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Mrs. Sylvia P. Cato

Born Into Time: November 05, 1934
Born Into Eternity: February 13, 2018

Sylvia P. Cato, affectionately called “Patty” by her family, was born on November 5, 1934, in Chicago, IL. She was the second of five children born to the union of James and Constance McKay. Sylvia was raised in the Lillydale Community on the south side of Chicago.

Sylvia accepted Christ at an early age, joining Lillydale First Baptist Church. She was an active member of the Children’s Choir, usher board and the youth organization.

She attended Chicago public schools graduating from Gillespie Elementary School and Calumet High School. She continued her education at the University of Illinois and Chicago State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education. Always aspiring to further her studies, she later attended Governors State University where she earned two Masters Degrees in Business Education and Counseling.

Sylvia was an advocate for education and spent the majority of her life in educational roles. During the last 17 years of her career, she served as a counselor. In this capacity, she used her exceptional skills in communication, management, and organization to advise and guide elementary, high school, and undergraduate students. Prior to career counseling, she served as a business instructor with the Chicago Public Schools.

A woman of many talents and dimensions, Sylvia also modeled with the Carrie Scott modeling agency.

She joined Trinity United Church of Christ in 1978, where she served as a member of the deacon board and counseling ministries. She was very involved in the Church until health challenges prevented her from remaining active. In her leisure time, Sylvia loved to travel, sew, read, and spend time with her family and friends.

Sylvia married the love of her life, Albert Cato Jr. at the age of 18 and to that union, three daughters were born. Married 64 years, Al and Sylvia were an example of a loving marriage, full of laughter and joy. They enjoyed traveling together, attending plays, sporting events, and later in life, they delighted in the company of their dog, Sugar Pie.

Sylvia leaves to cherish her memory: her loving husband, Albert; three daughters, Deborah C. Moore (Kerry), Deidre D. Cato-Baker (Jerome), and Cheryl D. Cato; one granddaughter, Rachel D. Evans; two sisters, Monique D. Davis and Constance M. Donnella; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James McKay Jr.; and five sisters, Lucille Garnett, Ruth Grimsley, Ethelyn Christmas, Virginia DeBerry, and Joceyln McKay Durr.

Public Viewing:


Service Information:

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Visitation / Family Hour:
4:00 PM
Service Time:
5:00 PM
Trinity UCC
400 W. 95th Street
Chicago, IL




#1 Melody McDowell 2018-02-15 18:18
Sylvia was a warm, caring wife to Al, mother to three beautiful and accomplished daughters Deborah, Deidre and Cheryl and grandmother to Rachel. She was also a devoted sister.

We can't forget one other: She loved the family puppy, Sugar Pie and they could often be seen snuggling together...nose to nose.

As a professional educator, she was passionate and dedicated.

She had a smile that lit up the room. And, everyone she met was drawn to her.

I'll always remember her as a woman with grace, character and integrity.

She was a woman of substance who will be missed.

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