Aug. 3, 1925– April 10, 2016
LEWISTON – Catherine Berry Miklitsch, a poet and writer, died Sunday in her Lewiston home under the care of Niagara Hospice. She was 90.
Born in Niagara Falls, the former Catherine Berry was a graduate of Stella Niagara Elementary School and Stella Niagara Seminary. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Nazareth College in 1947 and a master’s degree from Niagara University in 1949.
Widely known as Kitty, Mrs. Miklitsch began writing poems as a young mother.
“You’re just doing the dishes and something comes into your head. Every time I thought of something I would write it down,” she told an interviewer last year, following the publication of her second collection of poetry, “As Evening Falls.”
She was active in the Workshop of the Association of Professional Women Writers for 20 years. Her poetry appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals. Her first book, “The Habit of Dawn,” appeared in 2002.
A member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, she taught religious education and was the first woman member of the Parish Council.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Robert W. Sr.; two sons, Robert W. Jr. and David J.; four daughters, Catherine M., Sister Teresa A., Mary F. and Rosemary E.; three brothers, Dr. George Berry, John Berry and Robert Berry; two sisters, Loretta Berry and Mary Scalise; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Peter’s Church, 620 Center St.