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Lydia Ruth Pletz (1927 - 2013)

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Lydia Ruth Pletz

Cold Spring - June 7, 1927 - July 16, 2013

Lydia Ruth Pletz, formerly Lydia Mazzuca, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 16, 2013, at Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota, FL. Lydia was born June 7, 1927 in Konigsberg, East Prusia, to Marie (Klowski) and Franz Pletz. She was 29 years old for the 57th time.

Lydia is survived by her four children: Raymond Mazzuca of Orlando, FL, Peter Mazzuca and his wife, Sandy, of Sarasota, FL, Karen Mazzuca-Biddiscombe and her husband, Kevin of Wallkill, NY, and Tony Mazzuca and his wife, Tammy, of Kingsland, GA, currently stationed with the USCG in San Juan, Puerto Rico; her grandchildren: Scott Russo of Cold Spring, NY, Erika Mazzuca-Galish and Peter Mazzuca, both of Sarasota, FL and Connor Biddiscombe of Wallkill, NY, also survive her. Her beloved brother, Erhard Pletz survives with his wife, Margret in Cuxhaven, Germany, and her beloved sister, Ruth Muller survives in Bremerhaven, Germany. She is predeceased by her parents; her brother, Herbert, and sisters: Annie and Hilde. She had many nieces and nephews.

Lydia and her family came through tremendously difficult times during World War II and were forced to flee from the Russians from Konigsberg, East Prusia to Midlum, Germany. She became employed by a US Army base in Bremerhaven as a secretary. She soon married and immigrated to the United States where she proudly became a citizen. She was very patriotic and knew more American History then most. She resided in the Cold Springs - Nelsonville area for 64 years.

In addition to being a wonderful homemaker, she made many beautiful clothes for her children, was an amazing baker, was active in her local church affiliations, and for a period of time was a contributing writer to the local newspaper. Some fondly knew her as "Lid", but to her children, she was "deine Liebe Mutti". Her beautiful, soprano voice would radiate throughout the house and our childhood neighbors would climb the next-door tree or sit by their bedroom window just to hear her sing wonderful Christian hymns. She later became employed as a Bookkeeper with the law firm of Pagones and Cross of Beacon, NY for over 34 years.

Lydia was devoted to her children and to serving her Lord. Her faith in God remained strong to the very end. She was a prayer warrior, thorough in Bible knowledge, and a humble helper to others. She ran errands, cleaned, shopped and cared for others or their children even into her final years. She never wanted anyone to help her….but she helped others with a glad heart. She leaves us with many wonderful memories and traditions, but the greatest gift she ever passed on, was leading her children to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ; for that we are "eternally" grateful.

A Christian Memorial Service and Celebration of Her Life will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, at 2 p.m., at the Cornwall Baptist Church, 213 Main Street, Cornwall, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to either the HUG Fund at Arden Court of Sarasota, 5509 Swift Road, Sarasota, FL. 34231 or to the Cornwall Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Quigley-Bros. Funeral Home, 845-534-9424, www.quigleybros.com



Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 28, 2013
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