ForeverMissed

Cathy S. Echavarria, 59, went to be with our Lord Friday, April 30, 2021 in Oak Lawn, Illinois. She was the beloved wife of Jose; loving mother of Samuel (Erin) and Daniel (Sarah); adoring grandmother of seven children: Luke, Grace, Joseph, Caitlin, Patrick, Allie, and Mateo; dear sister of Debra (Joseph) Rudofski, Linda Dean, Carl (Kelly) Culver, David (Gillian) Culver and Wai Foo Moy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Grace Culver, brothers Donald “Duck” Culver, J.V. “Pete” Culver, Kenneth Culver, and sister Brenda McDiarmid.

Cathy faithfully served the Lord Jesus at State Road Baptist Church, where she was a member. She was a long-time employee of Advocate Christ Medical Center, where she held several positions during her tenure. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, exploring nature, and caring for her dogs. Cathy was known for her quiet spirit and quick wit. She will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 3:00pm-8:00pm at McKenzie Funeral Home, 15618 S. Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest, IL. Visitation will also be held Friday, May 7, 2021 from 10:00am-11:00am at State Road Baptist Church, 8310 State Road, Burbank, IL with a celebration of life service immediately following. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements at both locations.

Posted by Ann Murphy on May 9, 2021
Jose, Dan, Samuel and the entire family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Anyone who had interaction with Cathy is a better person because of it. O remember when my Dad was in the hospital, Cathy made sure to sit with me in the waiting room. A quiet spirit, you could sense her prayers. She never sought attention, just plugged ahead. Cathy, I can only imagine the joy that surrounds you. I have some people up there you've probably met by now. We mourn, not as others, but we mourn. I wish every comfort to the family.
Posted by Kathleen Schultz on May 5, 2021
There were many kind gestures when my father died two years ago. Cathy and Jose brought food and drinks in to the funeral home with no fanfare whatsoever. In fact, I didn't even know they had done it until I went to clean up the kitchen. That was Cathy. She was a quiet, gentle light in a very dark world.

She adored all of her grandchildren, three of whom we shared. She was always ready to play a board game or card game with Caitlin. She was always ready to work on a craft , color Easter eggs, or celebrate birthdays and holidays. She had patience and that is key when you are dealing with children.

She worked hard at Christ Hospital. She truly amazed me with her ability to overcome obstacles. I remember talking to her about the long hours that she put in at work. She never complained. She was a Christ follower who "walked the talk." I never heard her say a mean thing about anyone. We could all take a page out of her book. That book was the Holy Bible and she lived it. She was an inspiration to me.

She is glorifying God in Heaven now. She doesn't have to be in pain or work long hard hours. I am very happy for her. I am extremely sad for our grandchildren. She is already missed by those who got to know her. Her memory will be honored.

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Posted by Ann Murphy on May 9, 2021
Jose, Dan, Samuel and the entire family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Anyone who had interaction with Cathy is a better person because of it. O remember when my Dad was in the hospital, Cathy made sure to sit with me in the waiting room. A quiet spirit, you could sense her prayers. She never sought attention, just plugged ahead. Cathy, I can only imagine the joy that surrounds you. I have some people up there you've probably met by now. We mourn, not as others, but we mourn. I wish every comfort to the family.
Posted by Kathleen Schultz on May 5, 2021
There were many kind gestures when my father died two years ago. Cathy and Jose brought food and drinks in to the funeral home with no fanfare whatsoever. In fact, I didn't even know they had done it until I went to clean up the kitchen. That was Cathy. She was a quiet, gentle light in a very dark world.

She adored all of her grandchildren, three of whom we shared. She was always ready to play a board game or card game with Caitlin. She was always ready to work on a craft , color Easter eggs, or celebrate birthdays and holidays. She had patience and that is key when you are dealing with children.

She worked hard at Christ Hospital. She truly amazed me with her ability to overcome obstacles. I remember talking to her about the long hours that she put in at work. She never complained. She was a Christ follower who "walked the talk." I never heard her say a mean thing about anyone. We could all take a page out of her book. That book was the Holy Bible and she lived it. She was an inspiration to me.

She is glorifying God in Heaven now. She doesn't have to be in pain or work long hard hours. I am very happy for her. I am extremely sad for our grandchildren. She is already missed by those who got to know her. Her memory will be honored.
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Gingerbread houses

Shared by Daniel Echavarria on May 27, 2021
I have been trying to upload a 2018 video of us doing our gingerbread houses. It was before we started  to redo our house and before Allie existed. We were never completely successful  but  Cathy insisted on trying. She would bring extra candy and frosting. Dan and Cathy tried so hard but they  were not trained engineers in 2018. Caitlin was eating the ingredients  as they tried. The other years they were lopsided. Little traditions  must go on but it won't  be the same. 

Precious Memories

Shared by Erin Echavarria on May 27, 2021
Thank you Uncle Dan and Aunt Sarah for all the videos of Grandma. I love watching her when she was having fun. I always love her laugh. Every time she came to Texas, she would take us to the zoo, park, and candy store even if she didn't feel like it. She would make sure everyone was included. My brothers and I love how she drived. It was like a rollercoaster! :) We will always remember our grandma.
              - Grace

She missed us

Shared by Daniel Echavarria on May 17, 2021
Yes, Sarah is going  to bombard this wall with stories. After all, Our Daily Bread for Kids was talking  about  passing down  stories so that the next generation will  know and remember the past so here we go.

I love having  Cathy on videos  because I see her happy and  laughing with my kids. When Allie came we really  didn't  get videos and photos because she didn't  feel well. I sometimes regret it now. 

I remember her asking if we can be done with the Covid thing  already. She was surprised that I told her to come over and see the kiddos. She came over after appointments whenever she felt down or when she had a bad day at therapy.  Cathy just loved the kids and who was I to let the rona scare get in the way? Life is short and unpredictable. I am so glad that  we didn't  lock ourselves in and wear  masks  24/7. My kids and I made memories with Grandma even if she wasn't at 100%. I let them hug and kiss without  masks. Humans need that connection  and my kids now miss it from  her.

Caitlin was asking if she misses us. It is hard to say no to a 6 year old but she is in a better place. She missed us when she couldnt  go on the  floor  to play or upstairs to be in their rooms. 

Cathy was a very hands on grandma that used to clap  her hands once and rubbed her them whenever she saw the babies. She took the opportunity  to whisk Caitlin away from me when she was frantic a night after her first round of shots. This past March,  Patrick  vomited all over me and she wanted to come by to help. I said  no because  she wasn't in shape for that but that was just who she was.

I missed her then and she missed us too. I knew she wasn't  going to be around much longer and I saw it in her eyes this past Easter that she missed us. She had her cane and was watching the kids play outside in our backyard. She missed doing the things that she loved to do but she was still there  for my kids.  You can tell she wanted to join them. She is so very missed in my home tonight.