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Local woman dies of burns

December 01, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Williamsport resident Cathy "C.L." Widmyer died Sunday after spending nearly three weeks in a Baltimore hospital, where she was being treated for burns she suffered at a park just blocks from her home.

Her husband, Joe Widmyer, said Sunday that his wife touched the lives of and cheered up nearly all who knew her.

Widmyer, 51, of 47 E. Salisbury St., was pronounced dead Sunday in the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, a medical center spokeswoman said.

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She sustained second- and third-degree burns to at least 75 percent of her body during an apparent suicide attempt in a parking lot at Byron Memorial Park on Nov. 10, Assistant State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said earlier this month.

Joe Widmyer said his wife was known in virtually every circle of the community.

"She meant a lot to a lot of people. That's what makes it so tragic," he said. "Cathy Widmyer touched the lives of so many people in this community."

Joe Widmyer said people knew her as a pleasant, happy person.

"She was the most fun-loving, outgoing person you'd like to meet," he said. "She always cheered people up."

Cathy Widmyer, a Pittsburgh native, was well-known in Williamsport and the surrounding area, in part through her many community activities. A teacher at Fountain Rock Elementary School from 1974 to 1982, she also was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Williamsport, taught aerobics for 25 years at the YMCA, served as secretary of the Saint Maria Goretti High School Athletic Association and was a member of the Potomac Playmakers.

Cathy Widmyer had been practicing for her role in the Potomac Playmakers' "The World Goes 'Round" show early last month.

Services for Widmyer will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.

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