Catherine A. Galbraith

Catherine A. Galbraith, 89, formerly of Bowen Road, Randolph, passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, at the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center.

A lifelong area resident, she was born May 11, 1929, at home in Randolph, a daughter of the late Lue Lee and Elphild Jonson Brown.

Catherine was a 1947 graduate of Randolph Central School and retired from Metallic Ladder Mfg. Corp. in Randolph after many years of service. In earlier years, she worked at the National Worsted Mills in Falconer, South Dayton Canning Factory and the Borden’s Plant in Randolph.

She loved spending time with her family and holidays were always special. Catherine enjoyed crocheting countless afghans, hats, and scarves for family and friends and was an avid reader. Mystery novels were one of her favorite. Tending to her beautiful perennial flower gardens and water lily pools was one of her greatest joys. In earlier years, she enjoyed riding snowmobiles, motorcycles and camping with her late husband. They traveled throughout the United States visiting family and friends.

Catherine is survived by two children: a daughter, Kathryn L. Smith and her husband, Stephen of Jamestown, and a son, L. James Galbraith and his wife, Anne of Beaverton, Ore.; four grandchildren: Danielle Smith-Pritchard, Christopher Smith, Lee Galbraith and Jason Galbraith; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Batterson.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, James A. Galbraith, whom she married June 26, 1948, and who died Oct. 14, 2011; and four brothers: Ronald Brown, Walter Brown, George Brown and Robert Brown.

The family will be present to receive friends on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph, where memorial services will follow at 2 p.m. The Rev. Daniel S. Rumfelt, chaplain of the Lutheran home, will officiate. Burial will be at sea at an undetermined date with the U.S. Navy officiating. This was her wish to be buried alongside her late husband, James who was a very proud World War II U.S. Navy veteran.

Memorials may be sent to the Randolph Fire Company, 70 Main St., Randolph, NY 14772, or the Randolph Free Library, 26 Jamestown St., Randolph, NY 14772.

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