Cathy Gronewold


TORRINGTON – Catherine (Cathy) May Gronewold of Torrington passed away at the age of 69 on May 25, 2020, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 

Cathy was born Sept. 11, 1950, in Carmel, Calif., to John and Nancy Miller. After graduating from Monterey Peninsula College with an Associate degree in Art, she met Rex Gronewold while he was stationed at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. They fell in love and were married on Dec. 21, 1971. 

While stationed in Germany for two years, they had their daughter, Sherilyn May (Gronewold) Bouwens. They then moved to Rex’s home state of Wyoming and settled in Torrington, where they had their second daughter Kristina Joy (Gronewold) Honda.

Cathy worked at Valley Christian School and Bethel Baptist church for many years. She then worked as secretary for New Hope Counseling until she retired. She was a dedicated member of the church and enjoyed painting, cake decorating and jewelry making in her free time.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Nancy Miller. 

She is survived by her devoted husband Rex Gronewold; her two sisters Francie (Jim) Ward and Joy (Jim) Etro; her two daughters Sherilyn (Rik) Bouwens and Kristina (Jeff) Honda; four grandsons, Tyler and Caleb Bouwens and Akira and Kainoa Honda, a step-grandson, Sam (Christina) Bouwens and a step-great-granddaughter, Olivia Bouwens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either Bethel Baptist Church of Torrington or The Alzheimer’s Association.

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