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.