Catherine Amelia Ulm Fore, 89, of Orange, received her wings on Aug. 24, at her home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Friday, Aug. 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange, with Father Joseph P. Daleo and Father John Ulm co-celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange.
Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 pm, with a rosary at 7:00 pm, Thursday Aug. 28, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Born in Orange, September 10, 1924, she was the daughter of Louis and Elsie Ulm. Catherine attended St. Mary School through the seventh grade and graduated as Valedictorian. She went on to attend Orange High School and graduated in 1942. She was a member of the Bengal Guards. She was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart Bennie F. Fore Jr. Together they had 11 children.
She was active in home, school and athletic associations while her children were in school. She was Den Mother for Cub Scouts – Senior Group; she was a 4-H leader for 13 years and received an award for Subject Matter Leader of the Year; she was a member of St. Mary Altar Society, the Choir of Angels, and was on the Bereavement Committee. She was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America (Court St. Cecilia 136) and received her 60 year pin; she worked on the St. Mary School Festival since she was 12 years old, helping her mother with the cake booth, then later the confetti egg booth and the sweet booth. Some will remember her as one of the “Sloppy Joe” ladies because she sold sloppy Joe’s in the cafeteria with her two sisters Delores and Hildegarde.
She received the Bishop’s Medal in 1976 and Distinguished Alumni for St. Mary School in 1998. In her younger years she worked at Francis Ann Lutcher Hospital, and Jones Rest Home as a LVN.
She began making cakes, cookies and for the next 50 years she became known as the “cake lady”. She was very devoted to her family, school and church.
Her husband Bennie was always at her side until his death.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 58 years; siblings, Elsie Ulm Darst, Mary Ruth Ulm Nolan, Louis P. Ulm Jr., Claire Ulm Rolen, Hildegarde Ulm Bulovas, and Sister Miriam O.P. (Miriam Estelle Ulm); and grandson, Jesse “Buddy” Welch III.
She is survived by her children, Robert Fore and wife Mavis from Nederland, Barbara Maley and husband Philip, and James Fore and wife Vickie, all from Richmond, John M. Fore and wife Nancy from New Orleans, Dr. Bennie Fore III and wife Marianne from Bastrop, Victor Fore and wife Kathleen from Nederland, Melanie Crane and husband Rob from Tallahassee, FL, Kevin Fore and wife Angie from Sugar Land, Catherine Manshack and husband Mike from Orange, Emily Bottoms and husband Larry from Monument, CO, and Lisa Guyote and husband Stacy from Beaumont; 31 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her siblings, Delores Ulm Simar and husband Ray, Amelia Ulm Scales, Rev. John Francis Ulm, and Sister Carita O.P. (Rose Marie Ulm)
Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Fore, James Fore, John Fore, Dr. Bennie Fore III, Victor Fore, and Kevin Fore.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic School Foundation: 912 W. Cherry Orange, Texas 77630.