Catherine Albanese

Catherine E. Albanese

Saturday, February 21st, 1931 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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Catherine E. (Wolf) Albanese, teacher, tutor, scholar and lifelong Poughkeepsie resident, died peacefully on July 28th.
She was born February 21, 1931 to Anna Anderson and Frank L. Wolf and was educated in the local schools. Catherine was active in education and the arts throughout her lifetime. She attended Mount Saint Vincent College (Bronx) and graduated from the Teachers College of New Paltz (now SUNY New Paltz) with a Masters in Education.
She had a passion for local history and preservation. She was an active member of the American Association of University Women which was heavily involved in saving the Union Street Historic District from complete urban renewal destruction. Catherine was also involved in such important projects as the preservation and restoration of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val Kill, Mt. Gulian, Wildersteen and, most recently, Maple Grove. Catherine was as a docent at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College for many years, was an English instructor for engineers and their families from around the world who were on assignment at IBM Poughkeepsie and, along with her husband, was instrumental in starting the Little Red Schoolhouse. Catherine loved music and was an exceptional pianist.
Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Rudy, whom she married on June 27th, 1953 in St. Mary’s church in Poughkeepsie. She is the loving Mother of four favorite sons: Lawrence (Gabriella, Andrew, Sarah, West Gains, NY.), Christopher (Sally, Sarah, Pelham Manor, NY.), Matthew (Michele, Carolyn, Hayley, Adam, Newburgh, NY.) and Gregory (Kimberley, Bradley, Camden)
In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is survived by her great grandchildren (Henry and Weston) and many nieces and nephews. Her brothers, John A., and Lawrence A. Wolf, predeceased her.
Visitation and Services are private. The Burial is at the convenience of the family. Donations can be made to: Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW and can be mailed to Pat Luczai, Treasurer, 9 Bridgewater Way, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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Georgia Kustas

Posted at 06:09pm
I was happy to know such a lovely woman and am so sorry she is gone
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Celia Serotsky

Posted at 08:23am
Catherine and I met when I joined the Maple Grove Restoration Committee. The tall, slender, regal woman became my friend as we chatted about almost everything. We worked together reading through the diaries of the Kincaid sisters who lived at Southwood searching for any information that would enhance our knowledge of both Southwood and Maple Grove. Not having grown up in Poughkeepsie, I learned about the history of the city through our many conversations pouring over those diaries. Our almost daily conversations for several years were an attempt at being supportive when Rudy moved to the VA. I will always remember Catherine’s perseverance, her strength, her warmth, and especially her regal presence.

Brent Hnatow

Posted at 01:05pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. May the love of friends and family from the Manor at Woodside carry you through your grief.
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Michael George

Posted at 08:38pm
It was our great pleasure and honor to know your mother/grandmother, first as a volunteer at Mount Gulian Historic Site and more recently at Maple Grove in Poughkeepsie. She was steadfast in honoring her commitments to both groups and thoughtful in her ideas of how to be effective volunteers. She was a fun person with whom to socialize when the work was done. And all with such grace! We'll always have a special place in our hearts for Catherine.
Thank you for calling us to inform us of her death. Sincerely , Michael and Phyllis George

Barbara Hespenheide

Posted at 12:04pm
Through the years with AAUW I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Catherine on various projects and committees. In the last few years we have gotten together for lunch and catching up. Her friendship was a gift. She was the embodiment of a dedicated volunteer to her many causes. Once I arranged an AAUW program to have Catherine and Joan Fay, long time members, share their lifetime experiences. With her wonderful stories she gave us AAUW history and Poughkeepsie history. I hope the family has some of these stories - especially one about the amusement park where she rode the ferris wheel beside the Hudson. A few years back a friend and I took Catherine to Earth Wind and Fuego, housed in the former Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. She had stories of walking by there on her way to and from school. We have lost a treasure and are so thankful to have been a part of her life. Know that so many others share your loss, Barbara Hespenheide

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