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ONEONTA - Catherine L. Holstead, 79, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown.
She was born May 3, 1938, in Farmingdale, the daughter of Paul and Frances (Bonventre) Tedesco.
She married Robert H. Holstead on Aug. 8, 1959.
A 1959 graduate of SUNY Oneonta, Cathy was employed briefly as a fourth grade teacher in Niskayuna. She then went on to become a reading teacher at Walton Central School, retiring in 1993.
A devout member of St. Mary's Church in Oneonta, Cathy took great strength in her daily commitment to prayer and service to her church. She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids. She enjoyed adult coloring books, shopping, candles, reading, traveling with her husband Bob to visit friends and family, and cooking. She looked forward to getting together with her weekly card group to play bridge and other games.
Cathy was a longtime volunteer for Catskill Area Hospice and the A.O. Fox Hospital Auxiliary.
Cathy is survived by her husband, Robert H. Holstead; a daughter, Karen (Holstead) Geasey; and a son, Robert J. Holstead; six grandchildren, Matthew, Jon and Michelle Geasey, Michael Holstead, Megan (Holstead) Cool, and Emily (Holstead) Alvarez; three great- grandchildren, Olivia and Isaac Holstead, and William Henry Cool; sister, Paula Kaye; brothers-in-law, Jay Welsh and Jack Holstead; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents and in-laws, she was also predeceased by two sons, Jimmy at age 6, in 1970, and Steven at age 17, in 1985; and a sister, Josephine Welsh.
Friends are invited to greet the family from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 12, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St, Oneonta.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, July 13, at the Atonement Lutheran Church, 1 Center St., Oneonta, with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, celebrant.
Burial will take place in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta or A.O. Fox Hospital Auxiliary, 1 Norton Ave., Oneonta.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on July 10, 2017
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