Catherine “Kate” Ross, 58 of Valparaiso, IN, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2023. She was born December 17, 1964, in Chicago, IL, to William and Barbara (Hurtis) McCormack. Kate made her career as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Northwest Indiana, and was a member of the NWI Realtors Association. She was also a member of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, and enjoyed shopping, trips to the beach, and all things flamingo. Above all, Kate was a loving and devoted wife and mother, who loved spending time with her family and supporting her children’s high school tennis careers. Kate will be remembered for her vibrant and outgoing personality. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
On August 15, 1998, in Carmel, IN, Kate married the love of her life, Phil Ross, who survives, along with their children: Marissa Ann Ross, Spencer Z. Ross, and Preston C. Ross; her mother, Barbara McCormack; and her stepmother, Sharon McCormack. She was preceded in death by her father, William McCormack.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CT), at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Road, Valparaiso, IN, with a funeral service beginning at 3:00 p.m. (CT) In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family for the education of Kate’s children at 


I am so heart broken and at a loss for words. She was a sweetie! The girls group will miss her tremendously. Miss her smile, conversation, and laughs. Hugs and prayers to the family. -Dawn Lundy 

My sincere condolences to all. Kate was a wonderful friend and I will miss her dearly. -Dani Anderson

We will always love and hold Mimi close to our heart as she was such a huge part of our family in Indianapolis. Our prayers are with Phil and their children. -The Longardners 

Sweet Catherine, my childhood friend and neighbor, was sandwiched in age between my baby sister and me. We would pretend to drive the car, have lemonade stands, and chase fire flies. Our childhood was innocent. Her laughter was big, her heart open, and friendship was a treasure. Our mothers were best friends. Their guidance and love of life helped our journey. Kate, we love you and know the angels in Heaven welcome you. Hug Bethie for us. -Clare McDivit-Mark 

Phil, Preston and Spencer, and Barbara, I’m so sorry to hear about this. I’ve loved Kate since I was a little girl, and I’m heartbroken to hear I’ll never get to hear her beautiful laugh again. I love all of you too! (As a reminder, since we don’t get to meet up often, I’m Barbara’s cousin’s Nancy’s 2nd daughter.) -Sharon Isley 

I’m heartbroken to hear the news of “Mimi Kate” as my brother and I called her growing up. She was our nanny for years as a kid and always made life so fun and happy. I later got to be a mommy’s helper for her with Preston and she was so happy to be a mom. We had the best time going on walks and going shopping. Truly the brightest light taken waaaay too soon. I loved her so much. Sending so much love to her family and sweet Bar-bar. -Caitlyn Collins (Murt) 

You brought so much love and laughter, my dear. I will miss you. -Sharon McCormack 

Dear Phil and Family, Please except our deepest sympathy for your tremendous loss. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers and you navigate through this difficult time. Your family at Ellas Construction Co., Inc. -Marty, Pearl, Kathy

Ross Family, Our deepest condolences. Kate was our Realtor and a great person to call friend. May the Lord console you all in your time of grief. -Scott, and Michelle Smith 

I am very sorry for your loss, and will keep you all in my prayers. I was proud to know Kate, and thought she was a wonderful person. It came as a shock to learn of her passing, and I know heaven has gained a new angel....... -MICHAEL SPUDIC 

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