Katherine Anne du BoisAugust 8, 1952 ~ December 28, 2017 (age 65)
Katherine, loving wife of Dale du Bois, was born in San Jose to Angela and Philip Ernstrom. She was a wonderful big sister to Natalee and Patricia and a thoughtful friend to many.
Katherine had an enduring zest for life and learning – even while dealing with health challenges throughout her adult life. She was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling and knitting prayer shawls with her St. Mary’s parish group.
Local girl through and through, she attended Hillbrook School, Mother Butler Memorial High School (Class of ’71), West Valley College, and the College of Notre Dame de Namur.
Katherine worked at the Los Gatos Library for many years - a place that was a perfect fit for her love of reading and learning new things. While working there, she even made a handwritten (and very long) list of everything she wanted to read in the library. It was with that same determination and focus, that despite hurdles, she dedicated herself to pursing her goals and a life well-lived.
Katherine is remembered as a beautiful sweet soul. She was honest and genuine.
She delighted in making new friends and was an active member of the Los Gatos Adult Recreation Program – and wouldn’t miss a game of Scrabble, Mahjong or Bingo. Her care, dedication and interest in others was always present.
Katherine and Dale were married in a joyful celebration at the Santa Clara Mission Church and enjoyed the blessings of a 33-year marriage and many adventures together in places near and far. Their devotion to one another has been evident each and every day. Dale’s engineering colleagues and friends have provided much support and happiness in their lives.
She enjoyed the great love of family and friends and treasured the communities from St. Mary’s Parish and the Los Gatos Recreation 55 Plus Program.
Her enduring cheerfulness and optimism will be missed.
Preceded in death by her mother Angela, Katherine passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with a respiratory illness further complicated by her muscular dystrophy.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Office of University Advancement, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002.
Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception - 219 Bean Avenue, Los Gatos.