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 Sarah Echavarria on April 4, 2022
A year ago today was the last time I physically saw you alive. You had a walker and didn’t look well. My brand new umbrella for my table broke and my daughter lost her gym shoe. I still think she threw the one shoe out since toddlers are weird like that. I was distracted by silly things. If I knew that would have been the last time I would have thanked you for always being there for my kids. Thanks for purposely irritating me by buying them a bunch of junk to make them happy. You had the grandparent role while I had the mean mother role. My oldest adored you and still does. She still talks about last Easter. She doesn’t remember the walker or you having trouble getting around. She remembers spending time with you. I still think about our conversation about a rain check for you to go fishing with my kiddos on the 30th. The hardest thing I have done in my life was fight back the tears and put my kids to bed that night because I knew your son was going to come home broken. It was hard to tell my children that grandma can’t do that rain check for fishing the next morning. You just can’t replace a devoted grandma that poured all her love into the children. Now I have the role of deciding what goes into those Easter baskets that you gave them last year but it doesn’t feel enough. I wish I would have told you last year how important you were to my kids and how Caitlin adored you.
Posted by Daniel Echavarria on October 4, 2021

Mom always encouraged us to try. She was happy when I started going back to school. I finished part one and plan on pushing forward. We love you and miss you. It’s been really hard without you.
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 Sarah Echavarria on April 4, 2022
A year ago today was the last time I physically saw you alive. You had a walker and didn’t look well. My brand new umbrella for my table broke and my daughter lost her gym shoe. I still think she threw the one shoe out since toddlers are weird like that. I was distracted by silly things. If I knew that would have been the last time I would have thanked you for always being there for my kids. Thanks for purposely irritating me by buying them a bunch of junk to make them happy. You had the grandparent role while I had the mean mother role. My oldest adored you and still does. She still talks about last Easter. She doesn’t remember the walker or you having trouble getting around. She remembers spending time with you. I still think about our conversation about a rain check for you to go fishing with my kiddos on the 30th. The hardest thing I have done in my life was fight back the tears and put my kids to bed that night because I knew your son was going to come home broken. It was hard to tell my children that grandma can’t do that rain check for fishing the next morning. You just can’t replace a devoted grandma that poured all her love into the children. Now I have the role of deciding what goes into those Easter baskets that you gave them last year but it doesn’t feel enough. I wish I would have told you last year how important you were to my kids and how Caitlin adored you.
Posted by Daniel Echavarria on October 4, 2021

Mom always encouraged us to try. She was happy when I started going back to school. I finished part one and plan on pushing forward. We love you and miss you. It’s been really hard without you.
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.
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Happy birthday

Shared by Sarah Echavarria on March 7, 2022
Happy 60th birthday Eve, Cathy. It is weird not having you around to celebrate with Dan. I was given the task of making the dirt cake and I forgot to pick up the worms. Sac religious, I know.  I wonder if you would have been excited or appalled that you would be turning 60 tomorrow. I know my mom cried when she turned 40 and enjoyed 50. I am guessing you would have embraced it since age matures our state of mind. Dan misses his birthday buddy and truth is I miss you too. My FamilyAlbum app shows all the birthdays we had at my house and I am glad that we have it on videos/ back up storage . You were a great mother-in-law and grandma to my kiddos. We love and miss you. Happy birthday.


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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