Catherine Roseann Otten
1981 - 2016
Catherine Roseann Otten (Ryder), 35, of Seattle, passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on December 14, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. Catherine lived life to the fullest, and shared her grace, compassion, courage, confidence and eternal optimism with everyone she encountered.

Catherine was born on August 21, 1981, in Redmond, WA to Gail Ryder and Tracie Hiemstra. She made lifelong friends wherever she went, including Lakeside Middle School in Seattle, and Lake Washington H.S. in Kirkland. She went on to Boston University, majoring in International Relations, and tried not to get into too much trouble with her Sigma Kappa sorority sisters. Nourishing her love to travel, she studied abroad in London, England and, Sydney, Australia. She went on to work at Starbucks for several years, brightening others with her smile, and as a rock climbing belayer at the REI climbing pinnacle at the Seattle flagship store. She obtained her MBA at Seattle University, including completing coursework in the Italian Alps. Finding a career, she put her love of numbers and puzzles to work as a financial analyst for FCS Group in Redmond. In August 2009, Catherine married the love of her life, Matt, in a beautiful ceremony among the trees, cliffs, and wildflowers of Leavenworth, WA. At their home in Maple Leaf, she enjoyed gardening, working on remodeling projects, and cuddling with her affectionate rescue dog, Manny.

Catherine shared her love of nature and adventure with others, and could be found climbing, camping, snowboarding, hiking and floating through wild and scenic landscapes of the Northwest with close friends and family. She was an accomplished rock and mountain climber, having climbed Mt. Rainier along with many other glaciated Cascade peaks. Her extraordinary adventures included a 20-day white water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River with friends, and rock climbing up the Exum Direct Route on the Grand Teton in Wyoming to celebrate her wedding anniversary. While indoors, she enjoyed reading, scrabble, word puzzles and knitting items to give to loved ones. She loved to travel, motoring around the Western U.S. and Canada with Matt and dog Manny in their camping trailer, and other adventurous trips to Europe, Brazil, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Thailand. She was a huge Sounders fan, knew all the chants by heart, and was super excited to attend a recent Sounders practice where she met all the players, and was invited down on the field during a game to celebrate her birthday by her favorite player, Brad Evans. She was immensely proud of her brother David's success as a professional news photographer and deeply admired her step-sister Erin's love and bond with Catherine's new nephew, Carter. She enjoyed helping others through volunteering with the University Foodbank, Hopelink, Camp Goodtimes, Special Olympics, and various other organizations.

Catherine was a devoted spouse, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, and friend. Throughout every struggle, she maintained a fiercely positive spirit and a quiet courage that inspired others. Catherine will be missed tremendously by her family and friends, but her spirit, courage, and compassion for life and others will be with us always and forever.

Catherine is survived by her husband, Matt and their dog, Manny; her mother and step-father, Tracie and Glen Hiemstra; her father and his partner, Gail Ryder and Cheryl Woodring; her brother, David Ryder; and her step-sister and husband, Erin Hiemstra and Chris Wick, and nephew, Carter; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Catherine Roseann Otten (Ryder) Permanent Endowment Account at the Bellevue Rotary Foundation, Hopelink or The Nature Conservancy.

Published by The Seattle Times on Dec. 25, 2016.
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Tracy and family - our hearts are breaking for you. Cat seemed to live and love with a passion and tenderness that will be very much missed in this world. Our love and prayers for you all.
Alisa Pedersen Scott
January 12, 2017
Tracy, David and All,
So incredibly sorry to hear about Catherine's untimely passing. I remember her as such a lovely child, full of ideas and plans. I cannot imagine your sorrow. Please accept our family's sincere condolences.
Bev and Gabriel Doleac
January 7, 2017
I worked with Catherine at FCS GROUP and so enjoyed her laughter and times we shared parts of our life together. Blessings to you Matt and Family.

Thank you Catherine for your friendship.

Kathy Lyons
January 5, 2017
We are so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Catherine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Matt, as well as both families
Tom & Peggy Borgen
January 4, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss; I never knew her but my name is Katherine Roseanne. I saw her notice in the Times and wanted to send my condolences, she sounds like a wonderful person.
Kathy Sanford
December 30, 2016
We are so saddened by the untimely passing of dear Catherine. She was such a kind, wise and courageous young woman, even in the face of her ultimate health challenge.

We hold many fond memories of Catherine from the time of her birth, through her childhood, and as the beautiful young woman that she became. We are attaching a photo of her from her early childhood which captures her indomitable spirit. Her spirit lives on in all of us who were fortunate enough to know her.

We are keeping Catherine and all of her wonderful family in our thoughts and prayers.

Much love,
Suzanne and Bill
Suzanne & Bill Lindberg
December 30, 2016
Catherine was such an inspiration!! Such a beautiful picture imprinted in my memory of her wedding to her beloved Matt!
Sending love and support to all those who cherished her.
Christina McDonald
December 30, 2016
To Matt from your former teacher, Marylee Tyler, I want to express my deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife, Catherine.
December 29, 2016
Becky (Otten) Chuda
December 29, 2016
Our deepest sympathies to the family and, of course, Manny.

Tony & Katie Chace
December 26, 2016
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