Catherine E. Flint

Catherine Elizabeth Flint of Hayfork passed away on Sept. 13, 2021.

Catherine, known as Rena by her friends and family, was born on Nov. 27, 1933, the last of seven children born to Axel and Clara Sjoblom.

She was raised in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and attended Glenbard High School, graduating in 1952.

After high school she worked as a secretary for Argonne National Laboratory from 1952-1954. In 1954 she moved to California to live with her sister Barbara and secured a job as a secretary at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It was at the Livermore Lab where Rena met her future husband Robert Flint.

After a whirlwind courtship of one month, and visiting the wilds of Trinity County, hiking in penny loafers to the family cabin on the South Fork of the Trinity River to meet Bob’s parents, Rena and Bob eloped to Carson City, Nev., and got married with both mothers in tow.

After her marriage to Bob in 1955, the couple moved to Hayfork where Bob was employed as a teacher at the Hayfork Elementary School, and later principal. While living in Hayfork the couple welcomed three children — Michael, Dianne and Steve. Rena was a stay-at-home mom, and active in the Hayfork community with Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Booster Club, PTA, Little League, Trinity County Historical Society, and the La Butaca Club. The Flints often opened their home to many of the Hayfork kids that their three children befriended.

From 1977-1980 she worked as the career aide at the Hayfork High School, and from 1980-1987 was the librarian at the school. In 1987 both she and her husband retired.

Rena lived in Hayfork for 54 years, moving to Weaverville in 2009 after Bob passed away. She eventually moved to Sierra Oaks Memory Care in Redding.

Rena is survived by her three children, Michael Flint (Jenni) of Weaverville, Dianne Flint (Ken) of Sparks, Nev., and Steven Flint (Suzanne) of Sparks, Nev; her grandchildren, Megan, Chelsey, Zachary, Sydney and Jackson, and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Robert E. Flint, she was preceded in death by her parents, Axel and Clara Sjoblom, her brothers and sisters, Robert, William, Lawrence, Roger, Margaret and Barbara.

A family celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2022.

Memorial donations can be made to the Trinity County Scholarship Foundation in Catherine’s name, P.O. Box 2000, Weaverville, CA 96093.

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