Catherine “Cat” Hannon, 18, of Harvard, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020.
She was born February 19, 2002, in Evanston, Illinois; the daughter of Patrick Hannon Jr., and Carrie (Kram) Stewart.
Cat was beautiful inside and out, from her infectious laugh to the twinkle in her bright blue eyes. She was passionate about music and dreamed of sharing that joy with others. From choral and band performances to just singing in the car, Cat was bold, loud, and destined for greatness.
Survivors include her parents Patrick Hannon and Carrie Stewart; siblings, Kevin Stewart (Karen Salerno), Kristina (Dustin) Dennison, Brittany Hannon (Kane Bulow), and Carolyn Hannon (Phil Rinaldi); paternal grandparents Margaret Hannon and Patrick (Joan) Hannon Sr.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Donald Kram, Carol Vinci, and Audrey Halloran.
Due to the current restrictions, services will be private. The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cat’s name on her obituary page under donate.
Additional Obituary Information
Our beloved Catherine “Cat” Hannon passed away unexpectedly November 22, 2020 at the age of 18. Her time on this earth was cut short for all the things she had planned and wanted to accomplish to make this world a better place. Cat was the type of daughter, sister, and friend you could only imagine to have and she had a way with people of all ages. She had an infectious personality that always gave 100% effort to whatever she did and expected others to do the same. Her competitive nature gave her drive, but she also always stood up for the underdog. According to a close friend, Grace Schultz, Cat was the kind of person who beat to her own drum. She always knew what she was going to do next. She had her whole life planned out. She was always the life of the party and everyone loved her. She always knew how to cheer you up and was the glue that kept everyone together. She was so amazing in every way and at everything she did.
Director of Bands, Korey Coffer, reflects on the many accomplishments that Catherine achieved in her high school years. Catherine was a drum major for the Harvard High School Band for 3 years, a lead trumpet player, and a tuba player. In addition to her participation in band, she was in the choir program, played multiple different roles in the spring musicals, which included Tiger Lillie in Peter Pan, Madam Librarian in the Music Man, and one of the Von Trapp family singers in The Sound of Music. Cathy was an asset to the music program. Outside of her music life, she also participated in volleyball, LINK leader, and held down a part-time job at Jay’s Lane and Red’s Pizza. Cathy was an extremely hard worker who took great pride in everything she did. She would often be helping fellow band members and students with anything that they needed. She was selfless and cared about everyone around her.
Catherine was also selected for the Future Music Educator Seminar through the Illinois Music Education Association. This award is given to no more than 30 students throughout the state of Illinois every year. The selection process is determined through musical involvement and written and aural essays about why she wanted to be a music teacher.
Catherine was just starting her music education degree at Illinois University where she would have graduated with the ability to teach band.
Due to the sudden and unexpected passing of Cat, the family was not prepared for the high cost of funeral expenses and other expenses that come up during these times. This site was created to help reduce the financial burden for the family when they lay their youngest daughter to rest. It will also help give Catherine the memorial she deserves to honor her memory and let her know she will never be forgotten. Her footprint will be embedded in the lives of the people who knew her and will only have a ripple effect of goodness and light in the years to come.
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