Catherine Anne Keilty

Age 49: Chemical engineer worked for Clorox, then became full-time mother.

May 29, 2008|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter

Catherine Anne Keilty, a chemical engineer, died Sunday of complications from the autoimmune disorder scleroderma at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Phoenix resident was 49.

Born Catherine Anne Sailor in 1959 in Redwood City, Calif., she earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from California State University at Long Beach.

She began her career at Chevron's El Segundo refinery as a process engineer.

In 1992, she moved with her family to Aberdeen, where she was hired to assist with the start of the Aberdeen Clorox manufacturing plant.

In 1998, she left that business to become a full-time mother.

"Cathi was a phenomenal mother and a devoted wife," said her husband of 23 years, Thomas William Keilty Sr. "She was known for her infectious smile and zest for living. She derived her greatest joy from her children."

He said she loved to ski, spend time on the beach, take long walks, shop and watch her children play sports.

She also enjoyed knitting with a group of friends who dubbed themselves the "Knit Wits."

She was a volunteer at St. Stephen's Parochial School, John Carroll High School and Loyola Blakefield.

A Mass of Christian burial will offered at 1:30 p.m. today at St. John's the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike in Hydes.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Thomas William "TJ' Keilty Jr. and Casey Keilty, and a daughter, Caitlin Keilty, all of the family home; her mother, Eleanor Sailor of Bend, Ore.; a sister, Patti Szopiak of Houston; and two brothers, Michael Sailor of San Diego and David Sailor of Portland, Ore. An infant son, Sean Michael, died in 1993.

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