Catalina Josefa Mercedes Gordillo passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the tender age of 20 due to vascular complications of her Lupus in the same hospital where she was born on April 30, 1992 (Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL). Catalina graduated from Barbara Goleman Senior High School in June 2011. She married Derek Gordillo, her high school sweetheart, in February 2012. They spent nearly five years together. Catalina was a devoted wife, daughter, granddaughter and sister who loved to laugh and spend time with friends and family. She will always be remembered for her love of animals, her beautiful smile and strong spirit. She is survived by her husband, Derek Gordillo, her parents, Claudia Barinas and Ruben Figueroa, her siblings, Angel and Cristian, and loving grandparents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her beloved Negra who just had 5 puppies. Catalina has joined in eternal rest her beloved son, who she lost prematurely, and maternal grandmother who cherished her. The viewing will be held overnight Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 6 pm to 2:30 pm at the Funeraria Memorial Plan San Jose, located at 250 E 4th Ave, Hialeah, Florida 33010, tel. (305) 887-9830. The burial will take place Friday, 2:30PM at Vista Memorial Gardens Cemetery located at 14200 NW 57th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33014. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations in her honor to Lupus Foundation of America, Southeast Florida Chapter.
Published in Miami Herald on Jan. 11, 2013