Catherine Rose Novinski

July 21, 1966March 5, 2019

Catherine Rose Novinski, 52, passed away on Tuesday March 5th, 2019. She was born to Jack and Betty Novinski on July 21st, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan. Catherine married Hector Santiago on July 22nd, 1986, and he survives her.

Catherine worked as a nurses' aid at St. Vincent for a couple of years. She loved to camp with her family at Mississinewa and France Park. She was crafty, talented at crocheting and candle-making. Catherine adored her grandchildren. Catherine was loved and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She leaves behind her husband of 39 years, Hector Santiago; children Aaron Santiago and Andrew "Mikey" (Brittney) Santiago; sisters Cecilia, Delores, Cindy, and Tootie; grandchildren Kaden, Caleb, Brantlee, and Leilen; many nieces and nephews; and beloved dog Nino.

Catherine is preceded in passing by her parents and her brother J.D.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, March 15th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Country Club Hill Park, 1805 South Charles Court, Kokomo, Indiana 46902.


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Julie Tricker

March 15, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know she was this sick. I worked with her at Hills. She was always happy and smiling. Such a sweetheart. My daughter was born at this time. Anytime I was in the store someone always took her. When she was old enough for popcorn and Cathy was there, she would ask her if she had gotten any. She would say no and Cathy would take her to get popcorn and a slushy. She will be missed.

Cathy Santiago

March 8, 2019

Cathy, you are such a beautiful woman inside and out. Please know that you are so near and dear to out hearts everyday here until we meet again, rest easy and rest up. I am going to miss our conversations of complete randomness and laughter. Keep pushing your husband , kids and grandchildren along in their walk and journy thru life. They are going to be needing that. I love you Miss Cathy and until we meet again God Bless.
Love You Dearly,
Christy Sample and Jagger

Casandra Stephens

March 7, 2019

I can't believe this.... Being so far away it was a rough reality check getting this news. The Santiago's have been in my heart for so long now I don't even know where to begin. I practically lived with you guys and she was definitely the sunshine in everyone's day. The talks we used to have together (mostly about love) have still yet to be surpassed by anyone else I know. She was so full of love. Not the kind of love we see daily. Real love. The kind that never faulters no matter what you do, no matter what you've done or your flaws or insecurities... no matter how many miles between you. REAL, raw, unconditional, inconcievable, and irreplaceable love... The kind you only find in a beautiful, confident woman, the best of mother's, and in the kindest, most gentle hearted of people. Last night I was crying, reading through all of our messages and while I have lots of physical memories, I would like to share this one.

She knew I loved the snow. I would always come visit her and dad whenever I could make it to Indiana and it would always snow as I returned home. Almost like I brought it with me, it felt like. Well I couldn't make it this year, like many years before and she went outside and took beautiful pictures of all the snow and sent it to me on Facebook messenger. She said "to my Christmas cuppie cake. We love you baby girl please show these to the babies."

Unfortunately because I don't get to Indiana often as I don't have a lot of extra money she was never able to meet my babies... But that is why this memory is so special and serves her memory so well.
She thought of us... And loved us. Someone she hadn't seen for years.... It didn't matter. She clung to our memories together and loved me whole heartedly... And most of all... She loved my babies too. Without even knowing them. That's how amazing of a woman she was.
That's how you know that God only takes the best, you guys.
I just wish I could have seen her and talked to her one more time.
Love you mama


March 7, 2019

I remember growing up in Detroit during xmas time we would walk about3 blocks to the xmas tree vendor pay him a couple of buck and we picked our own tree out then all 6 of us from the biggest to the littlest would carry the tree home cathy being one of the littlest and always ill mom wouldnt let her go with us but boy you could see her jumping up & down when she spotted us coming down the street ! She always loved xmas💔😢

Marlene Seno

March 6, 2019

I am her cousin I am so sad she was such a good girl. Lots of good memories of when she was little
Love always your cousin Marlene

Gloria Balboni

March 6, 2019

I'm Cathy's oldest sister Gloria and my favorite memory is when I came from Arkansas to visit and she and I sat on the couch in her living room and talked into the wee hours of the morning. We laughed, hugged and it was such a close and heart felt time together. RIP little sister