Kim Catalano Keliinoi

June 4, 1958 to March 30, 2018

Kim Catalano Keliinoi was born on June 4th, 1958, and died on March 30th, 2018. During the years in between, she lived a beautiful life marked with love and service to others. Kim’s death was sudden and unexpected, the result of a brain injury after a fall 2 months before her 60th birthday. As a lifelong follower of Christ’s teachings, she died in a way that exemplified her selfless love in a characteristically saint-like manner: officially dying on Good Friday, and being kept artificially alive until Easter Sunday, when many of her vital organs could give new life to others in the OR.

Kim was born, raised, and died in San Diego County. However, she did enjoy traveling and was fortunate enough to visit many exciting places in her life including Hawaii, Europe, and more recently, Israel. In February 2018 Kim embarked on a 2-week tour through the Holy Land, visiting many historical sites from the bible, and eventually getting baptized in the River Jordan. This Israel trip had been on Kim’s “bucket list” for many years, and she was thrilled to finally visit and “walk where Jesus walked”. Before getting baptized, she expressed to the pastor that one of her reasons for being re-baptized in the River Jordan was because she wanted to “finish strong”.

She finished very strong, and her absence will be felt by her friends and family for the rest of their lives. She is survived by her 3 adult children, Rachel, Thomas, & Jacob, her brother Alfredo, her ex-husband Tom, her grandson Isaac, and all the other lives she touched so deeply and lovingly over the years.

“Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Kim secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Ultimately Kim concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith.”

Memorial service: Apr 28th, 2018 10am at Newbreak Tierrasanta
10791 Tierrasanta Blvd, San Diego, CA 92124

Celebration of Life

  • Date: April 28, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Newbreak Tierrasanta Church
  • Address: 10791 Tierrasanta Blvd. San Diego CA 92124
  • Directions: Newbreak Tierrasanta Church

Kim is my second cousin and we had many fun times as children. Uncle Olie was my grandmother Mafalda's brother. We are so sorry for your loss. May Kim rest in peace.

Michele Celata on April 27, 2018

Many of us are in a relationship with Jesus, & our faith & God's Word tell us that we will unite with Kim, again, in Heaven someday. Kim knew this too, but I miss Kim as anyone does who knew her. She meant so much to so many. I met Kim & all of her family at FBC, Pacific Beach when she was 11 years old. I watched her grow into the beautiful woman that she became. We all have so many memories of Kim. She was genuine, had non-wavering faith, a great sense of humor, wisdom, & charisma, & was so proud of her children. My sympathies & my prayers are for all her family, relatives, & friends to find comfort & peace in this sudden, sad loss. I love you Kim. See you in Heaven one day. Oh what a rejoicing that will be.

Jeanie Casto on April 16, 2018

I remember Kim very fondly. She had a very sweet temperament , so much like her Mother. This was so tragic but so glad to know her faith never faltered I was one of her youth leaders at First Baptist, sympathy and prayers to all her family Karen (Jarrett) Enquist Medford Oregon

Karen Rnquist on April 13, 2018

Our deepest sympathy at the sudden loss of Kim. Please know that our prayers for peace and comfort are with you all.

John Catalano on April 11, 2018

My heart’s cry is for God to wrap His arms around the whole family with strength and peace. How I will miss her my bff❤️

Lisa Vinson on April 10, 2018

May the peace of our Lord, Savior, and Christ be on Kim's family and friends during this time. Kim leaves many wonderful memories for us to share and remember.

Bennye Rapp on April 10, 2018

My heart goes out to the family. I have known Kim since he was a teenager at First Baptist Church Pacific beach. I can't believe this vibrant life is now gone from this earth. She was one of the most sweetest, kindest and most genuine ladies I have ever had the privilege to know. She is now at peace with her Jesus. She was a dedicated Christian and everyone knew it.

Laurie Walker on April 10, 2018