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Mary C. Torrey

1918 - 2013 CHATHAM, NY Mary C. (Marion) Torrey, 95, of Chatham, died peacefully on Dec. 2, 2013, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, N.Y. One of nine siblings, she was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 1, 1918, to James and Catherine Wallace. In 1945, Marion and Ed moved to Columbia County from Brooklyn. Marion became a devoted communicant of St James Roman Catholic Church in Chatham, where she began working for Monsignor Charles McCormick in 1964, to assist on a weekend, and then remained employed there for the next 36 years, working in various capacities, including secretary. Over the course of her years living in Chatham and Ghent, Marion participated in numerous volunteer organizations including Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, the March of Dimes, St James Catholic Daughters of America, The Altar Rosary Society, etc. Throughout much of the 1960's one of her great joys was the weekly bowling leagues at the Chatham Bowl. An inspirational lady of quick wit, compassion for others, and a deep devotion to her family and Church, Marion will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends. She is survived by her sons, Martin (Chris Mesick) and Matthew (Debra Weaver), grandchildren Brian Berkel, Jessica (Berkel) Salvatore, Barry Torrey, Adam Torrey, Samantha Torrey, and six great -grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Torrey; all eight of her siblings; her daughter, Abbe Berkel; her grandson, Jeffrey Berkel, and granddaughter, Kaitlin Torrey. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the FRENCH, GIFFORD, PREITER AND BLASL FUNERAL HOME, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. at St James Roman Catholic Church, followed by a committal service at St James Cemetery in Ghent. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in her name to The Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center. For directions or to convey an online condolence, visit www.frenchblasl.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 5, 2013
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