Katarina Marie Goitz

  • Born: January 17, 1994
  • Died: June 24, 2019
  • Location: Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

Wujek - Calcaterra & Sons

36900 Schoenherr Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Tel. (586) 826-8550

Tribute & Message From The Family

Goitz, Katarina M.
MISS KATARINA GOITZ Age 25 died on the morning of June 24th in Chicago in a motor vehicle accident. Beloved only daughter of Henry Goitz and Lorraine Armstrong. Sister of Ensign Dylan Goitz (US Navy). Born 1994 in Detroit, MI, attended Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Academy, University Liggett high school (where she became fluent in Spanish thanks to Doctora Emory), and graduate of the University of Notre Dame (Chinese major, Economics Minor). Received Master's Degree in Theology also from the University of Notre Dame. Worked as youth minister, through the Notre Dame ECHO program for 2 years in a Hispanic community in Houston, and then began her first job in August 2018 as a youth minister, with Holy Family Parish in Galveston, Texas. She touched countless lives throughout her brief time in this world as others witnessed her honesty, purity, holiness, gentleness, generosity, kindness, service, caring and love to all! She was passionate about her faith, and found her peace in being in the presence of the Lord. She cared deeply for the unborn, human trafficking, prison ministry, and bringing others to God. She loved Irish dance, Texas 2 stepping, dancing at the Backer at Notre Dame, and caring for her pet cat Snickers, dog Cora, and hermit crab Penelope who is now 6 years old.
KATARINA'S MESSAGE TO US ALL: taken from 'Faith ND Reflection' (August 26, 2016), written by Katarina, on New Testament parable scripture passage (Matthew 25:1-12):
"… I need to focus on how I'm living today and not wait for a later day to make more time for God. It can't wait because I will 'KNOW NEITHER THE DAY NOR THE HOUR'…We know that death is inevitable, but do not know when it will come…What are our relationships like with friends and family? Do we strive to treat them with the love and patience that God would have? Are we spending enough quality time with God and others? Is prayer time pushed aside until bedtime when we are overwhelmed with school, work, or other activities?
Instead of despairing with the thought that we have no time, we simply need to create time intentionally and include God throughout our day with more constant communication"… this passage is a great wake up call to be more disciplined and wise in our everyday life… we need to prepare."
Visitation: Friday, July 5, 4-8 pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons 36900 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48312 (Metro Parkway, 16 mile) 586-826-8550.
Words and Reflections Written by Katarina 7 pm.
(Please also bring written memories and/or stories of Katarina to be posted on bulletin board and then saved and compiled in book for Goitz family-– if unable to attend, please send: hgoitz1@gmail.com)

Funeral: Saturday, July 6, 9-10 am Visitation, 10 am Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford St, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.
Will lay to rest: Monday, July 8, 1 pm Cedar Grove Cemetery, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.
Our beloved Katarina was uniquely gifted with joy in her vocation as a Youth Minister, a joy that shown unstoppably outward onto everyone who encountered her, most especially her students. So that we may all take part in continuing to encourage the joyful education of young people, on behalf of Katarina, donate to: Katarina Goitz Memorial Fund,
Holy Family Parish - Youth Ministry Program
1010 35th St,
Galveston, TX 77550
Local Lodging (let hotel know in town for Katarina for bereavement rate): Hampton Inn, 33680 Gratiot Road, Clinton Township, MI 48035. Phone: 586-792-1500. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" @ WujekCalcaterra.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My name is Sarah Krug and I am a friend of Katarina's from Notre Dame. I joined the Big Sister/Little Sister program in Breen-Phillips Hall my senior year and was lucky enough to be paired with Katarina as my "little sister". As I got to know her over the course of the year, I discovered that she was one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I have ever met. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

Posted by Sarah Krug - Kettering, OH - Friend   October 05, 2019

I had the pleasure of traveling with Katarina and her Aunt Darlene in 2007 to South Dakota. She impressed me immediately as a thoughtful and intelligent young lady. I was saddened to hear of her tragic passing but her light shined brightly in this world and she will not be forgotten by those whose lives she touched with her kindness.

