Catherine Paiz

August 1, 1957 - November 14, 2021
Catherine Paiz
Service Date:
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 12:30 PM
Service Location:

Cathedral of the Madeleine

Catherine (Cathy) Paiz was one of four children born to Maxine Pacheco and Julian Paiz on August 1,1957.  She died November 14 peacefully in her sleep at home. Cathy was raised, in Helper, UT

Cathy was currently living in Millcreek, UT. Cathy lived in Birmingham, AL, and Sacramento, and Los Angeles, CA where she lived for a time with her beloved friend of more than 40 years, Yuriiko (Yudi) Hirsch. Though they spoke on a regular basis the last time they saw each other was 2017. They met when they were just 20 years old and were wild and crazy! They were more like sisters than friends.

Cathy attended Notre Dame Catholic School, Carbon High School and College of Eastern Utah, in Price. She received her Associate degree from College of Eastern UT, received her Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and her MBA from there as well in 1999.

Cathy held many jobs throughout her career. She worked at the Carbon Hospital early on in college. Former Director of Marketing for KTVX, Former Director of Market Research at KSL in UT, former Station Programmer at KCAL and KCET in California. She also was former Advertising Sales person at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Currently working as research Analyst for the Utah Department Workforce Services. But the jobs that Cathy loved the most were being a teacher and later Director of the Religious Education program and Girl Scout leader and Director at the Cathedral. Cathy never married or had any children of her own, but all the children that went through her programs became hers! She watched them grow and took pride as any proud parent to see their children succeed! She held or sat on many committees, too numerous to list while as a parishioner at the Cathedral. It was her second home! Cathy had such a love for the Cathedral, not only the beautiful architecture of the building but the people she worked and gathered in communion with and served with. She was a Eucharistic minister and deeply loved her Catholic faith and tried to live by it in her life.

Everyone who knew Cathy knew she could be a bit stubborn and opinionated but we all loved her in spite of it because of her contagious smile and laugh! Cathy loved fishing, camping and in her youth skiing with her cousin Joni, and playing softball. She loved and was very good at wildlife photography as was evident thru her pictures. She also volunteered at the Utah Symphony and Opera and Pioneer Theatre Company at The University of UT.

Her fur babies Juliet and Sophie were her everything as well as her cat “CAT” that she never got around to giving her a name!

Cathy is survived by brother Julian (Erin); Nephews Cameron(Amanda), Garrett, Marcus (Sarah); Nieces Elisha, Andrea, Nicole and Nick; many loving cousins and friends especially Yudi Hirsch, Elaine Kastler, Yolanda Bunderson and Maria Lundskog; your guardian angles as you affectionately called us!

Preceded in death by her parents, sister Debbie, brother Michael and sister in law Sondi.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday November 23 at 12:30 pm Cathedral of the Madeleine, SLC, UT. Committal will be held Wednesday November 24, 11:00am at Price City Cemetery.

Light lunch will be served in basement area of the Cathedral after mass, for family and friends.

Arrangements are being handled by Starks Funeral Parlor, Millcreek, UT,

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Cathy's honor.