2006-04-19 / Obituaries

Charles E. Clauss, Sr

Charles E. Clauss, Sr. (Charlie), age 78, a life-long resident of Cold Spring, died Sunday, April 9, 2006 at his home in Cold Spring, NY.

Charlie was born in Cold Spring, the son of the late Henry O. and Marjorie (Fitzgerald) Clauss.

On September 29, 1957 (the happiest day of his life) he married Joan B. Conklin.

He was a member of Our Lady of Loretto Church. He attended Our Lady of Loretto School, graduating in 1942, and then graduated from Cardinal Hayes HS in the Bronx in 1946. Charlie spent 1946 thru 1948 in the U.S. Navy and was discharged as a Yeoman 3rd class. He served on ships stationed out of Norfolk, VA.

Charlie was an avid bowler in leagues in Peekskill's Washington Lanes, Beacon's Toupense Lanes, and The Holiday Bowling Lanes in Wappinger Falls. Charlie was also active in Philipstown's Men's Softball League, playing for Duffy's Tavern. All this took place from 1948 to the 1970's. Charlie was a life member of Cold Spring Fire Co. #1, a 25+-year member of Loretto Council Knights of Columbus #536, AARP, IBM Quarter Century Club, Philipstown Democratic Party, and was elected as a Village of Cold Spring Trustee in the 1970's.

Charlie went to work at IBM in November 1951 as a clerk/ chauffeur and had the honor of chauffeuring Thomas Watson Sr. and family (founder of IBM) when they visited the plant in Poughkeepsie. Charlie then transferred to East Fishkill, retiring in February 1985, after 33 years and 3 months.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan (Conklin) Clauss, three daughters, one son, and eight grandchildren: Charlene Grosso, and granddaughter Molly Elizabeth, Charles E. and Sarina Clauss, Jr., and grandsons Ryan Charles, Sean Francis, and Charles Andrew, Cheryl and Steve Kastuk, granddaughter Lindsay Nicole, and grandson Stephen Christopher, Coreen and Anthony Salvagio, grandson Anthony Robert Jr. and granddaughter Caitlyn.

Funeral services were held at the Clinton Funeral Home, Corner of Parrott & Pine Sts. (21 Parrott St.) Cold Spring, NY on Thursday, April 13th, followed by interment at Cold Spring Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Charlie to the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corp or your favorite church or charity.

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