Catherine G. Sweatt, 94, passed away February 16, 2016. She was born in Elizabethtown, NY, the daughter of the late Addison and Edith (Begore) Goff. She was predeceased by her brothers Richard and Robert Goff and her loving husband Robert Fenton Sweatt.
Catherine Goff married Robert “Bob” Sweatt in 1941, sharing 73 years together. They have two daughters: Sylvia McCoy and husband Jerry (deceased) from Schenectady, NY, Cynthia Pratt and husband Michael from Westport, NY, and one son Robert R. Sweatt and wife Ellen from Lewis, NY.
Catherine has seven grandchildren: Janine McCoy, Jeannette (McCoy) Miller and husband Jim, Erin (Pratt) Schroder and husband Ben, Robert J. Sweatt and wife Alicia, Sarah (Sweatt) Hackett and husband Derrick, Catherine (Sweatt) McCormick and husband Peter, and Diana Sweatt and friend Gordon Costin. There are thirteen beautiful great-grandchildren: Anthony, Shelby, Colby, Lacey, and Haley Miller; Charlie and Chase Schroder; Charlee Anne, Connor, and Robert Sweatt; Taylor and Wyatt Hackett; and Jacqueline Aurelia McCormick.
Catherine graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1964 and taught for 22 years in the public education system. Her love for reading, depth of knowledge, and enduring patience contributed to her success as a public school teacher. She loved education and remained dedicated as a life-long learner.
Catherine was an avid reader, a passionate historian, and a devoted conservationist. She was the Lewis Town Historian for 50 years, dedicated to piecing together the past using her wealth of historical knowledge and her ability to connect with others. Her love of history was also evident in her extensive genealogical work. She was always immersed in projects revealing her devotion to recreating the past and tracing lineage. In addition, Catherine’s dedication to the environment was apparent in her active involvement in the political process surrounding the Essex County Landfill among other imperative environmental issues.
Her hobbies and interests included reading, politics, snowmobiling, genealogy, and caring for her animals, especially “her kitties”. Additionally, Catherine shared her husband’s passion for antique cars including attending the Hershey Pennsylvania Antique Car Show for over 30 years. She loved to travel to Maine in the summer and enjoyed being outdoors to admire the beauty she treasured in wildlife. She ardently supported her family and community organizations. Catherine’s love, wisdom, patience, and compassion will live on in those that had the pleasure of knowing her.
The family will receive guests on Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 12 to 2 p.m., with a memorial service following at 2 p.m. at the Marvin-Heald Funeral Home, 7521 Court Street in Elizabethtown, NY. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Catherine may be made to the North Country SPCA, Lewis Volunteer Fire Department, or the Elizabethtown-Lewis Ambulance Squad.
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