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Catherine Relihan Obituary
EAGLE BRIDGE - Catherine Relihan of Eagle Bridge died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center after a brief illness.
Born Oct. 31, 1913, she was the youngest child of her parents, Sarah McAllen Relihan and Edward Relihan. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Tom and Neil (Margaret); his sisters, Agnes Relihan and Sara Relihan Meagher (Jack); and his niece, Margaret (Marie) Relihan.
Catherine spent her childhood and teen years on the family farm as her father's right hand and chauffeur. She attended Normal School at Oneonta State and received her teaching degree from SUNY New Paltz.
She was an elementary school teacher for 40 years. Most of those years were spent at Colonie Village School and, after centralization, Saddlewood School. She retired in 1974.
After retirement, she channeled her energies into vegetable gardening on the farm with her sisters and brother-in-law and volunteer work at St. Patrick's Church, Mary McClellan Hospital Auxiliary and Cambridge Valley Garden Club.
Catherine is survived by her nephew, Edward Meagher, and his wife, Margaret Rogers-Meagher, and their children, Eamonn Meagher and Glennis Meagher; many cousins; and her honorary grandchild, Amanda Timmerman.
The family wishes to acknowledge the loving and supportive neighbors and friends who helped make it possible for Catherine to maintain her independence, especially Harold and Joyce Church, Jean Timmerman, the extended Andrews family, Peg the mail carrier, Dr. Matt Pender and the parish community of St. Patrick's Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, from St. Patrick's Church in Cambridge, N.Y.
Burial will be later in the spring at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Cambridge.
Relatives and friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., Hoosick Falls.
Memorial contributions in Catherine's memory can be made to St. Patrick's Church, where she was a member of the congregation for 99 years, or to Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad through the funeral home.
Thanks to the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad and the staffs of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's ED, ICU and second floor east, which made Catherine's final hours comfortable and peaceful.
Published in The Record on Feb. 24, 2013
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