Obituaries

Catherine “Cathy” Prokop

July 10, 1969 - February 17, 2019

Catherine “Cathy” Prokop

Obituary

Catherine “Cathy” Prokop (nee Tobin), 49, of Belvidere, IL and formerly of Hoffman Estates, IL, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 after a courageous battle against colon cancer—She was a Ninja! Cathy was born July 10, 1969 in Chicago, IL, the oldest daughter of the late Richard “Dick” Tobin and Francine (Bomersback) Tobin. Cathy was a 1987 graduate of Fremd High School in Palatine, A 1991 Graduate of Northern Illinois University, and received an M.S. degree from Seton Montessori Academy. Cathy spent the majority of her working career helping mold young children into strong young people at the beginning of their educational careers. Employed by Montessori Private Academy in Rockford, Ms. Cathy was beloved first teacher to hundreds of children.

She is loved and will be missed by her husband, Tom, formerly of Elk Grove Village; son, Joey; daughter, Sarah; mother, Francine of Elgin; brothers, Rich (Julie) Tobin of Des Plaines; Mike (Jenny) Tobin of Palatine; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins all over the United States.

Cathy would tell you her greatest accomplishment was her two wonderful children and the hundreds of little ones whose lives she was blessed to have touched. A visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Rd, Rockford, IL 61107, in the hospitality room. A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Kaim officiating. In Leiu of flowers, Donations in Cathy’s name may be made out to the American Cancer Society, 1801 Meyers Rd, Ste 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, for cancer research. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

Service Schedule

Saturday, March 2, 2019
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Holy Family Catholic Church

4401 Highcrest Road
Rockford, IL 61107

(815) 398-4280

A visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Rd, Rockford, IL 61107, in the hospitality room.

Saturday, March 2, 2019
11:00 am

Holy Family Catholic Church

4401 Highcrest Road
Rockford, IL 61107

(815) 398-4280

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Kaim officiating.

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Francie, I was saddened to hear of your daughter’s passing. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Mary Ellen Bires Natonski 2019-04-01T14:44:45

Cathy was the strongest person I have ever met . I know she will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
May God give you peace forever.

Betty Cunningham 2019-03-01T22:21:52

I always admired Cathy’s kind and cheerful attitude towards her little students at Montessori, and her sense of humor. She had a wonderful gift of making people feel comfortable, and I always felt happier after talking with her. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

Beth Von Driska 2019-02-24T13:28:55

Cathy was an old friend that I’d lost touch with. Her picture here is the same smiling face I remember. She was always such a happy person. I’m very saddened to hear of her passing and so sorry for this loss to the Prokop and Tobin families. You have my deepest condolences.

Kevin Morrissey 2019-02-22T22:05:50

Ms. Cathy. Definitely a tremendous loss here on earth but a huge gain to heaven above. Amazing teacher! So glad my daughter Mila was able to experience her first years at Montessori with Ms. Cathy as her teacher. Blessings and love to her family as well.

adriana villafuerte 2019-02-22T12:21:47

Ms. Cathy was my grandaughter’s first teacher. We are so grateful that she was the person who helped mold Abby’s love of exploration and learning. We are saddened by her passing but will forever be grateful for her life.

Bev Wowk 2019-02-21T23:35:18

So very sorry for your loss. Cathy was such a caring teacher, she helped my son, Quinn, go from a shy boy who would only sit in the corner of the classroom to the outgoing young man he is today. I could never thank her enough for creating such a nurturing environment that led to his love of learning. The world is a darker place without her, but she left a lot of light behind.

Amy Beiersdorff 2019-02-21T22:28:24

I feel so blessed to have known Cathy during the time our boys were in scouts and played baseball together. She was such a beautiful lady, inside and out. I pray that one day, the wonderful memories she made with each of you will bring you comfort. May God bless each of you 🙏❤️

Laura Isely 2019-02-21T20:20:23

Tom, Joey, Sarah- our hearts are with you! Cathy was a wonderful soul and an amazing friend. She will be missed deeply by all who knew her. But her legacy lives on in all of you. God Bless You All!

Cooper Simon-Tobin 2019-02-21T20:01:29

I am so very sorry for your loss. I did not know Cathy. I heard about her fight and met Joey at our youth dance group. She has been in our prayers. It was obvious she was an amazing woman and mother; her legacy lives on in the amazing young man she raised in Joey.

Prayers are with you for strength during this difficult time, Joey and family. Your Mom♥️ will continue to be with you in your heart every day. I lost my Mom 22 years ago ~ she’ll be with you always. You’ll never be alone with your very special guardian angel. God bless all of you. I’m so very sorry♥️

Monica Giannoni 2019-02-21T18:44:10

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