Catherine Bridgman, who built an Arabian horse-raising business with her husband and was a founder of Elma Public Library, died Wednesday (Jan. 26, 2000) in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park, where she had lived for the past two years. She was 86.
The former Catherine Sargent served as Elma librarian for 27 years and saw the facility grow from a one-room basement operation into the new building at Bowen and Rice roads.
She was a past president of Zonta of Aurora and served on the scholarship committee for many years. She also was active in the Parent-Teacher Association and the Young Republicans Club.
Her husband, Jack, died in 1985.
Their three children all went into the horse-raising business.
She is survived by a son, Jack of Varysburg; two daughters, Nancy McConnell of Lexington, Ky., and Kathleen Bowen of Holland; a brother, James Sargent of Pensacola, Fla.; her sister-in-law, Kathryn Sargent, who resided with her in Baker Manor; and six grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna.