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“I do not even know what to say. Pam, and family, prayer and love. Holly ”
1 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“You will be missed. My condolences to cats family . ”
2 of 34 | Posted by: Adam Presnell - Wheatfield, IN

“My heart goes out to my friend Pam and all the family and friends of Cat. May the Lord bless and comfort all of you. I pray that God welcome Cat into...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Suzanne Hubinger - Crown point, IN

“I didn't know Cat, but I do know Annie. I grew up in the same neighborhood!!! My heart breaks for the whole family at this time!! I will continue to...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Erica Ragan - Cedar Lake, IN

“Saddened to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
5 of 34 | Posted by: Debbie Hall - Lowell, IN

“Please accept my sincere sympathy to the family. I didn't know Cat, but unfortunately I know the pain and loss of a child to drug addiction. I was...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Ruth Deweese - Cedar Lake, IN

“This is so sad.I did not know Cat and when i saw this on fb and read what a beautiful soul she was my heart was broken.Cat was only one year older...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Flora Howard McCollum - IN

“Dear Pam and Annie, I did not know Cat, but I once worked with both of you. I am so sorry for your loss and I've been praying for you and your...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Ruth Wisinski

“I'm so sorry I did not know your daughter but I also lost my son last summer of the same diease. May they both find peace. Your Obituary touched my...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: Kathy - Crown Point, IN

“It's so painful to lose a loved one, especially one so young. My heartfelt condolences to those she left behind. I imagine beautiful Cat continuing...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Just Me - IN

“I never had the pleasure of ever meeting your daughter. Her obituary touched me, as I had lost my Lil Sister in 2008.I'm so sincerely sorry for your...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: J k - IN

“I am so sorry for your loss. I know this is a very hard time, but know she is free from all that burdened her. She will always be with you, just in a...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Christine Damm - Momence, IL

“I didn't know Catherine, but I'm sure i know people who did. I commend her family for honoring her with this truthful obituary. So often when young...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Patricia Sebella - Crown Point, IN

“I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I do not know you personally, but I am a friend of a friend that knows you. Drug addiction is such a horrible...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Patty Zulfer - Mountain Home, AR

“I didn't know Cat, but I lost a son also, and I will be praying both for Cat and her family. She is flying with angels, please know this. ”
15 of 34 | Posted by: Deborah Lewis - Corpus Christi, TX

“My deepest sympathy to you and all of yours. May God Bless you and be with you during this time of sorrow and need. ”
16 of 34 | Posted by: Sandra Buckley - Cedar Lake, IN

“Pam and Dave,so sorry for your loss ,thinking of you with heavy hearts. Laurie and Ralph. ”
17 of 34 | Posted by: Laurie Ludwig - Crown point, IN

“'CAT' was my daughters best friend.I have known her ever since she was in middle school.She was always sweet,kind,loving,and respectfull to me no...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Clara Paliouras - Crown Point, IN

“I grew up bowling with Cat. I remember getting the suprise text messages at 11 at night just to say Love You Sis. The last couple years we made plans...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Stepheney Hall - Dwight, IL

“So sorry for yr loss, she was such a sweet person and that laugh of hers got me everytime!!!!!! R.I.P. Cat :( <3 ”
20 of 34 | Posted by: Tonya Collins - Pierceton, IN

“Dear Pam and family,I was so sorry to learn of the loss of your beloved daughter Catherine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, ...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Laura & Leven Hoover - Coworker

“Prayers for your family. So sorry for your loss. ”
22 of 34 | Posted by: Dawn Risner - Wheatfield, IN

“No words will make your loss any less painful. Just know there are people who are here to listen if you need them. My deepest condolences to your...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Betsy - South Haven, IN - friend

“So sorry for your loss. Cat had the biggest smile. ”
24 of 34 | Posted by: Bridget Beagle - Acquaintance

“Cat we hope you have the the peace you needed in heaven. You are missed so much already, but will never be forgotten! You are my new star in the sky...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Sue Starrick - Cedar Lake, IN

“I didn't know Cat but I know Annie from school. I really dont know what to say except sorry for your loss and that seems so mondaine. Thank you for...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: Jennifer Boyer -Nizinski - IN

“Cat,you were such a cute sweet gal when you where a child. You grew up into a beautiful young lady. You had so much going for you. So many family and...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Lina Thomas - Crown point, IN

“We are saddened by the los of your daughter, you should rest assured your lovely Catherine is flying beside all the angels in heaven! ”
28 of 34 | Posted by: Dean & Nancy Ebben - Neenah, WI

“My heart goes out to you all. Praying for all of you. Katy Karelis and sons ”
29 of 34 | Posted by: Katy Karelis - Monticello, KY

“Dave and Pam, I am so very sorry to hear the sad news. ”
30 of 34 | Posted by: Denise Savage - Poway, IN

“So sorry for your loss,Im sure Cat is at peace no more struggling.Remember you all did everything to help her.I hope you find peace too,love always...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: Jeannie Magnant - Cedar Lake, IN

“So sorry for your loss. ”
32 of 34 | Posted by: dorothy eich - lowell, IN

“My deepest condolences Altop family. ”
33 of 34 | Posted by: Melissa WHEELER - Flippen, GA

“Cat this still seems so unreal. You were such a beautiful girl. And I know you meant well and wanted so hard to be able to do the right thing. But...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Chrissy Kelley - Groveport, OH


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Catherine Louise Altop, age 32, of Cedar Lake lost her long battle with drug addiction on March 24th. Cat is survived by her loving parents, David and Pamela Altop; sister, Annie Rekitzke (Christopher); nephews, Christopher and Carter; nieces, Ally and Ashley; godparents, Cindy Hlad and Mark Altop; many aunts, uncles and cousins. All of which loved her deeply.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Sam and Vi Giarraputo, Berkley and Louise Altop; uncle, Sam Giarraputo and uncle, Bruce Kozlowski.
Friends may meet with the family on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Burdan Funeral Home 12901 Wicker Ave, Cedar Lake. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 pm with Fr. Ed Tlucek, O.F.M. officiating.
Cat had the loudest laugh and biggest smile in the room. Her presence was warm and full of life. She loved to cook and feed; she made the best fettuccine alfredo. She was a light in the darkest of times, but Cat had her demons. She struggled with drug addiction for nearly a decade, going to both rehab and jail in her journey. Ultimately it took her life. We want everyone to remember Cat before her drug addiction, and to let her life be an example to those that are struggling. Cat was loved by many and she will be missed by us all. We pray that she has found peace and is flying with angels instead of battling with her demons. In lieu of flowers donations to the family will be greatly appreciated.