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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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

Shelley Zeoli

Posted at 01:22pm
I remember Catherine and Rudy from Castle Point. As a Past member of Rolling Thunder NY3 we had the privilege of honorIng our Vets and their families with parties throughout the year. We were also honored to perform a Final Salute for Rudy and honor his service to our country. Catherine was always in attendance with Rudy. A truly warm and beautiful person. God bless Catherine.

Posted at 10:40am
Oh, Catherine, my dear neighbor and friend, I am so sad to learn of your passing. I will forever remember your kindness, humor and our many conversations. You are loved and will be missed.
To family members - sincere sympathy and condolences to you. Thank you for letting me know.

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