Mark Bradley
Travel Writer

Posted by Mark Bradley - Chillicothe, IL - Acquaintance   September 12, 2019

Hello, I am Carol S. Borne, grandmother of one of Katarina's confirmation class students with Holy Family Parish. From time to time, I would chat with Katarina regarding the classes and events for the students. Katarina always made great remarks to me about my granddaughter, and would pick her as one the students to represent our parish for different events through out the year. This made me very proud, as I have raised my granddaughter Devon Sendejas since birth. We are so happy to have met her and so sad about her departure. We are comforted knowing she is in the arms of Our Lord. You have an exceptional daughter, beautiful inside and out! I thank her in my prayers, for always thinking of my beautiful granddaughter as she always did, along with several other students in her class. May god bless your family always.

Posted by Carol Sendejas Borne - Galveston, TX - friend   August 13, 2019


My Deepest Sympathy to Henry and the Goitz Family. There are no words that can describe the pain of the loss of a child. May God be with you always.

Posted by Joseph Guglielmo - Woodhaven, NY   August 05, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Goitz and Armtrong families. Love to all.

Posted by Robin Leach-Lakin - San Diego, CA - Family Friend   July 14, 2019


I still can't believe she is gone. My heart and prayers go out to Katarina's Family. Thank you for sharing your Angel with us all, the world is a better place because she touched all of our lives.

Posted by Carla Cortez - Houston, TX - Friend   July 09, 2019

Goitz Family, you are in our thoughts through this terrible time. We are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by ACL Research Team - Warren, MI - Coworker   July 08, 2019

Words can't explain how deeply sorry we are for the loss of your dear Katarina. Caity and I send our deepest sympathies. The Russell's

Posted by Cheri Russell - st. clair shores, MI - Neighbor   July 07, 2019

Katarina was such a kind and sweet soul who lived life with great exuberance and joy! She loved Irish step dancing and danced so beautifully for the Detroit St Patrick's Parade Mass. I served as a judge when Katarina competed to represent the Irish Community in the Court of St. Bridget. I remember I pinched myself in a vain effort to stop my tears when she talked so poignantly about the importance of faith in her life. That she chose to tell us about her love of God during this competition so deeply touched me and others that night. She loved representing the Irish community in the Court of St. Bridget, and she did so with such pride and enthusiasm. What a gift she was to us here on earth and she will no doubt enrich the heavens with her joyful presence!

Lorraine, Henry and Dylan, we are so deeply sorry for your loss and will keep you in our prayers.

Anne White O'Hara, Pat, Julia and Tom O'Hara

Posted by Anne, Pat, Julia and Tom O'Hara - Grosse Pointe Park, MI - Friend   July 06, 2019

I ache with lorraine and henry. She grew up to be a very special and wonderful person. the world shines a little bit more because she was here.

Posted by Larry Gant - Canton, MI - Friend   July 06, 2019

She was such a joy to her parents, and a beautiful spirit. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My prayers to Lorraine Henry and Dylan, as well as to their families. Love, Kathleen Sullivan Sealey (friend) Miami, Fl

Posted by Kathleen Sealey - Miami, FL   July 05, 2019

Siento un gran dolor por tu partida de este mundo, te extrañaré por siempre. Desde que te conocí sentí una presencia angelical por tu forma de ser tan dulce por tu gran amor a Dios en todas tus acciones. Katarina no será fácil regresar a nuestra oficina que compartimos juntas, habrá un gran vacío es muy difícil pensar que ya no estarás ahí querida amiga. También extrañaré a tu gatito Snickers que con mucho gusto te lo cuidadaba. Rezo por tu alma que goces la presencia de Dios nuestro Señor. También por tus padres y tu hermano para que Dios les de la fortaleza y el consuelo que necesitan en este momento.
Te quiero my girl descansa en paz.

It deeply pains me to think about your leaving this world, I'll miss you forever. Since the first time I met you I felt an angelic presence from your sweet way of being, and your profound love of God. Katarina, it won't be easy returning to our shared office; there will be a great absence reminding me of that you won't be there anymore, dear friend. I'll also miss your gatito Snickers that I loved caring for. I pray that your soul will enjoy the presence of God, our lord; also, for your parents and brother, that God gives them the strength and consolation they need at this moment. I love you my girl, rest in peace.

