Catherine Anne (Fuce) Shidler

  • Born: February 20, 1943
  • Died: January 3, 2020
  • Location: Salem, Massachusetts

The O'Donnell Funeral Home

O'Donnell Funeral Home
84 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970
Tel. (978) 744-2350

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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SALEM – Mrs. Catherine Anne (Fuce) Shidler 76, of Salem, passed away peacefully January 3, 2020 at Salem hospital surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness.

Born in South Boston, she was the daughter of the late Leo Francis and Katherine (Dillon) Fuce. She was raised and educated in South Boston and attended St. Brigid's Elementary School and continued her education at Nazareth High School.

Mrs. Shidler had been employed for many years with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Industrial Accidents until the time of her retirement.

A loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, family was always at the center of her life. She enjoyed spending her time creating puzzles and had a passion for reality TV and Animal shows. She was a staunch supporter of local Police, Fire, EMS and Military organizations. She was happiest at a family event, surrounded by her loving family; enjoying a laugh or smile from a grandchild and a hug from her loved ones. She will be deeply missed.

Catherine is survived by her daughter, Karen Costello and her husband Drew of Salem, her son, Gregory Shidler Sr and his wife Kathleen of Peabody, her 7 grandchildren, Leo Shidler, Kaitlyn Cordaro and her husband Matt, Alyssa Lima and her husband Mike, Greg Shidler Jr, Devon Costello, Michael MacMillan and Andrew MacMillan, her great-grandson Camden, her sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Micciche, her brother, Leo Fuce Jr. and his wife Nancy, several nieces and nephews and her former husband J. Lou Shidler of Salem. She was the mother of the late Pamela Shidler.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service which will be held at Center Church, 24 Washington St., Peabody, Saturday, Jan. 11th at 11:15 A.M. Visiting hours in the church prior to the service from 10 to 11 A.M. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Catherine's memory to Cathy's Vests for K9s, . To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Cathy was a true Southie girl! Tough,sweet, fiercely loyaly, with a heart of gold. But Lord help you if she ever thought you were a threat to her children! You did not want to "get her Southie up" I miss the days of sitting on the stoop, watching our kids ride big wheels down the street. Love you Cat

Posted by Southie Girl - South Boston, MA - Family Friend   January 09, 2020

Hoping comfort can be drawn from knowing that your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 09, 2020

we were saddened to hear of Cathy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our families spent many years together living on 3rd street in south boston enjoying summer nights sitting on the front stairs.

Posted by paul and Susan missett - WAUSAU, WI - Friend   January 07, 2020

I think of sitting on the steps of 3rd St. talking to Cathy and Nana Fuce on a summer's afternoon watching the kids play. It is a fond memory repeated many times over. The conversations never got old, always something to laugh about. Coley Greene would pop by and put in his 2 cents worth and that would start another round of laughter. That is how I picture Cathy and that is how I will always remember her.
Sending warm thoughts your way.
Priscilla Murphy
Mary and Paul Murphy's daughter - they are from City Point Friend's of the 30's.

Posted by Priscilla Murphy Murphy - Halifax, MA - Family Friend   January 07, 2020

My condolences to Catherine's family. I could not have done my job without Catherine's support and assistance. Her professionalism, competence, loyalty and kindness meant so much to me.
Judge Moreschi

Posted by Helen Moreschi - Boston - Coworker   January 06, 2020


Greetings, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one, my former coworker, Cathy! She was a sweetheart and always so pleasant. On behalf of my self and co workers at the DIA we want to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family. I pray the Lord gives you peace in this very difficult time and that you are able to take comfort in the precious memories you have of her. Praying for you all. Blessings

Posted by Evangelist Renee Strong - Brockton, MA - Coworker   January 06, 2020

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