Catherine B. Eklund, nee Schneider, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on May 9, 2021 at 90 years of age. Catherine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Harry and Sarah Schneider. She was one of nine children. Upon graduating from high school at the age of 16, Catherine worked in her father's candy store in Drexel Hill, PA, and for Penn Mutual Life Insurance in Philadelphia. Catherine married Rune G. Eklund in 1955, and they were together for 50 years until his death in 2005. She was a devoted mother to their six children, whom she raised with much love, patience and humor. Catherine and Rune enjoyed road trips to New England and lived for several years in Avalon, NJ, before moving back to their home in Media, PA.
Catherine was predeceased by her oldest son, Rune Eklund (Steve) and her grandson, Eric R. Eklund. She is survived by her children Karen Barnaby (husband Henry), Eric Eklund (fiancée Theresa), Kathryn Eklund, David Eklund (wife Patti), and Kristin Marder. She is also survived by her sister Janet Galli (husband Mario), 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 2400 N. Providence Rd., Media, PA on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will follow immediately after the Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, 1600 S. Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her name to Catholic Social Services at www.cssphiladelphia.org/donate.
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