With profound sadness we announce the passing of Catherine Genelle (Gerber) Chittick, age 70. Cathy left us peacefully on September 13, 2020 following a brave battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
A resident of Cocoa Beach since 1985, Cathy was born on November 5, 1949 in Bloomington, Indiana to Joseph and Garland (Chaudion) Gerber. She was a graduate of St. John Catholic School (elementary) and Tipton High School in Tipton, IN. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Cathy worked as the Director of Business Development at Luke and Associates in Rockledge, FL. She was a woman of unshakable conviction and integrity who was loved and admired by all who knew and worked with her.
Cathy is survived by her loving husband Carl Chittick. She was the devoted mother of Nicholas Chittick, Robert Chittick, Virginia DaCosta (Russell), Joshua Chittick (Anna) and Lisa Dodson. She was the proud grandmother of David Chittick, Kinsey Hibler, Noah Chittick, Ashley DaCosta, Tyler DaCosta, Addison DaCosta, Connor Chittick, Amy Riggle, Michael Kurdziolek, and Kristopher Kurdziolek. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Gerber.
Cathy lived a fun and adventurous life traveling around the world with her beloved sisters Mitzi Brannum, Carolyn Teter, and Cynthia Sequin. Her greatest joys were spent with family and friends traveling to Europe, visiting our National Parks, hiking, biking, sitting with nature, and enjoying life on the water. Since childhood, she also was a prolific reader of all genres and became well versed in Shakespeare. She was rarely without a book nearby.
Memorial services will be held at the Cocoa Beach Community Church 126 S. Atlantic Ave. on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Social distancing and other safety protocols will be in place.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis took our dearest Cathy (“Nell”) before she had the opportunity to see and do all the things she had envisioned. In remembrance of her unfinished life, an expression of sympathy memorial donation may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/PFFTribute/CathyChittick.
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