Catherine M. Carpentier - September 6, 2016

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Catherine M. Carpentier (nee Connelly) passed into eternal life on September 6th after a brief fight with cancer, she was 59.

Cathy grew up in the Colonie and Albany area, graduating from Colonie High School in 1977.  She then spent 35 years working for New York State, primarily with Higher Education Services Corporation as a computer programmer.

Family was always at the center of Cathyís life.  She worked to keep her siblings together as they grew up, raised two children, was a care giver to her mother-in-law, cared for her grand-puppies and had recently taken on her dream of being a grandma.  She was married to her husband, Rod, for 38 years and though they challenged each other, their genuine and real love was always present.

Cathy was pre-deceased by her natural parents, Frank and Margaret Connelly as well as her foster parents Ronald and Marguerite Riordan.  Also going before her were her brother Frank and her in-laws Rodney and Doris Carpentier.

Cathy is survived by her husband, Rodney Jr., her son Rodney III, his wife Laura and their daughter Fraley; and her daughter Shannon, her husband Vincent and their expectant daughter.  She is further survived by her brothers David Connelly (Barbara), Patrick Connelly, John Connelly, Matthew Riordan (Laura), Andrew Riordan (Jolene) and Christopher Connelly (Ruth), and her sister Judith Collier.  Her extended family included her sisters-in-law Donna Sharer (Patrick), Denese Bernaiche (Daniel), and Darlene Mack (Roland), as well as many nieces and nephews.  

Cathy was above all the greatest friend to everyone.  She was a selfless person who never turned away from an opportunity to help.  She was kind, thoughtful and caring, simply the one everyone could turn to.

The family wants to thank the prayers of the community especially the members of the St. Patrickís Parish and the Grace United Methodist Church, as well as the staff of St. Peterís Hospital and the Hospice Inn at St. Peterís for the care and comfort they have shown Cathy.  

A viewing will be held on Friday September 9, 2016 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Babcock Funeral Home Pulver Ave in Ravena followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrickís Church on Saturday September 10th at 11 am.