 13 April 2024 after a courageous five-year battle with breast cancer. She was surrounded at bedside by her immediate and extended family in Alamo, California.

Catherine was born in Mountainview, California on 15 May 1975, the youngest of eight children in the Thomas P. and Sheila M. (O’Keefe) Quinn family.

Catherine was the loving spouse of Alan R. Perry who survives her; they shared twenty years of marriage together. They have three surviving daughters, Olivia (age 16), Anna (age 14), and Nora (age 9).

Beyond her children and husband, Catherine is survived by her mother and seven siblings: Thomas Quinn, Jr., John Quinn, Megan Riccitiello, Brian Quinn, Eileen Tarantino, Daniel Quinn, and Ann Halkett. Also surviving her are five sisters-in-law, four brothers-in-law, a mother-in-law, and twenty-four nephews and nieces. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her dear nephew David Riccitiello.

Catherine was educated at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos and St. Francis High School in Mountainview, California. She attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating cum laude in 1997 with an English degree. She met Alan at Middlebury College in 1998 when she began a Masters of Italian Language and Literature. The two were married in 2003 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville, California and built a life in Gettysburg where she was on the staff of Special Collections for seventeen years at Gettysburg College. Catherine loved archival work and grew fascinated with the US Civil War, especially its photographic record captured in tin and Daguerreotypes. She was an avid runner, dancer, and fiction reader who adored Jane Austen. Above all, she loved her dear children and was so thrilled and deeply grateful to be their mother. The family especially looked forward to their annual summer sojourns in California and periodic trips to Tuscany, Italy, where Catherine had studied and lived in the late 1990s. Over the years they were also able to travel back to Notre Dame, pray at the Grotto, visit Catherine’s dorm, Howard Hall, and cheer on their beloved Irish.

In Gettysburg, they were long-time parishioners at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

A Memorial Mass will be concelebrated on Friday May 10th at 4:00pm at Christ Chapel on the campus of Gettysburg College by Fr. Aaron Lynch and Fr. Andrew P. St. Hilaire. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial Masses and contributions in Catherine’s memory may be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 415 Table Rock Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325.

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