Henrietta E. Crouch
Henrietta E. Crouch
  • November 17, 1914 - February 15, 2015
  • New York

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Henrietta Eunice (Filippetti) Crouch was born on November 17, 1914, and peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on February 15, 2015.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas Filippetti and Christina (Martine) Filippetti. Henrietta is predeceased by her husband Herschel Crouch; brothers, Ernest Filippetti, Joseph Filippetti (Doris), and Thomas Filippetti (Marilyn); and sisters Loretta VanHorn (Paul) and Mary Vickio (Louis Sr.). She is survived by sisters Rachel Vickio (Nicholas), Gloria Menio (Edward Sr.), and Teresa Cope (Ken); son Calvin Crouch (Nancy); two loving granddaughters, Jessica Duvall and Antoinette Crouch; numerous nephews and nieces who were all like sons and daughters to her; and several great-grandchildren, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Henrietta sang in the church choir for many years with some of her siblings; their beautiful voices echoed throughout the valley. She proudly worked at the Eclipse Machine Company in Elmira during WWII to help manufacture bomb fuses in support of the war effort. She was a faithful employee of Montour Pharmacy where she retired in 1980.

Henrietta often shared stories about her wonderful life with her parents and siblings on the family farm. Soon after the war was over, she married Herschel Crouch and together they settled on "Filippetti Hill" outside of Watkins Glen. Henrietta was affectionately known as "Lega" to family members and close friends. Lega always had a smile; her grace and warm personality was contagious to all that were fortunate enough to have her in their life. She lived life to the fullest and was "a giant in a small package." Lega enjoyed fishing, camping and visiting with others. Her true passion was cooking and knowing that her meals would satisfy so many. Lega's culinary legacy will live on through her cherished recipes that have been handed down to her loving family. She was the host of all family gatherings, and her home was always filled with talk and laughter. Henrietta will be missed on this earth but greeted in heaven with open arms. She will surely live on in the hearts and souls of those who knew her.

Henrietta was a member of Saint Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, NY. Calling hours celebrating her life will be held at Saint Mary's on February 21st from 10:00am ''' 12:00pm in the link, followed by a Mass at noon. Donations may be made to Catholic Charities, 607 Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 and/or Seneca View Skilled Nursing, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.