Cathy Christensen


Catherine Hewel “Cathy” Christensen of The Hermitage Assisted Living Memory Care in Sylva, N.C., left the cruel grip of Alzheimer’s dementia for wholeness with Jesus our Savior on Nov. 3, 2021.

Cathy moved to Sylva in December 2016, from Jacksonville Fla., where she had lived for more than 40 years. She loved to read and talk about her Bible and her Christian faith. She had a beautiful singing voice and loved to sing hymns about Jesus; and she loved little kids and cats. 

Surviving are her son, David C. Hewel of Atlanta, Ga.; a granddaughter, Caitlin Hewel Feeney (Thomas); a great-granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth; sisters, Wilma Hewel Assetta (Gaetano) of Burlington, Mass., Nancy Lorimer Hewel (S-I-L) of Woodbury, N.J., and Gloria Hewel Stockton (Herald) of Sylva, N.C.

Cathy was born in Mineola, N.Y., on Aug. 7, 1946. She was the daughter of Blanche LaTourette Hewel (d. 4/20/2007) and John William Hewel (d. 1/8/2003); her brother John William Hewel Jr. (d. 5/1/2015) and sister Barbara Ann Hewel (d.10/20/2019); and husband Glen Alan Christensen (d.10/11/2011)

No services are planned.

Donations can be made in Catherine’s honor to Western Carolina Alzheimers Association, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.