2009-08-05 / Obituaries

Ethel Merritt McCaffrey Stolzenberger

Ethel Merritt McCaffrey Stolzenberger, age 98, a longtime resident of Cold Spring, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, July 20, 2009.

Mrs. Stolzenberger was a retired hospital administrator, having worked at Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Hospital in Cold Spring from 1938 to 1979. Mrs. Stolzenberger was noted in her youth to have played piano for the silent movies. She was also the secretary for the Putnam County Coroner and served as the secretary for the Nelsonville Village Board. She was a graduate of Haldane High School. She was also a graduate of Eastman Business School and achieved a certificate in hospital administration from Columbia University. Mrs. Stolzenberger greatly enjoyed travel and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She had also visited Australia and China.

She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was the matriarch of the Merritt family and, in spite of her busy schedule, she always found time to assist her large family in any time of need.

Born May 11, 1911, in New Breaman, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Warren Nelson and Alfreda (Broerman) Merritt. She was predeceased by her first husband, John McCaffrey, and second husband, Joseph Edward Stolzenberger. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Patricia McCaffrey Perpetua in November 2008. She was the last surviving of the Merritt children and was predeceased by her five siblings, Nelson Merritt, Helen DeMichael, Margaret Merritt, Mildred Mc- Cormick, and Mabel Merritt.

She is survived by her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Patricia and Martin Marcus and great granddaughter, Merritt Jenny Marcus of Mohegan Lake, NY. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews: Robert McCaffrey of Cold Spring, Edward and Maggie McCormick of Wilmington, NC, Sally and Jim Cone of Naponock, NY, Janet DeMichael of Hancock, NY, Alan and Susan DeMichael of Beverly Hills, FL, Gloria and Bob Lowe of NC, Marilyn and Bob Way of FL, and Nelson Merritt Jr. of FL.

A private graveside service was held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Cold Spring Cemetery. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Clinton Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Stolzenberger's name to Superkids (an organization that provides developmental therapy and caregiver training in orphanages), 6300 John Ryan Dr., Fort Worth, Texas, 76132.

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