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Catherine Mary Theresa Derrenbacher

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Catherine Mary Theresa Derrenbacher, 81, of County Route 71, died peacefully, Sunday, July 3, 2005, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, Vt. She was the wife of John P. Derrenbacher.

Born May 25, 1924, in the Bronx, she was the daughter of William J. and Catherine Pedro Svitak. While attending high school, she met her future husband but they were not married until he returned from serving with the U.S. Navy in World War II. They were married at Holy Family Church on Oct. 12, 1946.

The family lived in the Bronx until moving to Poughkeepsie in 1957 and then to Cambridge in 1984.

Cathy was a wonderful homemaker. She liked working on her house and those of her friends. She especially enjoyed wallpapering and house painting.

Cathy was always active in her church and community. She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church, Cambridge; a member of Catholic Daughters, the Cambridge Seniors, and the Cambridge Area Branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

A brother, William Svitak, died before her.

Along with her husband, she is survived by three children and their spouses, Joan and Chris Davies of Poughkeepsie, Theresa and Charles Otis Sweezey of Edwardsville, Ill., and Philip Derrenbacher and Jennifer Coughlin; seven grandchildren, Christopher Davies and wife Cheri, Michael Davies and wife Heather, Gwendolyn Lindsey and husband Donald, Amanda, Gage and Claire Derrenbacher; two great-grandsons, Aidan Davies and Donald Lindsey Jr.; two brothers, Robert Svitak and wife Pauline, of Bennington, Vt., and John Svitak, of Cambridge; a sister-in-law, Peggy Ficke, of Long Beach, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge. Cathy’s brother-in-law, Father James Derrenbacher, will conduct a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Father Derrenbacher and Father Liam Condon at St. Patrick’s Church, 17 South Park St., on Thursday, July 7, 2005, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at 12 p.m.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to either, St. Patrick’s Church, Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, 160 Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT 05201 or Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 52, Cambridge, NY 12816.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 5, 2005
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