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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hope Anne Catricala

Catricala, Hope Anne COHOES Hope Anne Catricala, native of Watervliet, died Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at the age of 60 in her home in Cohoes after a long battle with cancer.

She was the daughter of the late Fredrick Russell and Helen Duchene, and of her late adoptive parents, Vincent James Sr. and Eleanor G. (Cramer) Catricala. Survived by brother, John Catricala; sister, Eleanor (Catricala) Lampkin; stepbrother, Ralph Duddley; stepsister, Theresa Birch; and several nieces and nephews.

Other close family and friends include Clement and Alice Turgeon, Donna Turgeon, Ben, Nancy, Benjamin and Leah Fronczek, Matthew and Hannah Watermann and family, Ellen and Tom Sage, Mary Gemma, and Dawn Cary.

Hope was a member of Holy Trinity Parish, Cohoes, where she was a member of the Ladies of Saint Anne Society, a RCIA team member, a Eucharist minister, usher, and team member of the Liturgical Planning group.

Hope's life consisted of working as a life guard at the Watervliet City Pool, various clerk jobs, the NYS Museum and the NYS Transportation Department.

She was the president of the NENY Lupus Foundation in Albany, original founder of the Adoptee Political Action Coalition (APAC) and the NY Statewide Adoption Reform (NYSAR), and a member of the New York Adoption group. She fought for 17 years to pass legislation of the Bill of Adoptee Rights before both the Assembly and the Senate in Albany, N.Y.

She was a lover of animals and spent time volunteering at the Mohawk Hudson Animal Shelter. She was the recipient of the J.C. Penny Golden Rule Award and the Lupus Foundation of America Fleur-de-lis Award for her outstanding service to the community.

Special thanks to Dr. Duncan Savage, Dr. Nina Wu, the Community Hospice of Rensselaer and any of my angels: Ellen, Mary Ann, Hannah, Joan, Kathy, and Phyllis.

Calling hours will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Catricala Funeral Home Inc., 1597 Rte. 9, Clifton Park with a funeral Mass Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Vliet Blvd, Cohoes. Burial will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Waterford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Parish, 122 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes, NY 12047; the NENY Lupus Foundation, 790 Watervliet Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110; and the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204.

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