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Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:00 am

Catherine Ponce de Leon, 80, of Deadwood, died Aug. 21, 2010 at Lead-Deadwood Hospital after a short bout with cancer.

 Catherine was born on Sept. 4, 1929, to Leander and Marian (Pott) Harn in Waterloo, Iowa.  She was brought up by her mother and her beloved aunts, Rean, Agnes and Leone Pott, and her favorite uncle, John Pott.  Watching over the whole family was cousin Lou Witry, a founder of the Waterloo Gas and Engine Works and inventor extraordinate.  He invented the Waterloo Boy, the prototype of the John Deere tractor.  Catherine spent many years researching and writing a history of her family, including Lou's numerous business activities.

 Catherine graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waterloo in 1947.  She married Thomas McGlade on April 18, 1949.  They had four boys and a girl who were very devoted to her.  Her daughter Sue was her best friend in life.  The family moved to the Black Hills in 1967, and Catherine found her best spot on earth.  She cooked and baked in the St. Joseph Hospital (now Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital) for over 20 years.  She is still remembered for her bread, rolls and pies.  In retirement, she was a volunteer at Historic Preservation in Deadwood.  She was an avid supporter of the Twin City Animal Shelter.  She loved to walk every day, and she loved to gather the news around town.

 Catherine married Raul Ponce de Leon in Deadwood on Sept. 5, 1981.  Altogether they had 37 wonderful years together-a life full of books, writing, history and art.  She understood the power of art and the nature of silence for which it was necessary to produce art.  She will be greatly missed for her quiet influence — also sometimes it was not so quiet.

 She is survived by husband, Raul of Deadwood; four sons and one daughter,  Thomas W. (Donna) McGlade, of Rapid City; Sue (Tim) Hinker, of Rapid City; Daniel J. McGlade, of Casper, Wyo.; John R. McGlade, of Casper, Wyo. and William N. (Kelly) McGlade, of Aztec, N.M.; 10 grandchildren Jeff, Amy, Jared, Nicholas, Nick, Katie, Erin, Josh, Kaitlyn and Austin McGlade; one great-granddaughter, Regan, and one on the way; a half-sister, Claudelle Tiedernann, Des Moines, Iowa and  half-brother Jim (Joyce) Miller, Rochester, Minn., and seven devoted cats.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, aunts, uncle, cousins and one infant daughter, Mary Catherine.

 Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 at the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 at the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel.  A memorial had been established to benefit the Twin City Animal Shelter in Lead. 

 Arrangements are entrusted to the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel of Lead. Online condolences may be written at

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