Relihan, Catherine EAGLE BRIDGE Catherine Relihan of Eagle Bridge died on February 22, 2013 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center after a brief illness. Born on October 31, 1913, she was the youngest child of her parents, Sarah McAllen Relihan and Edward Relihan. She was pre-deceased by her parents; her brothers, Tom and Neil (Margaret); sisters, Agnes Relihan and Sara Relihan Meagher (Jack); and niece, Margaret (Marie) Relihan. Catherine spent her childhood and teen years on the family farm as her father's right hand and chauffeur. She attended Normal School at Oneonta State and received her teaching degree from SUNY New Paltz. She was an elementary school teacher for 40 years. Most of those years were spent at Colonie Village School, and, after centralization, Saddlewood School. She retired in 1974. After retirement she channeled her energies into vegetable gardening on the farm with her sisters and brother-in-law, volunteer work at St. Patrick's Church, the Mary McClellan Hospital auxiliary and the Cambridge Valley Garden Club. Catherine is survived by her nephew, Edward Meagher, and his wife, Margaret Rogers-Meagher, and their children, Eamonn Meagher and Glennis Meagher and many cousins. Also surviving is honorary grandchild Amanda Timmerman. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving and supportive neighbors and friends who helped make it possible for Catherine to maintain her independence, especially Harold and Joyce Church, Jean Timmerman, the extended Andrews family, Peg the mail carrier, Dr. Matt Pender and the parish community of St. Patrick's Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. from St Patrick's Church in Cambridge. Burial will be later in the spring in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Cambridge. Relatives and friends may call at the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St. in Hoosick Falls on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. Memorial contributions in Catherine's memory may be made to St. Patrick's Church, where she was a member of the congregation for 99 years, or the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad through the funeral home. Thanks to the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad and the staffs of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's ED, ICU, and second floor east, who made Catherine's final hours comfortable and peaceful.
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Published in Albany Times Union on February 24, 2013