Posted 11 months ago
By Kalin Krohe
S. Catherine Baragar, 90, of Scottsbluff, was taken into God’s arms on Thursday, February 27, 2014, with family by her side at the Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff after a short illness. Her memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff with Pastor Alan Strawn officiating. Cremation was held and inurnment will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery at Mitchell. Memorials may be made to the Catherine Baragar Memorial Fund. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com
Catherine was born to Herman and Hazel Claussen April 9, 1923, in Chadron. She attended school thru the 12th grade. On August 30, 1946, Catherine was united in marriage to Robert Charles Baragar in Harrison. To this union three children were born, Jim, Sandy, and Cathy. They farmed and ranched in the Harrison, Chadron, and Hay Springs areas. In 1962, Bob went to work for Kansas Nebraska Gas Company, which took them to Hay Springs, Chadron and Imperial, as well as Guernsey, Wyoming. While living in Hay Springs, Catherine worked in a café owned by Bob’s mother. For a short while living in Chadron she worked in the clerical business. They then moved to Torrington, Wyoming. Catherine “Kate” loved to cook and bake anything. She was known for her raisin pies, chocolate angel food cakes, and sour cream sugar cookies – which she would make at least 40 dozen of at Christmas. The highlight of their life was their elk hunting trips with their son, Jim and grandsons, Jimmy and Michael. Catherine was along to do all the cooking for the hunting camps. Bob and Catherine enjoyed taking Shane and Dustin to Cheyenne Frontier Days with them to visit Uncle Jim and Aunt Toni. Catherine started kidney dialysis treatments seven years ago. She would never miss a treatment. Bob and Catherine moved to Scottsbluff in August 2012 so they could be closer to their doctors and family. After Bob’s death in 2013, Catherine lived with Sandy until moving to Well Cove in March of 2013.
Survivors are her daughter, Sandy (Ron) Thompson of Gering; daughter-in-law, Toni Baragar of Casper, Wyoming; grandsons, Jimmy (Lori) Baragar and Michael (Kelly) Baragar all of Casper, Wyoming, Shane (Tria) Stout of North Platte, and Bryan (Ethel) Broberg of Freetown, South Africa; granddaughter, Robin (Clint) Shepherd of Scottsbluff; step grandchildren, Ron Jr. (Deb) Thompson of Aurora, Sandy (RJ) Parmenter of Scottsbluff, Rusty (Mechele) Thompson of Liberal, Kansas, and Becky (Jim) Schmidt of Colorado Spring, Colorado; five brothers, Hollis of Hay Springs, Jim and John both of Chadron, Harry of Denver, Colorado, and Dale of Mitchell; 21 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and the newest twinkle of her eye, Christopher. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; son, Jim; daughter, Cathy Stout; grandson, Dustin Stout; two sisters, Romona and Marie; and brother, Claywell.