Catherine “Kati” Sutton, age 83, passed away peacefully at Oak Grove Center in Waterville, ME in the early morning hours of December 7, 2018. Kati was born to Kate (Hauser) Brandenberg and Walter Brandenberg in Prospect Park, New Jersey on July 1, 1935. Soon after her birth her family moved to the neighboring Town of Hawthorne, New Jersey where she lived at home until her marriage to John T. “Jack” Sutton on October 10, 1959. After their marriage the Suttons lived in Hawthorne until they relocated to Maine in 1963, when Jack joined Keyes Fibre Company in Waterville, ME.\r\n\r\nKati graduated from Hawthorne High School in 1953 where she was honored as class valedictorian. After high school she spent a year with relatives in Germany, and she traveled in Europe. Back home she attended Sherwood School of Business in Paterson, N.J. and was employed as bookkeeper at Stange & Co., a spice firm there before moving to Maine. Daughter Nancy was born in Ridgewood, N. J. and son Richard was born soon after their arrival in Waterville, ME.\r\n\r\nAmong her many activities in Maine Kati worked in real estate sales and volunteered to lead Brownies and Girl Scouts, to chair Belgrade’s Boy Scout troop committee, teach Sunday School at Old South Church, form a committee with neighbors Loyce Hayslett and Nancy Mairs to promote a new library at Belgrade Central School, staff the Belgrade information booth on Rt. 27 along with her mother Kate, manage vegetable gardens and a small orchard, and care for her parents who retired to Belgrade in 1968.\r\n\r\nKati was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be missed by many whose lives she touched over the years. During her later years Kati was stricken with scleroderma, cancers and Lewy Body dementia. Even while battling her own difficulties she cheerfully counseled and inspired others similarly afflicted, with grace and her truly positive attitude.\r\n\r\nKati was famous for her “sweaters” and had many for each season and holiday! Friends and family always enjoyed seeing what sweater Kati would be wearing during the holidays and season changes. Over the decades, Kati chronicled her life; family, friends, holidays, travel and home projects with hundreds of photographs painstakingly placed in albums as a source of enjoyment for her family and for reminiscing in future years.\r\n\r\nKati is survived by husband Jack; her daughter Nancy and husband Alex Vailas of New Castle, N. H. and their children Arianna Vailas of Simsbury, Conn. and Jack of Manchester, N.H.; son Richard, his wife Robin Lippert and their daughter Eliza Sutton of Cambridge, Mass.; brother Dr. Karl Brandenberg, of Fort Worth, Texas and his son Brock, wife Diana and their children Max and Charlie. She is predeceased by her brother Walter Brandenberg.\r\n\r\nKati’s family thanks her family physician, Dr. Catherine Nielsen and the staff of Oak Grove Center in Waterville, ME for their care and kindnesses throughout her final years. We are also grateful for the visits and communications from friends, and the companionship of residents that helped to brighten her time at Oak Grove. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kati’s name may be made to the Belgrade Public Library, the Waterville Humane Society or to the charity you choose.\r\n\r\nAt Kati’s request her body will be cremated and there will be no visiting hours. A function for family and friends to celebrate Kati’s life will be announced for late next spring or early summer.\r\n\r\nAn online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.familyfirstfh.com\r\n\r\nArrangements are By Lawry Brothers-Wheeler Funeral & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland, ME.