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Elizabeth "Libby" Fish

Poughkeepsie - Elizabeth "Libby" Fish, 93, a resident of Castle Court at Concord Village in Poughkeepsie and formerly of LaGrange, passed peacefully on September 10, 2013.

She was born in Beverly, MA on September 30, 1919, the daughter of Robert J. Hilton and Mary Lynch Owens. She graduated from Beverly High School in 1936.

On June 29, 1941, she married Elmer D. Fish of Malden, MA at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Beverly, MA. Together they relocated from Watertown, MA to the town of LaGrange, where they lived and ran a business for many years.

Libby enjoyed working with the PTA, the LaGrange Historical Society, the Dutchess County Board of Elections, and St. Joseph's Parochial School in Millbrook. She was a tireless fundraiser for her community. She, along with her husband "Al", had a lifelong involvement with the LaGrange Fire Department. In later years she met regularly with her friends at Pleasant Valley Seniors and most recently enjoyed the company of her neighbors at Castle Court.

Libby is survived by her son Robert (Paula) Fish of Cadyville, N.Y., daughter JoAnn Ruzich of Hyde Park, son Richard (Gail) Fish of Valatie, N.Y., grandchildren Robert Fish Jr., Suzanne Fish, Jason Weir, Jamie Weir, Kristoffer (Kendle) Ruzich, Janice (Steven) Weiss and Kiersten Kuhn, as well as six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother Robert Hilton of Beverly, MA and brother-in-law Joseph W. Fish of Hope Valley, R.I.

She was predeceased by her husband Elmer Fish, sisters Helen Hersey and Mary Frost, of Beverly, and brother Henry Hilton of Gloucester, MA.

There will be a Mass celebrating her life at St. Joseph Church in Millbrook on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the LaGrange Fire Co. #1. Arrangements are under the direction of Allen Funeral Home, Pleasant Valley, NY. To sign the online guest book please visit

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16, 2013
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