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Catherine and Robert Mabeus

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Mabeus, Robert and Catherine EAST NASSAU Catherine L. "Kay" Shuhart Mabeus, 74, of Hanky Mull Hill Road died on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Albany Memorial Hospital after a valiant and courageous fight against cancer under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County. Her husband, Robert J. "Bob" Mabeus Sr., 75, died suddenly at home on Saturday a short time later. Kay was born August 8, 1938, the daughter of the late George and Grace Stallone Shuhart. She was raised in the East Greenbush-Rensselaer area and attended Van Rensselaer High School. She and Bob were married in St. John's Church in Rensselaer on April 12, 1958. She was a homemaker in her early years and after raising her family, worked for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance as a principal account clerk, retiring in 1999 after 27 years of service. Kay was a communicant and very active with the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon where she was a director of Faith Formation. She was an avid poet, loved to frequent casinos and her annual birthday trip to Lake George. Kay loved music and played in a group called "Taxes Tootsies." She was also on local radio WGNA known as "Special K." She was the backbone of her family always giving love to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was dearly loved and will be truly missed. Bob was born March 20, 1937 in Albany, he was the only child of Caspar J. and Mary L. Tanner Mabeus. He attended Our Lady of Angels School and Christian Brothers Academy in Albany. He had worked for the City of Albany Fire and Rescue Department, Hoffman's Car Wash and at the time of his death, was employed by GSA Security working at the Bank of America in Albany. He was an Eagle Scout, an avid hunter, member of the Rensselaer County Alliance and member of the National Rifle Association. Survivors include their children, Robert J. (Ulrike) Mabeus Jr. of Stephentown, Mary Grace (Glenn) Monuteaux of Schodack, John C. (Marissa DiMay) Mabeus and AnnMarie (Todd Garrett) Mabeus of East Nassau, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. Kay is also survived by siblings, Thelma (Mario) Fedele of Colonie, Dolores (Lou) D'Ambrosi of Rensselaer, George (Beverly) Shuhart and Paul (Cathy) Shuhart of East Nassau. Cremation will take place at the Gardner Earl Memorial Crematorium in Troy. A memorial service for both Kay and Bob will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 732 U.S. Route 20, New Lebanon where the Rev. John L. Close and Deacon Peter Quinn will officiate. A time of remembrance will follow in the church's Fellowship Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to either Community Hospice of Rensselaer County or the Memorial Fund at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in care of Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, PO Box 9, Stephentown, NY 12168.
Published in Albany Times Union on Dec. 18, 2012
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