Allhands, Catherine G. “Cathy” (Raynoha)

MADISON—She surrounded herself with dozens of angel figurines in life; she is surrounded by the angels of heaven now. Catherine G. “Cathy” (Raynoha) Allhands died peacefully, with her family by her side, on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, after waging a valiant fight against brain cancer.

Cathy was born June 10, 1954, to Mary Ann and Stephen Raynoha in Madison. She graduated from Edgewood High School in 1972. On Sept. 29, 1973, she married James Allhands of Madison, who was her best friend until his death on July 5, 2016. Cathy worked for the State of Wisconsin for more than 35 years, with the last several years as a purchasing agent for the Department of Workforce Development. She was spontaneous, fearless and loved adventure. Her creativity and fondness for glitter and glitz flowed freely in her Christmas decorations, her artwork, and her work and holiday attire. Her Halloween costumes were comical, colorful, and often magical. Cathy was at the center of every party, drawing everyone in, making them laugh and warming the room. She was competitive at golf and softball, but most of all enjoyed the camaraderie of her many friends in sport. From our arms to the heavenly arms of loved ones awaiting Cathy’s warm embrace, we lift our hearts in gratitude for the gift of Cathy and her life. We carry her heart within ours.

Cathy is survived by her mother; two sons, Peter (Talia) and Ben Allhands of Madison; grandchildren, Chase and Delton; a brother, Paul (Ranie) Raynoha of Gilbert, Ariz.; and six sisters, Joni (Dick) Dye of Madison, Mary (Don) McLaughlin of Macungie, Pa., Elizabeth (Dave) Walbridge of Kent, Wash., Jane Maule of Madison, Clare (Mark) Soden of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Margy (Curt) Milstein of Salida, Colo. She is also survived by many loving aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews.

Cathy was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Allhands; her father, Stephen Raynoha; and her precious niece, Katelyn Rose Milstein.

A celebration of Cathy’s life will be held this fall at a place and date to be determined. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Anne Traynor and Jess at the UW Carbone Cancer Center and the Agrace HospiceCare Team. Online condolences may be made at

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