Catherine Coughlin Anhut

catherine anhut

Born Catherine Ellen Coughlin in Highland Park, Michigan. Died peacefully in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

Cathie was raised in Detroit, Michigan. She attended Gesu Catholic Grade School, St. Theresa High School and was a graduate of Marygrove College with a degree in Mathematics. She became a buyer at Kern’s Department Store in Detroit. This is where Cathie developed her sense of style. She was a fashionable dresser. She loved finely made clothes, shoes and especially purses that matched her outfits. She had impeccable taste. Always dressed “to the nines” – head to toe. A fashionista!

Cathie put her career aside to become a wife, mother and homemaker. She raised five children in the same Detroit neighborhood where she grew up.

Cathie joined the Christ Child Society of Detroit, was a lifetime member, board member, chairman of numerous events and President from 1965-1967. Her projects included founding the Christ Child School, working at Boys Hope and the Christ Child House.

Cathie was a devout Catholic and had a great love for our Blessed Mother. She recited the rosary daily and was very passionate about her faith. It sustained her throughout the days of her life. She was a member of Christ the King parish in Atlanta.

Cathie was a voracious reader, loved gardening, and was an avid and skilled bridge player. She never tired of a game and played weekly. We are sure she’s joined her friends at the bridge table in heaven!

Cathie was very strong willed and lived independently until her death! As her grandson, John Moravek shared “she was loving but would put you in your place”. Forever 29!!

Cathie is survived by her five children, Karen Girardy (Jim), Kris Moravek (Jim), John (David Phillips), Jim (Patti), and Jerry; her eight grandchildren, John Girardy, Mark Girardy, Jim Moravek Jr (Molly), John Moravek (Angie), Kathryn Weiland (Patrick), Katelyn Riebesehl (Mike), Jennifer de Groot (Joseph), and Patrick Anhut. Also survived by her five great-grandchildren, Mark Girardy, Jack Moravek, Henry Moravek, Caroline Moravek and Grace Weiland. She was looking forward to welcoming her fourth great-grandson in October.

Cathie was preceded in death by her parents, Genevieve and Frank Coughlin, her brother James Coughlin, and great-granddaughter Makayla Weiland.

Cathie’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, especially Dr. Joshua Jackson, for the care shown to our mother. Thank you to the staff at Lenbrook, Atlanta, for the kindnesses shown to mom.

The Mass will be on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Holy Name Catholic Church, 630 Harmon Street, Birmingham, MI 48009.

Memorial contributions in Cathie’s honor may be sent to Christ Child Society of Detroit, 502 N. Crooks Rd. Ste A, Clawson, MI. 48017, or or to Christ Child Society of Atlanta,

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  1. Annemarie and Bernie Boehnlein says:

    Holding you all close at this time.

  2. Catherine Malicki says:

    Dear Jim, Patsy and John,
    I will so miss seeing you all at CTK. Your mother was a wonderful woman; sharp to the end. We had lits of goid conversations. I will really miss her.
    (Judge) Cathy Malicki

  3. The McGonnigle Family says:

    Dearest Patti and Jim,
    We will all miss our sweet Gammie so very much – especially during the holidays. She was truly part of our family. Cathie was blessed to have had such a beautiful life with a loving and wonderful family. Rest in peace.
    Love, Pam, Glenn and the McGonnigle Family

  4. Paula Kohen Marquart says:

    So sorry to learn of the passing of Mrs. Anhut. I grew up on Monica Street in Detroit, MI. My next door neighbors were your aunt and uncle (Mary and U.S.???). I remember when Karen and Kris would come to visit their grandparents, two doors down the other direction, and we would sometimes play together. I believe they referred to their grandparents as “Ba and Nana”, a term I had never heard of then, or since. I hope all of your family members are staying safe and well.

    Paula Kohen Marquart
    Ferndale, Michigan

  5. Michael D McCarthy says:

    Dear Anhut Family,
    Your dear Mother was a delight and great friend to my Mother, (Martha Ellen McCarthy) and will be remembered fondly by our family. May she be welcomed into heaven. My prayers and condolences are with you all.

  6. Betty Desmond says:

    To the Anhut Family: Our sincere sympathy to all of you upon the death of your beautiful mother. How well I remember her neighborly friendship as we grew up across the street from your family on Wildemere. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
    Betty (Breen) & Terry Desmond

  7. Greg Baker says:

    Dear John and David, Our condolences to you and your family. Your Mom was a very special person and I feel honored that I got to know her, if only just a little, when we would go to Mass at CTK. I will always remember her in that beautiful red cashmere coat!

  8. Tom Madigan says:

    Grateful for Mrs. Anhut’s “Light” throughout my youth. On my mind this Easter Sunday. Risen.

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