March 9, 1928 ~ February 12, 2020

Born in: Denver, Colorado
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Catherine May Zarlengo passed peacefully February 12. 2020 in Greenwood Village, Co. She was born March 9, 1928 in Denver, Colorado to James Everett Collier and Virginia May Morgan Collier.

Cathy grew up in Denver living with her mother and later with her father and step-mother Lucy Collier. She graduated from North High in 1946 where she was involved with Pep Club, Speech Club and History Club. Cathy noted she may have been a better student but loved Job’s Daughters, ice-skating at Sloan’s Lake and other social events more.  She graduated from Colorado Women’s College in 1949.

In 1950 she married Morton Dyksterhuis and to that union two children were born, Victoria and Laura. May 18, 1956 she married William “Bill” Zarlengo and they had two children, David and Julie. Cathy and Bill moved to Littleton due to Bill’s job with Martin-Marietta in 1963 and raised their children there. They eventually moved to The Village in Highlands Ranch where they made numerous friends and had many good times. She was a very active member of the Village Garden Club. Cathy moved to Brookdale in 2011 following Bill’s death in January of 2010.

Cathy held several different jobs in her life, including “babysitting” her dear friend Dottie’s children Deedee, Gary and Tony; Circle Savings & Loan, and United Airlines. She held several positions and retired from the Arapahoe County Treasurer Department in 1991. Her most important job though was that of being a wife and mother. Among many roles, she served as a Brownie leader, room mother as well as a party and event planner for her children. She chauffeured them and their friends around in her station wagon to dance, gymnastics and ice-skating lessons, to the ski bus, and Friday night skating.

She enjoyed entertaining, was a great cook and loved to dance and do different kinds of crafts. In her early years many family members worked in the theatre industry and she and Mel loved to go to the movies. They enjoyed spending summers with their Collier grandparents. She said attending and being a counselor at summer camps was one of the best things she got to do. Bill was a jazz musician and raced sports cars so for several years they were involved with those activities. Cathy and Bill were also enthusiastic Bronco fans!

Cathy is survived by her children Victoria Dyksterhuis Folkerts, Laura Woods (Dennis); David Zarlengo (Lorie); and Julie Sumlin (Greg).

She is also survived by her grandchildren Nathanael Folkerts; Naomi Folkerts; Jennifer Milligan; William Zarlengo; Randy Zarlengo; Tyler Hinton; Lindsay Hinton; Callie Sutton; Ethan Sumlin; and Lanie Sumlin. In addition she is survived by her great-grandchildren Kingston and Nola Folkerts; Hailey Milligan; and Hollin and Haines Hinton.

She also leaves behind her nephews Stan (Mary) and Scott Dorak and many loving friends including Cas Arcilise.

Cathy was preceded in death by her husband Bill, parents, dear sister, Melva Dorak and son-in-law Donn Folkerts.

A Celebration of Life will be held February 19, 2020 at Horan & McConaty 5303 E. County Line Rd., Centennial, CO at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Wild Life Sanctuary in Keensburg or St. Jude’s Hospital.


Celebration of Life: February 19, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

Room: Family Chapel

Reception: February 19, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

Room: Reception Hall

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  1. I am really sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed knowing and being around her. Her and Bill will always be in my thoughts and memories. Don Zarlengo

  2. I have such fond memories of her. She and Bill lived across the street from my Mom, Myrlyn Harbert at the Village. She made my Mom feel so welcome to the community. When my Mom moved she would drive over to have lunch with her. Such a lovely, vital person. She blessed our life. Keeping you close in out thoughts. Laurie Harbert

  3. Sandy and I are saddened to hear of Catherine’s passing.

    We hope Vicki, Laurie, Dave, Julie, and all their families find strength together in this difficult time.

    You are in our thoughts.

    Sandy & Rick

  4. Vicki I never knew your mom but I’m very sure she was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I’m sorry for your loss and the loss to your children and grandchildren. Hugs and Prayers.

  5. Terry and my thoughts are with you and your families as you celebrate your mother’s life together. Hugs to you all.

    Kris & Terry Schneider

  6. We lost our beautiful Aunt Casey this last week but we know she has rejoined our beautiful Mother in peace! Our hearts go out to our cusins, Vicki, Laurie, Dave, Julie, and all their families. We love you all.

    Stan & Mary

  7. To the extended Family, please accept our condolences during your time of bereavement. Please make every effort to focus on the great memories.

    Juanita & George Bell
    Friends with Laura & Dennis Woods
    We reside in Virginia


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