Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home

14 Grand Street, Oneonta, NY


Edith M. Catella

August 1, 1926October 25, 2019

Edith found peace on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, after 93 years of life. She passed away with family at her side at Albany Medical Center.

Edith was born on Aug. 1, 1926, to Andrew and Goldie Himes joining a large family. Edith spent her entire life in Oneonta becoming a member of the OHS class of 1944 that celebrated its 75th reunion this year.

She married her high school sweetheart, Fred, on April 5, 1947, and started her own family with Linda in 1948, followed by Fred in 1951.

Most of Edith's working years were devoted to being the head bookkeeper at Sears & Roebuck in Oneonta. She took great pride in her work there, saying she could make an adding machine sing.

With Edith, family always trumped career. When it became necessary, Edith left her job at Sears to raise her granddaughter, Stacey.

She and her husband enjoyed their time together "on the hill" on Emmons Hill Road.

There were many evening campfires in the woods or by the pond with the family telling stories. She was an avid reader. Her Kindle was loaded with hundreds of books.

Edith is survived by her loving son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Judith (Chase) and granddaughters, Stacey (Ives) Camp and Erin (Meehan) Horey; a sister, Dorothy Himes; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years in 2003; and daughter, Linda Meehan in 2001.

In keeping with her wishes, no funeral services have been planned. A private burial will be held at a later date.


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Edith M. Catella

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