Catherine S. Walters


Walters, Catherine S., 73, died Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in Cleveland, OH, a daughter of the late Wilson and Beth (Kittelberger) Schramm, she had lived in Cranston for 15 years, previously living in Worcester, MA. She worked at various banks in MA and RI for nearly 40 years, most recently at Citizen’s Bank as a project manager. Catherine graduated Assumption College, Class of ’89. She was an active member of Temple Sinai, as a founder and director Emeritus of Shireinu, Hebrew teacher, and a creator and caretaker of the Biblical Garden. She was also a former member of Temple Emanuel Sinai in Worcester.  Catherine was a member of the RI Civic Chorale and Orchestra and Salisbury Singers. Devoted mother of Kenneth Heard and his wife, Sandi Matoian-Heard, of Cranston and Nathan Heard and his wife, Anna Heard, of Washington, DC. Dear sister of Ralph Schramm of Chaska, MN, Phil Schramm and his companion, Nancy Soucier, of Chaska, MN, and Richard Schramm and his wife, Mariann DeMordaunt, of Pacific Grove, CA. Loving grandmother of Jacob, Miranda, Theo, Miles and Kai. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The Fistula Foundation: Shiva will be observed Temple Sinai, on Wednesday immediately following the burial until 5:00 p.m.


  1. Nick and Bobbie Chase
    Jul 4, 2017

    We are so shocked and sorry to learn of Catherine’s death. She came back to the Worcester area often to visit with friends and stayed in touch with many of us. She was a warm, giving, and affectionate person. She died too soon but we hope that, somehow, she will know that we cared about her and mourn her death.

  2. Bill and Noreen Simon
    Jul 4, 2017

    To Catherine’s family, We’re so saddened by the loss of Catherine. She was an amazing woman, loved and cherished by many. We’ll be holding you all in our thoughts and prayers. May her memory always be a source of comfort and blessing. Bill and Noreen Simon

  3. Judith Neal
    Jul 4, 2017

    I was in Catherine’s Hebrew class this spring ,
    I enjoyed her very much. She is already missed.

  4. Sherry Feldman
    Jul 5, 2017

    Catherine was such a special person. She did everything wholehearted. I loved her and will miss my dear friend. Her memory will always be a blessing.

  5. Sandy Sotak
    Jul 5, 2017

    Catherine was my dear, dear friend and mentor at Temple Sinai in Worcester, MA. She taught me Hebrew and encouraged me to chant Torah! We shared our Jewish journeys together and she was inspirational and learned as well as wickedly funny! Her love of music was infectious!
    An amazing woman- filled with ruach! She will be missed.
    My condolences go to all her family.

  6. Julie Nolan
    Jul 6, 2017

    I was shocked by the news of Catherine’s passing!
    I knew Catherine through volunteering for the Roger Williams Medical Center’s Living Life Groups!
    Catherine and I spent many hours sharing our lives’ journeys. She was an inspiration to me and many other friends! She was always soft-spoken and kind. She was fun to be around and was always willing to share her love of music!
    Some of my favorites memories are singing with her in my backyard, as she played her guitar!
    She is sadly missed. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to her family & friends.

  7. Cole
    Jul 10, 2017

    I am shocked to hear about Cathy’s passing. I am sorry for her loss. I recently put up an arbor for her in her yard and take care of her yard for her. You will be missed Cathy.

  8. patrice
    Jul 24, 2017

    I have known Catherine for 4years as her nurse practitioner. I loved our visits and valued her insight, humor, compassion and found her to be such a spiritual person searching for the best way to live a full life.
    We would always hug at the end of each visit. I was shocked to learn of her passing.
    I will miss her so much. She taught me so many life lessons.

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