Posted by Ana Boleman - Galveston, TX - Coworker   July 05, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Katarina's death. She was a special person. I will always cherish fond memories of her.

Posted by Terry Joiner - Ann Arbor, MI - Friend   July 05, 2019

Henry, Lorraine and Dylan, My heart breaks for you so much! It is because I knew how much love she has for you and will continue to have. I am so grateful that I had a small bit of time in her life because she touched me so deeply with her spirituality and grace. She is our angel who walked among us but ever so close to the angels and saints in heaven. God bless you and keep you close to Him.

Posted by Michelle Laboe - Grosse Pointe, MI - Friend   July 05, 2019

Henry, Lorraine and Dylan - So sorry to hear about Katarina. What a faithful young women who was overflowing with love. She has touched and enriched so many lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Randy and Pam Rennpage - Grosse Pointe Woods, MI - Friend   July 05, 2019

Henry Lorraine and Dylan
Your precious pearl is in the arms of our loving mother Mary and her son Jesus !!
It seems God calls the sweetest flowers from the garden first sometimes
You as parents do an amazing job and her life lives on in all she touched
Please know you and your family are so loved by this community at Star
Don't ever hesitate to reach out when you need us

Posted by Mariann Bolton - Grosse pointe shores, MI - Friend   July 05, 2019

University Liggett Schoo class of 2012. Katarina received the top award of her grade for excellence in everything. She continued on to touch many lives with kindness and compassion. Chris, Nina and Matthew will miss her dearly, and will always be in our hearts as we pray for your family.
Rest In Peace beautiful angel.

Posted by Riva Monsour - Saint Clair Shores, MI - Friend   July 04, 2019

Dr Armstrong, Dr Goitz , Dylan I Can't Imagine What You're Going Through Now I Can However Offer You My Prayers And Sympathy My Son (Kelton Verble) And I Had The Honor And Privileged To Know Your Beautiful Katarina She Brought Sunshine To Everyone I First Met Her At Grosse Pointe Academy I Some How Knew She Was Special She And Kelton Graduated From Liggett High School In 2012 I Love Her Letter And It Has Me Reassessing My Daily Time With Our GOD I Promise To Do Better Thank You Katarina

Posted by Tina Verble - Detroit, MI - Friend   July 03, 2019

I remember Katarina singing at her Grandfathers Funeral Mass at Star/Sea. I had the honor of being the SUB Organist of the day. She sang wonderfully and it was my last time with her. Lovely conversation with a very special young lady. Don Kukier

Posted by Donald Kukier - Ferndale, MI - friend   July 03, 2019

Henry, Lorraine, Dylan It was with deep sadness that I learned of Katarina's passing. She was delightful and funny and taken from us to soon. My prayers and thoughts are with you always.

Posted by Patricia Donowski - Ridgewood, NY - family   July 02, 2019

Dr.Goitz, Dr.Armstrong and Dylan, it has been over a week now and I still am having a hard time believing your beautiful daughter and sister is gone. My heart is heavy with sadness for you all. Although I hadn't seen her in quite some time, I will always remember babysitting her when she was just a little baby with that curly hair. I loved watching her. She was a sweet little girl. I will cherish those memories always. May God guide you and give you strength in this time of deep sorrow. I know Katarina is up in heaven looking down upon you with deep love. You gave her a beautiful life. Xoxo

Posted by Michele Maggio - St. Clair shores, MI - Family Friend   July 02, 2019

We are so very saddened to hear about your loss. What a gift Katarina was to us all. We will be forever grateful for her light and example of faith, which she shared with our youth. Eternal rest grant unto her, o Litd, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May You feel the loving arms of Jesus & Mary surrounding you now & in the months ahead.

Posted by Kathleen Bucher - Houston, TX - Acquaintance   July 02, 2019

My God be with her family and friends. I pray that they have a peace of mind with blessing from the Lord.

