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Katya (Elizabeth) Catherine Sousa
  • 49 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 4, 1964
  • Place of birth:
    Elmira, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: May 14, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    San Bruno, California, United States
Let the memory of Katya (Elizabeth) be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Katya (Elizabeth) Sousa, 49, born on September 4, 1964 and passed away on May 14, 2014. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Terry Van Fleet on 15th May 2017

"Katya dear Katya, it's been 3 earthly years since your rebirth into the Spiritual Realm!  Your life has touched so many in this realm.  
Thank you for what you taught me, and for allowing me to assist you during some painful, difficult, trying times. I know I gained far more than you during this time, I am certainly moved by your humbleness, humor, trust in God, and more care for me than issues you endured, the pain you endured which medicines couldn't remove, your loss of privacy, and other issues related to your illness.
I miss your humor, stupid jokes, incredible smile, and always seeing the good in everyone.
I know you are in the presence of incredible souls. Please pray for us as we pray for you. Thanks again! Terry"

This tribute was added by Rebecca Passa on 14th May 2017

""But there is only one of you
That makes you special
You stand out among the other things; it's true

"Yes, the universe is large
And whoever is in charge
Made lots of things, but only one of you .... <3 ""

This tribute was added by Carlos Zamora on 4th September 2015

"Dear Katya, today is your birthday.   Have a blast!   Dance, laugh and be full of joy.  You gave so much love here...  Be happy there..."

This tribute was added by Linda Leeb on 14th May 2015

"We will, we will miss you! <sing it!>"

This tribute was added by Eman Isadiar on 14th May 2015

"Dear Katya,

A year has already gone by since you were here. I miss you and remember our conversations often. You still make me smile in your own unique way."

This tribute was added by Rebecca Passa on 9th October 2014

"Helloooo Katya Lovely Sousa!!! Guess what, after all this time, I have finally just tonight, finished Ruhi Book 1 that we started together ages ago. Love you and miss you sweetheart, please say hi to my dad for me, and to your mom <3 <3"

This tribute was added by Carlos Zamora on 4th September 2014

"Happy Birthday..."

This tribute was added by Tony Ighani on 23rd July 2014

"My Dearest Katya:
It seems only  like yesterday that I met you at Bosch and the bond of your friendship was immediate and the unconditional love you gave me and all your friends was ever present.  You are gift to all of us who know you, you are a one-of-a-kind soul that very seldom walks the earth and now you belong to the angels.   Even though for most of our friendship, geography didn’t allow for more frequent visits,  but still you always managed to keep the love and friendship pure and alive.  I am so terribly sorry that I was not able to be with you before you made your transition to the Abha Kingdom, but I am so grateful to your friends  and dear Carlos in particular who shared  the video of the beautiful memorial service with me.  In watching the video, it is so clear how profoundly you touched the lives of so many people including me.  I will forever cherish our friendship, the laughter, our talks, and our time together.  It’s been an honor to be your friend.  With Love and Gratitude, Tony  (Los Angeles)"

This tribute was added by Linda Leeb on 30th May 2014

"Katya was a true original, and a devoted servant of Baha. I want to thank her for many things, but especially for two wonderful experiences. She took me to see Queen, with Paul Rodgers singing, at the San Jose HP Pavilion, and it was fabulous. We also went to see Eddie Izzard, which was unforgettable. She loved these two artists and I was so lucky to get to see them with her. We used to riff on Eddie Izzard's 'Cake or Death' routine. She was so funny, so smart, so loving, and so generous. I know of a certainty that her joyful soul is dancing in the fields of glory with her Best Beloved. Bless, bless, bless her."

This tribute was added by Carlos Zamora on 29th May 2014

"Katya's Memorial Service and Funeral were recorded to be shared with her ill mother and with friends all over the world who could not attend. Here are the final links to both the funeral service and the Memorial Service. I am deeply thankful to Eric Lagerlof ( Papaw Eric ) for all the work he put into getting these videos done and online and also to everyone that helped in so many ways during the last day.

