Catharine Walker

May 31, 1930 ~ October 30, 2022 (age 92) 92 Years Old


On Sunday, October 30th, 2022, Catharine Sullivan Walker of Guilford CT passed away surrounded by her loving family.  Her beloved husband of 65 years, Frederick E. Walker, predeceased her by 4 years.   She was the devoted mother of Catharine “Kim” (Torbjörn) Bergstrom of Sweden, Elizabeth “Beth” (Edward) Phillips of Marlton NJ, Frederick Christopher (Candace) Walker of Madison CT.  Grandmother of the late Per Christopher Bergstrom, Frederick Timothy Bergstrom, Anne-Sophie Larsson (Torbjörn), Edward Phillips (Tara), Hope Phillips, Christopher Walker Jr., Blake Walker (Stephanie), Taylor Walker (Rebecca), Spencer Walker (Rachel), Chase Walker.  Great grandmother to Norabelle, Celine, Hugo, Maisie, Esme, Shay, and Keira. Catharine was born on May 31st, 1930, to the Rev. Richard Godfrey Sullivan and Olive Middleton Sullivan. The second of their four children, she is also survived by her brother William Cuyler Sullivan of Wrightstown, NJ.

As a lifelong learner, Catharine obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the New Jersey State Teachers College and taught fifth grade. Later in life, she returned to college for a degree in art history from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT followed by a master’s degree in art history from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. 

Catharine was both a devoted wife and mother. She and Fred shared a passion for the theater and international travel and often traveled throughout Scandinavia and Europe to visit with her oldest daughter and her children who live in Sweden. As a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother she shared her passion for the arts with them all and especially as it related to her work as a docent at the Yale Art Gallery in New Haven.

Private family services will be held this spring in Ewing, New Jersey where Catharine and Fred will rest eternally together. 


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