Catherine “Ce-Ceen” Lewis Obituary

July 13, 2013


MAYETTA- Catherine “Ce-Ceen” Lewis, 100, of Mayetta, KS passed away July 12, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. She was born June 12, 1913 on the Potawatomi Common Land the daughter of Frank “Batese” and Susan (Pashaw) LaClair.

Catherine was raised on the Potawatomi Common Land and later moved to Manhattan for a majority of her life. She returned to the common land in 2001. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

Catherine married John Lewis in 1932. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Lewis; 6 sons, John Harold, James Mervin, Raymond Edward, Delmar Wayne, Larry Gene and Mervin James Lewis; 4 sisters, Elizabeth Bennick, Mary Hubbard, Susan Bennick and Lucy Kabamsee; 2 brothers, George and William LaClair and 2 grandsons.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Phyllis Kaufholz of Mayetta, KS and Peggy Miller of Ft. Myers, Fl; 14 grandchildren; many great and great-great grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandson.

Wake services will be Monday evening, July 15, 2013 at Sister Therese Klepac Hall (at Our Lady of the Snows). Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at Shipshee Cemetery. Mercer Funeral Home in Holton is in charge of arrangements. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

(Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Home, Holton, Kan.)