Funeral Service:


Memorial Service:


This tribute was added by Sarah Johnson on 28th May 2014

"It is hard to capture the feelings in words.  Katya was a true friend-one who accepted everyone with love, humor, tears, and truth.  To have known her since the 80's when we were junior youth and youth and to have been in touch in the last year has been a gift. At Green Acre, she would stand in the doorway between the registration/sitting area and the dining hall, grinning, and I would run to her and stand under her wing.  Katya was/is a pure soul, full of love and humor-she radiated love and humor on this earthly plane, and she must be radiating it just as much or so much more in the one that is veiled to our sight.  She is a gift and is in our thoughts and prayers.   Love."

This tribute was added by Carlos Zamora on 28th May 2014

"Katya's memorial service was also recorded to be shared with her ill mother and friends from all over the world who could not be there.  The link is:

This tribute was added by Carlos Zamora on 26th May 2014

"Katya had many friends all over the world.  I have gotten messages and talked to friends who could not be with us in person during these days.  Particularly, her mother could not come all the way to California due to her own health but wanted to see the funeral and the memorial service.  We will be uploading the memorial service to share with the friends soon.  Meanwhile, the funeral ceremony can be found at:


This tribute was added by Erika Batdorf on 21st May 2014

"I am a bit speechless still from Katya's passing. Relieved that she is free of so many burdens that most of us could never have borne with such humour and grace. She is likely dancing and singing with so many people she loved and cared for as they were passing, so many people who will be so glad to see her... and so sad that I will not be with her there. I miss her so much right now, even as she is ever by my side now. I can see the party in my mind, Queen on a well lit stage, minions adorning her with lighted garlands, an endless line of dance partners, loud music - sometimes gorgeous, sometimes tacky, a really bad comedian, so bad he is brilliant, and makes us all double over with painful ridiculous laughter, retelling all her jokes, her insanely contagious smile... I am so happy she is there and so sad that I cannot see what the party really looks like! May we all pray for her endlessly, as she deserves our deepest and most sincere prayers as she sails her way through to mysterious light... Katya... one day, when I get there, I want you at my party..."

This tribute was added by Rebecca Passa on 21st May 2014

"I have no words for you that are adequate, Katya.  On the story page here, I left just a snapshot in time.  I wish I could remember more of your jokes, but maybe it is fitting that the one about running around in circles always stuck in my mind.  I'm sure that's what I'm doing.

And your response:  "Shut up, or I'll nail your other foot to the floor."
<3 <3"

This tribute was added by kathy Gray on 20th May 2014

"i was saddened to hear of
Katya's passing.  It has been many,many years since we have seen each other, but a special memory of dear Katya was when I was student teacher in her Marks Meadow Kindergarten class.  I so clearly remember, even then, her bubbly laughter, her beautiful curls and her eager calls for Ms. Bitz and Ms. Kenney to show or tell us something!  A special lady. . . you will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Mandana Tarr on 20th May 2014

"I first met Katya at a BNASAA retreat at Bosch Baha'i School in Santa Cruz. What would forever be our inside joke was that I spent the first night throwing pillows at her in hopes of stopping her snoring! She was a beautiful combination of impish humor and fiery sincerity. She worked tirelessly to ensure others had a safe place to share and heal. She taught us to have faith and trust that funds would flow, and that those who needed to be at a BNASAA event should take steps in that faith. It always worked out. Once I visited her in her apartment, and I came across a prayer book, it was a special collection that I had seen and admired before. I said, "Oh, I love this prayer book, I've always wanted to have one of these." Right then and there, she inscribed a loving tribute in the inside cover, and it was mine. That epitomizes the giving spirit of this living sacrifice of a person. Godspeed dear sister!!"

This tribute was added by Linda Leeb on 20th May 2014

"A unique person with a big heart, a sharp mind, and a beautiful soul. And a truly wicked sense of humor."

This tribute was added by Janelle Lowe on 19th May 2014

"Sweet, funny Katya, always with a silly joke and a flamboyant style!   You are missed.   Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Karen Turner on 19th May 2014

"Dearest Katya! You are missed so much! Dear soul, loving prankster and punster.
Who you are made all of us better people.
We love you. I love you.
Blessing to you, my dearest one."

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