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Woman died inside her childhood home

Updated: September 20, 2013 6:02AM



Catherine Elizabeth Weiland died in the home where she grew up: a three-flat in Avondale on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

The 1979 graduate of Good Counsel High School was a licensed pharmacy technician — the latest in a string of jobs she took after winning a $1.4 million judgment in a divorce from her second husband in 1995.

It’s unclear how much she collected from her ex-husband, who’s dead. Weiland later sued a since-disbarred lawyer she accused of failing to repay a $240,000 loan she gave him.

After her second divorce, Weiland took a part-time job as a cashier at a Jewel, then was a “beauty adviser” at a Carson Pirie Scott & Co. in the Harlem Irving Plaza.

Her family had been regulars for decades of La Villa restaurant on North Pulaski, where she was at the bar the night she died.

Weiland, 47, lived in her father’s apartment building, where he and her brother also had apartments. Her mother died in 2002.

Weiland never had children. Ten months after she died, her father George Weiland died at age 82. Six months later, her brother John, 58, was found dead in his apartment from heart disease.

The building at 3115 N. St. Louis then was sold by Weiland’s only surviving sibling, Audrey Head. Her husband, financier Wallace L. Head, is on the board of the John G. Shedd Aquarium.



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