Catherine L. Holstead
Catherine L. Holstead
  • May 3, 1938 - July 9, 2017
  • Oneonta, New York

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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 August 8, 1959.

A 1959 graduate of SUCO, Cathy was employed briefly as a 4th 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 long-time volunteer for Catskill Area Hospice & the AO Fox Hospital Auxiliary.

Cathy is survived by her husband, Robert H. Holstead; a daughter, Karen (Holstead) Geasey (David); and a son, Robert J. Holstead (Geri); 6 grandchildren, Matthew, Jon and Michelle Geasey, Michael Holstead, Megan (Holstead) Cool, and Emily (Holstead) Alvarez; 3 great grandchildren, Olivia and Isaac Holstead, and William Henry Cool; a 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 2 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 on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St, Oneonta.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Atonement Lutheran Church, 1 Center Street, Oneonta, with Rev. David Mickiewicz, celebrant.

Burial will take place in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta or AO Fox Hospital Auxiliary, 1 Norton Avenue, Oneonta.

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Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.