Petaluma native Catherine Potter dies at age 91

Catherine Potter had a talent for furnishing aromatically comforting memories that lasted a lifetime.

"You'd walk into the kitchen and it would smell like cookies," said her daughter, Loretta Waltz of Sebastopol.

Potter, a Petaluma native, had lived with Loretta and Jack Waltz for 11 years when she died at their home on Sunday. She was 91.

Potter, the youngest of two children, was born Catherine Ottillie Faraone on Aug. 9, 1921 at the Cherry Street home where her mother, Ottillie, also was born. Her father, Frank, an Italian immigrant, worked at Petaluma Poultry Producers.

The family spent time in both Petaluma and San Francisco as she grew up, and she finished her schooling in San Francisco, Waltz said.

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