Mary Catherine “Cathy” Lane Sicard, 55, of Marietta passed away peacefully on Friday, June 15, surrounded by her loved ones.
Cathy had a distinguished career in the medical field, following in the footsteps of her brother and sister. She earned an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Nassau Community College in Long Island, N.Y., before beginning her career as an orthopedic surgical Registered Nurse in Augusta, Ga. After relocating to Atlanta, she changed directions and worked with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with emotional and behavioral health challenges as a Registered Nurse at the Devereux Center of Georgia. Cathy had to reinvent herself to master a job that required specialized education and skills to deal with the turmoil that was the reality of these children’s lives. She was soon promoted to Assistant Director of Nursing and one year later, at the age of 24, was promoted again to Director of Nursing.
In January of 2000, Cathy left the corporate world to devote her attention to her three children. During this time, she also was given the privilege (as she put it) to care first for her mother-in-law who suffered from Parkinson’s disease and later for her mother who suffered with Alzheimer’s. Her compassion and love was evident in the care she provided, which made a difference in their lives and also instilled a newfound passion in hers. Cathy had found her calling in life.
After a 13-year hiatus from the corporate world, Cathy’s passion for the field of geriatrics led to employment at Bickford Assisted Senior Living as Registered Nurse Coordinator for the Marietta location. In seven short months, she was promoted to Regional Director of Resident Care. In 2016, Bickford was acquired by Charter Senior Living, and after overseeing the transition, Cathy was named Director of Resident Care for the Woodstock location of Merrill Gardens Senior Living. And after six months in that role and just a week before being admitted to the hospital, she was promoted to Regional Director of Resident Care for the company. She was excited about the opportunity to extend her reach and fulfill a personal goal: “To allow my residents to live the remaining days of their lives in a home environment that champions the passionate virtue of uncompromised care.”
Cathy’s legacy lives on in her husband of thirty-five years, Ronald Sicard, 58; children Justin, 28, Kyle, 24, and Catherine “Olivia” Sicard, 22. She is also survived by her sister, Suanne Lambiase and husband Ray of New York; her two brothers, Dr. Tim Lane and wife Alison as well as Mark Lane and wife Patty, both of New York; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 23, at Unity North Atlanta church, 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, Ga. 30066. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a donation be made to the Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. More information can be found at http://support.pancan.org/site/TR?team_id=13777&fr_id=1523&pg=team.
Medford-Peden Funeral Home is taking care of all arrangements.
Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer