Catharine Foster

Catharine Mather Bacon Foster

1930 - 2019

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Obituary of Catharine Mather Bacon Foster

Catharine Mather Bacon Foster, 89 a resident of Ryan Rd in Greenwich passed away with her loving family by her side on October 16, 2019 at home following a brief battle with cancer.

She was born January 18, 1930 in Albany, NY to the late Allen H. and Dorothy Jagel Bacon.

Catharine was a 1948 graduate of Greenwich Central School where she served as class president and received the most valuable student award.  Following graduation, she attended SUNY Oneonta where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education.  On July 21, 1951 she married the love of her life, Thomas R. Foster.  Together they had 3 daughters.  She taught K-2 at the South Glens Falls Central School for many years and after her retirement served as a substitute teacher and teachers’ aide at the Greenwich Central School for 25 years.  She loved teaching and her many students.  Many friendships with fellow teachers have lasted throughout the years.   

Catharine was a well accomplished artist.  She enjoyed painting, knitting, sewing, and rughooking.  She even started a teddy bear company named “Katy Did”.  She belonged to the Green Mountain Rughookers Guild.   Many of her works have been displayed at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont.  She enjoyed passing on the love of rughooking to her 2 daughters and many of her creations will be enjoyed by family members of many generations to come. 

Family meant everything to her and always came first before anything else.  She attended every family event she could and always made sure to be at everyone of her grandchildren’s events. She was the matriarch of the family and enjoyed passing on the family traditions and stories to her children and grandchildren.  She loved visiting the Adirondacks with family and going for walks every day.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her daughter Nancy A. Foster.

Survivors include her loving husband of 68 years Thomas R. Foster; daughters Susan Elizabeth (Stephen) Mitchell of Malta, Catharine Mather Parker of South Burlington, VT; grandchildren, Thomas R. Forsyth of Brooklyn, NY, Joshua Lee Parker (Katie) of South Burlington, VT and Catharine Mather Parker (Jacob) of Sheldon, VT; sister Marion (John) Gillis of Northboro, MA; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours.  Private interment will be held in the Greenwich Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the many friends and neighbors for their support and help during this difficult time.

Donations in Catharine’s name may be made to the Easton-Greenwich Rescue Squad, PO Box 84, Greenwich, NY, 12834 or Community Hospice Foundation Gift Processing Center, 310 S. Manning Blvd, Albany, NY, 12208

A reception for family and friends will be held from 12-3pm on November 16, 2019 at the Greenwich Elks Club, 130 Bulson Rd, Greenwich, NY, 12834.

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Reception for family and friends

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Greenwich Elks Club
Route 40
Greenwich, New York, United States