Catherine (Cathy, Katy) Sheridan Trahan passed away in her home in Catskill, NY on January 31, 2021 with her daughters present. She was born to Helen Tarnow Sheridan and Donald Francis Bernard Sheridan on September 4, 1940. She married her beloved husband, the late Edward Terrance Trahan, in 1966, who predeceased her in 2010. She is survived by two daughters, two sons-in-law, four grandchildren, two brothers, many nieces and nephews, and more cherished friends than can be counted. Her daughter Dara Trahan Lippert’s son Quinlin Caltabiano-Trahan was her first grandchild, and earned her the sought-after privilege of being called Nana. She was also Nana to Christina Trahan Cain’s children Carina, Paxton, and Kathleen Cain, who she adored as much, and was as proud of as she was of Quinlin. In a weird twist of fate, her sons-in-law Raymond Lippert and Charles Cain loved her as much as their wives did.
Cathy was rich in experiences, friends, and outlooks. She was a devout Catholic, who exercised her faith in many ways in all parts of her life. She was called to join the Medical Mission Sisters at a young age, and while that didn’t work out, she served her faith in many ways throughout her life, from teaching in St. Patrick’s elementary school in the 80’s, teaching religious education classes, to serving on the parish and ecumenical councils. She also was a formidable public school teacher and union advocate, who taught her daughters that it was normal to fight the establishment for their values. After retiring from teaching and caring for her husband, she grew in other ways. Her circle of friends grew from childhood friends in Syracuse, her friends from the convent, her young adult friends from Rochester and Brunswick, her teaching friends across the county, to a newer and richly diverse group she met in her recovery. These layers of friendships and shared love made Cathy into a unique and beautiful person, with an aura that shone in colors she never imagined, all gained from the love she gave to and received from the spectrum of people in her life. Her daughters will miss her most of all, but the collective love of those who cared about Cathy will carry us all forward in a way that is accepting, fierce, and true. The angels are watching us.
Arrangements viewing hours will be from 3-5 pm on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Traver & McCurry Funeral Homes at 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, NY. A Mass will be held at 10 am Friday, February 5th at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall at 66 William Street in Catskill, NY.
Covid restrictions: The family please asks people to double mask and follow funeral home and parish requirements. Those with symptoms or who have had contact with a suspected or covid positive individual are requested to send regards remotely.