Catharine Ann (Nevin) Chu

Born: Mon., Jun. 16, 1930
Died: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 09, 2017
Location: United Church of Fayetteville


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On early Wednesday morning, November 29Catharine Ann Nevin Chu finished her earthly work in Jamesville, New York, and peacefully joined her late husband. She was 87 years old and enjoyed a life well lived as a woman widely loved. She will be much missed by her children, David (Lonnie), Robert, and Jeanne, but they rejoice that Ann and Jim, who did everything together, are reunited for eternity. 

 Born in Syracuse, New York, on June 16, 1930, Ann was the first child of Benjamin Ethan Nevin and Catharine Anne Schumaker and big sister to Benjamin Junior(Anne) and John (Joan)She is survived by her brothers and many loving cousins, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren. 

 Ann spent her early childhood on Broad Acres farm and the Stone House in Helena in Saint Lawrence County, New York. This formative time in the tribal home of the St. Regis Mohawk Nation, along with her father’s keen interest in Native American life, kindled a lifelong friendship and fascination with cultures different from those of her origins

 Moving to the University neighborhood in Syracuse at the height of the Great Depression, young Ann was a student at Ed Smith school. She graduated from Jordan High School as Salutatorian of the class of 1947, after which she attended her mother’s alma mater, Keuka College in the heart of the Finger Lakes. She then received her Master’s Degree in French from Middlebury College, studying in France in the early 1950s. 

 Ann was introduced to Jim by mutual friends while she was working as a teacher in the Trumansburg, New York,schools. She married Jim in Jordan in the summer of 1957, and became a full-time mother in 1958. The young family moved to Fayetteville in 1958. Ann re-entered the work force once all her children were in high school or beyond, starting a new career as a proofreader for the Syracuse New Times. She retired from her longest-lived position at Dix Typesetting in the late 1980s

 In addition to her family, her profound faithsocial activism, and love of all music were the main animating forces of her life. She was lifelong choral singer and likely the longest-running member of the Syracuse University Oratorio Society and relished that opportunity to sing with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, anotherfavorite cultural institution. 

 A memorial service and celebration of Ann’s life is planned for Saturday, December 9, at 11:00 A.M. at United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY. 

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may donate to Keuka College (Attn: Advancement Services, 141 Central Avenue, Keuka Park, NY 14478), or to the Loretto Foundation (700 East Brighton Ave., Syracuse, NY 13205). Her children are most grateful to the staff of The Nottingham, a Loretto facility, for their loving and attentive care to our mother in her final years.

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Ben B.
   Posted Sat December 02, 2017
Our beloved Aunt Ann will continue to be a blessing to all of us that share fond memories of her love, eloquence, and wit among many other wonderful attributes. Her children are the best examples of these. Much love to Dave, Bob, and Jeanne.

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