Posted by Yvonne Chism - CALUMET CITY, IL   July 01, 2019


Lorraine and Henry and Dylan,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Wish we could make it over. I wish we could have known her- she sounds like a bit of her parents! Hugs and love to all!
Jane and Steve Byrd

Posted by Jane and Steve Byrd - Chippewa Falls, WI - Friend   July 01, 2019

"It is hard to believe that anyone could live a more SAINTLY life here on earth than did KATARINA. Surely she is now a SAINT and we can talk to her at any time. Her SPIRIT is with us forever. We love you KATARINA. Momma Ann, Grand Dad, and Warren Armstrong."

Posted by Grand Dad & Momma Ann - Waynesville, NC - Grandparent   July 01, 2019

In loving memory of a beautiful soul, Katarina Marie Goitz. You truly made a huge impact in my life that I will never forget. Heaven has gained a beautiful kind hearted angel. I'll always have you in my heart. I love you! My prayers go out to the Goitz family, God Bless.

Posted by Andrea Lopez Trejo - Galveston, TX - Student   June 30, 2019

Henry, Lorraine and Dylan,
We are so sorry for your loss. Katarina was a sweet, loving person who touched everyone with whom she came in contact. May your beautiful memories of her sustain you now, in your bereavement, and in the future as you work to understand this tragedy. We know Katarina will be a part of you always, and fill you with the strength to lighten your burden and fill you with hope and a loving heart.

With our deepest sympathy and loving prayers,
Peter and Linda Tolias

Posted by Peter ToIas - Kewadin, MI - Friend   June 29, 2019

Even though Katarina was a year older than me in high school, she was always so sweet, kind and helpful towards me. I will always remember sitting with Katarina, my sister Laura and their friends at lunch and laughing constantly. Katarina has the most joyful smile. I look forward to seeing it again one day. Praying for peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding.

Posted by Kiristin Schick - Utica, MI - Classmate   June 29, 2019

I am so very sorry for your great loss. You can be assured she is in heaven with the Lord.We should all strive to live like Katarina.May God Bless the Goitz family.

Posted by Michelle Beeler - MI   June 28, 2019

Katarina was a saint on earth for all to witness. She is now home and she lives on in the lives of all those she touched here on earth. I will be forever grateful that she came into my life albeit too briefly.

Posted by Dan Saracino - Granger, IN - Friend   June 28, 2019

Henry,Lorraine and Dylan, my heart breaks for your loss. Katarina was such a beautiful person. When she traveled with us to various Feisanna,Katarina was a joy to be with. Her enthusiasm and smile filled the space. It sure sucks

Posted by Bill Cahalan - Royal Oak, MI - Friend   June 28, 2019


To the Goitz family - "blessed are they who mourn - for they shall be comforted" May God bless you all now.

Posted by alice hadrich - North Branch, MI - Coworker   June 28, 2019

Henry Lorraine I am so sorry for your loss

Posted by Eduardo Jonas - Harrison Township, MI - Friend   June 28, 2019

Dear parents, family and friends of Katarina Goitz,

On behalf of the Notre Dame Club of Detroit, please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved Katarina. May the soul of Katarina be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

John Fitzpatrick
President, Notre Dame Club of Detroit

Posted by John Fitzpatrick - Livonia, MI - Classmate   June 27, 2019

My deepest condolences to you at this time of deepest despair. I've been praying for your family all week and will support you any way I can. God speed.

Posted by Steven Karageanes - Beverly Hills, MI - Friend   June 27, 2019


To Dr.Armstong & Dr. Goitz my prayers are with you and your family
Kim Thomas (Pierson Clinic)

Posted by Kimberly Thomas - Detroit, MI - Coworker   June 27, 2019

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In loving memory of a beautiful soul, Katarina Marie Goitz. You truly made a huge impact in my life that I will never forget. Heaven has gained a beautiful kind hearted angel. I'll always have you in my heart. I love you! My prayers go out to the Goitz family, God Bless.
A beautiful kind hearted soul. I love you Katarina!
University Liggett Schoo class of 2012. Katarina received the top award of her grade for excellence in everything. She continued on to touch many lives with kindness and compassion. Chris, Nina and Matthew will miss her dearly, and will always be in our hearts as we pray for your family. Rest In Peace beautiful angel.