Cathy Ann Podratz was born on the 19th of March 1950 to Fred and Evelyn Dortmann. At the time, they lived in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. When Cathy was 3, her family moved to southern California. She attended and graduated from Sylmar High School, then went on to get an A.A. degree from Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys, CA. in 1971.
She got married to W. H. “Zeke” Giesecke, who she met at Valley College, in November of 1971, and was married for about a year and a half, then got divorced. A few years later, she married Bob Rumm, and they had two children, Jim and Marc, both of whom live in southern California with their families. That marriage didn’t last, and she and Bob were divorced. She got a job in a pet store, and through that, met Don Podratz, who turned out to be her third husband. She and Don moved to northern California, where she had a daughter, Laura. That marriage didn’t work out either, and Cathy moved back to southern California.
A couple of days before what would have been their 20th wedding anniversary, she called Zeke, who at the time wasn’t married either, and they had dinner together on their anniversary. They decided to keep seeing each other, and about six months later, she moved in with him. Four years later, they moved to Idaho. They were remarried in 2013, making Zeke her first and fourth husband. They were together 25 years.
Cathy was a gourmet cook, and loved to entertain. One of the thing she really enjoyed was fixing holiday dinners that were feasts fit for a King. She was also a magnificent cookie baker, and turned out truly incredible numbers of Christmas cookies for her family and friends. She was also a very talented artist, working in both oil paint and stained glass. She also joined the Boise Knit Club, and had a great time at their activities.
When Zeke got his 1968 Mustang finished, she had a great time going to car shows and cruise-ins with the Idaho Chariots, as well as going out for breakfast with the Lady Chariots every Friday morning.
She was an avid reader, and loved murder mysteries and detective stories. She also loved history, and on our many trips together, she always wanted to go to museums. She also loved animals, so we always had pets. But her love for animals did not stop with domestic animals, she also loved the wild ones. As a result, we bought a water heater plastic drain plate and filled that every day with food for the ducks, quail, doves, finches, sparrows and squirrels that come by for a handout. She would spend hours watching the squirrels in our back yard.
Cathy was a grandmother, and like all grandmothers, loved her grandchildren. She took several trips to southern California to spend time with them and always enjoyed herself thoroughly.
She is survived by her husband W.H. “Zeke” Giesecke, her two sons Jim and Marc, their wives and children, and her daughter Laura.
All told, she was a talented, warm, and friendly person, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held, Saturday, May 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. Garden City. To leave condolences please visit www.bowmanfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Idaho Humane Society would be appreciated