In Memory

Catherine Sillman

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Catherine Ann Sillman, recently of Mountain View, Calif., passed away onTuesday, March 20, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.

Born on Jan. 16, 1960 in Meriden, Conn., to Dr. Eugene Sillman and Ruth Cohen Sillman, she was the youngest of four children. Cathy was a 1978 graduate of Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden, attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, in 1982. She majored in Soviet Studies and the Russian language. Cathy moved to Palo Alto, Calif., in 1983 and later earned a master's degree in library science from San Jose State University. After training as a sous chef in Berkeley, Calif., Cathy pursued her passion for healthy cuisine and locally grown organic foods by opening her own restaurant, Country Fare, in mid-town Palo Alto, Calif., to much acclaim and a devoted clientele. She married William L. Lynch in 1994 and gave birth to Ruthann Rita Lynch in 2002.

Cathy is survived by her daughter and her ex-husband who live in Los Altos, Calif. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Emily F. Sillman-Giles and her brother-in-law, Irwin F. Giles, of Suffern N.Y.; her sister, Jane M. Sillman, of San Jose, Calif.; her brother, Richard P. Sillman, of Los Altos, Calif. Cathy is also survived by the following nieces and nephews, Danielle B. Giles, of New York, N.Y.; Meredith H. Giles, of Sydney, Australia, Jessica N. Sillman, David M. Sillman, and Jacob L. Sillman, of Los Altos, Calif. Cathy is survived by one aunt, Elaine Wertheimer, of Little Neck, N.Y.; and by many cousins.

A graveside service was held at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, CA on March 23. The family has asked that memorial donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 Third Ave., 6th Floor, New York, NY, 10017, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY, 10605.

Published in The Record-Journal on Apr. 8, 2012