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News - January 2, 2013

Obituary: Catherine Rountree, 93, longtime teacher

Catherine Rountree, a long-time teacher and resident of Menlo Park, died Dec. 24 at the age of 93.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Church of the Nativity at 210 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park.

Born in Brooklyn in 1919, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years, from 1943 to 1945, the family said. She met her future husband, Dudley Glen Rountree, while in the service and the couple married in 1945 before moving to California. They settled in Menlo Park in 1959.

She went on to earn a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University and a master's degree from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Rountree taught students in Newark until retiring. Retirement did not keep her out of the classroom, however. She taught English as a second language until the age of 84. Relatives said she also traveled all over the world.

She is survived by brother Peter Murray of Eureka; sons Thomas Rountree of Gardnerville ( Nevada), David and Philip Rountree of Menlo Park, and Michael Rountree of Los Gatos; and daughter Nancy Rountree of Redwood City; as well as four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Ms. Rountree was preceded in death by her husband Dudley and sisters Mary Leonard and Agnes McEvoy.

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