Obituary: Catherine M. Streifel

Catherine M. Streifel, 60, of Lafayette, Indiana, formerly of Minnewaukan, ND, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021. She is the daughter of Paul and Irene Streifel of Minnewauken.

Catherine graduated from Minnewauken High School in 1978. She attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota and Majored in Social Work and a MA in Sociology. She attended Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania and received a PhD in Sociology.

She served on the faculty at Purdue University as a Professor of Sociology.  She received a degree in counseling and a MA and PhD in Psychology.

She was employed at Valley Oaks Health in Lafayette as a Psychologist.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Irene. She is survived by her father, Paul who resides in Minnewauken, brothers Steven, of Grand Forks; David (Ellen Broden) of Rochester, MN; Roger, of Bismark; sister Debra (Streifel) Harper, of Minnewauken; nephew Dan Streifel of Rochester, MN; nieces Erica (Matt) Grustafan; and Nikki (Hunter) Heringer of Minneanpolis-St. Paul area.

Cathy is most remembered as being a happy, loving, compassionate, empathetic person who always put others ahead of herself. She was always traveling back to North Dakota and also tourist areas in the United States and other countries. One of her hobbies was to take as many pictures as possible while on vacation and post them on Facebook, etc.

She spent a lot of time with several close-knit friends attending concerts, plays, theatres and restaurants.

She was famously named “Crazy Cat Lady” as she loved cats tremendously and her cats were like her children.

A private graveside family service will be held at a later date.

Posted online on February 18, 2021