Catherine Spring

December 5, 2020


On Saturday, December 5th 2020, Catherine Spring passed away peacefully during her sleep at the age of 70. After a long battle with COPD she is now at peace and breathing freely on the other side. She is survived by the love of her life and husband of 25 years, Robert Spring. She is also survived by her two daughters, Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Hawver (and her husband: Michael Hawver) and Kimberly Rainey. She had 5 grandchildren: Alexis Edwards, Cameron Edwards, Aneesah Smith, Thomas Hawver, Lucas Hawver and two great grandchildren: Nylah and Nieana Pruitt. She loved being a nana and will be missed dearly in all their lives. She also leaves behind her beloved new cat (Mindy), a brother: Joseph Zapala, cousin Louis Murray, cousin Diane, Brother-in-law (Robert Wark), brother-in-law (Jimmy Spring), several nieces and nephews, as well as many friends who were truly her sisters in this life. Cathy valued her female friendships deeply and held each of them close to her heart, many of whom were with her through thick and thin her entire life.

She is proceeded in death by her mother (Mary Repinecz), her father John Repinecz, Thomas Blauvelt (beloved Uncle Tom), Francis and Frank Blauvelt (beloved grandparents), Raymond Blauvelt (uncle), and her sister-in-law, Carol Wark. 

Catherine graduated from Seton Catholic Central High School in 1968 and was active in her alumni group (CCHS Class of ’68). She worked in the insurance industry up until her retirement and then looked forward to traveling, spending time with her friends, children, and grandchildren until stricken with COPD.

In her free time, Cathy loved going to the casino, bowling back in the day, bingo, spending time with friends, going to the beach, being in the water, watching her soap operas (a great joy was attending the soap opera awards in 2004 with her daughter Cindy), rooting for the Buffalo Bills, playing Kazoo in the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, and spending time with Bobby, her children and grandchildren.

Cathy had a great deal of compassion for animals, whether those she rescued herself or the pets of her children and grandchildren. Animals gravitated towards her and she towards them, it was a special sight to see. Additionally, she had such a huge heart towards those less fortunate (especially children) and when traveling to an island vacation, you would find her creating gift baskets for kids to leave for the staff at the islands she visited. Her heart was always full to help others and she had a spirit that was always willing to help. 

As a single mom she was strong and taught her children compassion to help others less fortunate and would always be the first person to offer anything to those in need, even when she may be in need herself. It is a true gift she instilled in her children which they keep close to their hearts. 

Cathy’s life was cut short before her time, as she had so much left to give. She has left all who came across her path a better person. Her husband (Robert Spring) hopes to travel to their beloved Jamaica (where they spent their Honeymoon) after Covid to spread her ashes. May Cathy rest in peace with huge breaths of oxygen and her legendary smile on her face. Due to Covid, a memorial service will be held in her honor via Zoom on Monday, December 14th at 6PM EST. You can log in to the zoom service at 6PM under Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Hawver
Meeting ID: 815 3116 5397
Passcode: 727214
The family hopes you will join in as we share memories and celebrate her life. 
A Tribute video may be viewed on under the THOMAS J. SHEA FUNERAL HOME INC.

Cathy had a deep love for Christmas and children in need so if you wish to make a donation in her memory, please consider donating to the Broome County Toys For Tots. You can make a donation in her memory by visiting their Facebook page at or contact (607) 779-8948 where a memorial is set up in her name. Cathy will receive great pleasure watching children less fortunate opening presents on Christmas Day. You can also make a donation in her name to the Broome County SPCA.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Catherine Spring, please visit our floral store.


Memorial Service
December 14, 2020

6:00 PM

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