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Catherine "Cathie" Merrow


Cathie Merrow was overcome with peace on June 22, 2022. After suffering a stroke, she only had to endure here a short while. Born May 19, 1950 to parents Don and Inga. She was a lifelong resident of Akron. Graduate of Firestone H.S. & attended The University of Akron before assuming her natural role in Sales. She found her passion, which was selling fine furniture for Dimitroff’s Furniture & Design.

Preceded in death by her parents, she is survived by brothers, Jeff (Lisa) and their sons, Jeff, Ian (Chrissy) and Thoren, and brother, David all of N.E. Georgia. In the greater Akron area, Uncle Dave; cousins, Rick, Wade (Sherry), Heather Brake (Doug), Doug (Debbie), Denny (Susan), Scott, Beth Schwenning (Rick) , Pam (Wayne). The jewels of her joys were great-nephews, Colin and Mills; and great-niece Liv, the little ballerina.

She lived a life of abundance. Abundant positive outlook, abundant love and abundant wit. Perpetually sunny, she was blessed with a lifetime circle of friends who stuck with her to the end. Dear friends, Jan, Rita, Pam and Paula to name a few. Her family offers them heartfelt gratitude for being with her as lifelong friends.

Postmortem plans TBD.


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So many emotions flood my mind as I try to find the words to express my sadness of Cathie’s passing. She was not only my neighbor, a true best friend through high school and college, maid of honor in my wedding, but someone who felt like a sister. We enjoyed so many good times together… she was never afraid to try something new. Over the years we lost touch with each other but her wonderful personality will always be with me. My heartfelt sympathy to Jeff, David, and all of Cathie’s family. She was a true blessing to know and will be missed.

Ruth DeCoursey Nitz Jul 8 2022 7:19 PM

When I think of Cathie, I remember her warmth, humor, wit and genuine goodness. She was a shining light that made even the most difficult situations humorously less important and in proper perspective.
She never asked for anything. When you were around Cathie, you were touched with happiness, humor and kindness. For those who know her, she will be sorely missed. We all loved her.

Nick Dimitroff Jun 26 2022 11:24 AM

Cathie came into our lives just as we were starting a tiny new business in an old farm house on Gent Rd. which was Shoppe Country Oak. She became a friend to love and count on from day one. Cathie was in my basement at home helping me price accessories before the little store even opened. So typical of Cathie, she worked Saturdays for "Store Credit" because it was fun and she wanted to help us. As everyone knows she later became a permanent fixture at the store, enriching both our business and our lives.
Our Daughters knew Cathie most of their lives and she became "The Other Mother." They knew they could talk to Cathie about anything and be greeted with unconditional love, laughter, good advice, and NO Judgement. My family referred to Cathie as "Our Cathie," and I am sure many other families did as well.
There is no way to put a value on the affect that a positive, loving, irreverently funny, spontaneous, loyal, friend has on your life. One can not think of Cathie and not laugh. Everyone has funny stories about their time with her and the funny things that came out of her mouth! Our Cathie and her hummer were the spice of Life! We feel like we have lost a sister.
It seems that there were moments in the hospital when Cathie may have responded to what people were saying to her. My only comfort in loosing the precious gift of Cathie is that this may somehow have been her choice.
Pat Dimitroff

Pat Dimitroff Jun 26 2022 10:40 AM

I am sure you are all shattered as am I over the sudden passing of Cathie. I did not just work with her for years I considered her to be a dear friend. Even in my darkest hours she would make me laugh. She loved each one of you so much. Try to remember that as you adjust to her loss. She will always be with you all. Cathie Sue, I love you Judi Lu

Judi Glasgo Jun 25 2022 3:26 PM