August 18, 1956 – March 16, 2021
With her husband and children at her side, our sweet Katherine passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at her home in Evergreen, Colorado. Katherine was tender and loving, forgiving, a caring mother, dog lover, strong with no complaints, and the most loving, giving wife any man could ask for. Katherine’s spirit shined brightly and could light up a room—often entering by announcing her arrival, exclaiming, “♫ dun-da-da-dah! ♫”
She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, by her parents, Anthony and Laura Narwot. She spent time in Houston, Texas, before finally arriving at her true home in Evergreen, in 2008. Katherine spent many summers canoeing the rivers of Michigan and earned her Gold Award in Girl Scouts.
Some of her fondest memories were made with her two sons, Nick (Virginia) and Chris (Kim) Kosicki, especially through their adventures in Boy Scouts. She felt fortunate to meet her first granddaughter in October, Mae Lynn. Mae brought Katherine immense joy over the last six months.
One of the most rewarding and defining moments of her life was completing the Wood Badge Program through Boy Scouts. The tools she acquired during this advanced leadership program stayed with her through the course of her life.
She started working in the mortgage industry when she was only 16 years old. In high school, she enjoyed doing commercial art and did some projects for the Detroit Free Press. As a young adult, Katherine joined the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women, and was elected President. The focus of this national organization was to help people learn skills in the industry, provide scholarships, and host seminars.
She most recently enjoyed her marketing position with Trusan Catering in Evergreen. Katherine was also a treasurer and trustee for the Evergreen Elks Lodge 2363. She loved volunteering her time making sandwiches for Fr. Woody’s Haven of Hope with the wonderful women of Knights of Columbus Cor Mariae at Christ the King Catholic Church, also in Evergreen.
She loved the time spent with her girlfriends on getaway weekends and nights out playing Bunko at Tuscany Tavern. She loved hiking, especially in Rocky Mountain National Park.
In 2010, Katherine found the love of her life, Daniel Venters, of Black Hawk, Colorado, and they married in 2012. Their combined families were a gift to Katherine, including Dan’s children, Josh (Katy) Venters, Rebecca (Shawn) Blondo, and Erin (Christopher) Biery. Daniel and Katherine enjoyed cooking, camping, fishing, volunteering, and growing in their Catholic faith together. Katherine made her famous Galumpkis (Polish stuffed cabbage rolls) for family dinners and enjoyed listening to Dan and his brothers play their guitars on the front porch afterwards.
She was our Wood Badge Warrior who valiantly fought two separate battles with cancer. She loved life—and loved everyone. She will be greatly missed, and lovingly remembered.
A Rosary and Funeral Mass were held March 24-25, in Evergreen at the Christ the King Catholic Church. Her final resting place is at Bear Creek Cemetery in Evergreen. A reception will be scheduled at the Evergreen Elks Lodge for a later date. Donations are being accepted through Go Fund Me to assist with medical expenses, https://gofund.me/aea22d95.
Please pray for the family during this difficult time.