Catherine Balgowan

March 12, 2021



Hamilton--  Catherine Balgowan died  March 12, 2021, her 93rd birthday, at Robert Wood Johnson Hosp. Hamilton.

  Born March 12, 1928 in Aberdeenshire , Scotland to James Smith Bell and Nellie Clark Bell. She married Murdoch "Sam" Balgowan in 1951. During his service in the British Royal Air Force she joined him on the island of Malta.

    Cathie and Sam immigrated to New Jersey with their two sons in 1955, and lived in Hamilton since 1963.

    Cathie worked for the New Jersey Synod of the Lutheran Church of America in Hamilton from 1962 until her retirement in 1990.

     Daughter of the late James and Nellie  Bell, sister of the late Peggy and James , wife of the late Sam she is survived by her sons Richard(Caren) , Dennis(Linda), six grandchildren Heather (Rob Pinard) Balgowan, Christopher (Regina) Balgowan, Richard Balgowan, Rebecca Balgowan, Megan Strahle, Benjamin Strahle, five great grandchildren , several nieces and nephews.

Cathie will be remembered by all who knew her for her generosity, her concern for others, her wonderful backyard picnics for family and friends and her pride in her Scottish origins.

   A memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 177 Princeton Hightstown Rd. Princeton ,NJ 08550

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March 23, 2021 11:41 AM

Cathie was a dear friend and I enjoyed being with her. She was my swimming and book club buddy. We often “did lunch” and always celebrated her birthday with Bert as we found a special place each year to celebrate. God bless Cathie with dying on her birthday. She lived a full and long life and know she is with Sam and our Lord. Thoughts and prayers are with the family as you find peace. 

Audrey Lane

March 16, 2021 7:55 AM

Dear Richard and Dennis,  

     I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.  Since my moved back to New Jersey memories of all us have been recalled .  Your Mom certainly was the most generous person and kind and loving to us girls. We’ve always have talked about her special “short bread cookies “ she was so kind to share with us!  Embrace the memories and good times you all had with her as  it helps to ease the pain. Your all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.   Your Logan Ave neighbor, Audrey Lane 

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