Katherine 'Katie' Mikatich Kochevar, 94, passed away in her home October 4, 2012. Katie was born a few minutes after Christmas Day in 1917 to Nicholas and Frances (Bukovac) Mikatich in Pueblo, Colo. Katie was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Edward J. 'Roy' Kochevar and her daughter, Mary Frances Miller. Also preceded by brothers, Nick, Joe ('Muss'), Bill, and Bud; sisters, Frances Kamby and Helen. Katie is survived by daughters, Kathy and Judy; sister-in-law, Rose Mikatich; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. She graduated in 1936 with honors from Pueblo Central High School. During World War II, Katie worked for the War Department at the Pentagon and in Cleveland at White Motor Company. She returned to Pueblo in 1946 and that year won a slogan contest sponsored by the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Her winning entry was 'Visit Pueblo--Pacemaker of the West.' Katie was an active member of St. Mary's School PTA and served as a room mother every year. For many years, Katie sang in various choirs at St. Mary's and continued to serve her church until age 92. She also was a lifetime member and auditor of KSKJ Immaculate Conception Lodge #7 and the Slovenian Union of America #3. In 2007, Katie was honored as St. Mary's Church Mother of the Year and in 2009 as the local Slovenian Union Mother of Year. Katie was fascinated with travel her entire life. She and her family enjoyed many trips together. Katie visited 47 states (including Hawaii) and took extensive trips to Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. Katie's other interests included baking, reading, dancing with her husband, visiting with family, friends and neighbors. She was a 'mom's mom' and her effervescent spirit will be greatly missed by her children and all who knew her. Katie's memorial Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at St. Mary's Church, 307 E. Mesa, with the Rev. Fr. Ben Bacino as celebrant. Private inurnment at a later date. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. It was our privilege to know and see Katherine as a patient and friend. Her kindness and grace was exhibited in everything she did and towards everyone she knew. The love her children had for her was an example of the love she unconditionally gave to them and others. We will all miss her and remember Katherine as an angel walking the earth. God bless this wonderful family and heaven is lucky to have received this beautiful lady.

  2. Dear Judy and Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss of your mom and very dear friend. Our prayers are with you and we hope the wonderful memories provide comfort forever. Our Love, Dave & Fe Ana Balsick

  3. Dearest Kathy and Judy and Family,
    Heartfelt condolences to you and yours. Kathy, we often shared stories about the wonderful blessing of having the parents we did, who were wonderful role models, citizens and the essence of why these were called, “The Greatest Generation.” We are who we are because of them and being blessed beyond words by wonderful parents and family is something that will never depart from us. You will always be the beauty, strength, courage, wisdom and spirit of your parents. May you find great comfort and reassurance in all that your sweet mother and wonderful daddy passed on to you. They are never really gone from us – and they are most certainly never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss and sorrow. I pray for the day when the smiles and sweet memories return without the heartache. God bless and comfort you.
    With sincerity,
    Lois Conatore

  4. Kathy & Judy,
    Aunt Katie was a wonderful person.
    She will be greatly missed and remembered always.
    Our Sympathy, Judy & Barbara

  5. I’ll always remember you as an elegant, gracious lady that had a zest for life and truly enjoyed her family and friends. Rest in peace Mrs. Kochevar.

  6. Rest in peace Aunt K.T. You will be missed.

    In Loving Memory,

    Luanne, Bill, Davinya and Billy

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