Catherine Civil (Kate)

March 23, 1928 - January 30, 2021

Catherine Civil (Kate), 92, a resident of Fort Myers Beach, FL since 1989, formerly of Wayne, NJ passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021 at her residence.  She was born March 23, 1928 in Union City, New Jersey to Joseph and Gertrude Becker, now deceased.

Kate was pre-deceased by her husband Robert D. Civil on January 6, 2017. They were married on March 31, 1951 at St. Anastasia Church in Teaneck, NJ. Kate was a graduate of William Paterson College in 1950.   She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a homemaker, wife and mother to eight children. They built their family home in Pines Lake, Wayne, New Jersey where she resided for 32 years.  Kate was known for her strength not only her physical but her emotional strength, her love for family and friends, and her ever present faith. She loved to travel but more recently she found comfort with friends and family in her home at Boardwalk Capers.

She is survived by seven children, Pat Civil of Ft. Myers Beach, FL, Mike (Colleen) Civil of Hewitt, NJ, Catherine (Anton) Schreck of Vernon, NJ, Mark (Judith) Civil of Colchester, VT, Kenneth (Roseann) Civil of North Fort Myers, FL, Jean Civil of Denver, NC  and Matthew (Kristen) Civil of Kinnelon, NJ; 18 grandchildren, Kelly, Cynthia, Douglas, Hayley, Robert, Catherine, Kara, Alex, Constance, Abbey, Kelsey, Kenneth, Jessica, Samantha, Jacob, Matthew, Rebecca and Victoria; fifteen great grandchildren, Kailey, Allison, Josephine, Angela, Harley, Dallas, Loralei, Josephine, Dominick, Luke, Lyndsey, Nate, Henry, Nora and Jack; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Kate was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Civil, her daughter, Constance and her sister, Jean Dryzga.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:30 AM, Friday, February 26, 2021 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church 12171 Iona Road, Ft. Myers, FL 33908.

Memorial contributions in memory of Catherine Civil are suggested to JDRF Diabetes Foundation, 200 Vesey Street, 28th Floor, New York, New York 10281 or online at

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Cheryl Feb 6, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Oh I have such fond memories growing up and spending many hours at the family home in Pines Lake. How fortunate I was more recently, to spend time with Kate at Great Oaks in Maine. I remember we got Kate up playing corn hole when she was 90! And she could spend endless hours from the dock, watching her kids, grand kids, and great grand kiddos water skiing.
    Rest In Peace in heaven Kate where they make a pretty good scotch!

  2. Val Leishman Feb 7, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    What a special and life afforming woman. I always enjoyed chatting with her. Prayers with all the Civils on your loss.
    Valarie Leishman

  3. Mark Schweiker Feb 9, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Please give our love and condolences to the whole Civil clan. You are all truly blessed to have a Mom like her, and I was lucky to have had her “correct my behavior” a few times a west beach and your house. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Frances Ochart Feb 10, 2021 at 12:27 am

    I met her once. What a gentle and gracious person. I pray she is happy and in peace in the arms of our Lord. My condolences to all the Civil families, especially Matt and Kristen’s family and Jean’s family. Frances

  5. Erv Krause Feb 10, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Lois and I were honored to have Bob and Kate as neighbors during our years at Boardwalk Caper. A warmth radiated from Kate when you were in her presence. I think those who knew her know what I’m talking about. You will be missed, Kate!

  6. Lori Civil Gibbs Feb 15, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you for posting Aunt Kate’s memorial. She was always a favorite of all of ours. I have so much respect and admiration for her. I will miss her dearly. We Civil’s were certainly blessed with fantastic parents, Aunts and Uncles. Not to mention the best group of cousins ever. I wish I could make it to the funeral, I know I will miss out on all the great stories and memories. I will be with all of you in spirit. As soon as it is safe to travel we plan to start going to all Civil family get-togethers. I can’t wait to see everyone. I love and miss you all, very much. Lori Civil Gibbs

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