Gertrude Teresa Lynch


Gertrude Teresa Lynch, age 103, of Catskill, passed away peacefully at home on January 2, 2021. Trudy was born December 1, 1917 in New York Mills, the daughter of the late Peter and Bertha (Nowcki) Kozak.

Trudy graduated from New York Mills High School in 1935. Upon graduation she enrolled in Business School in Utica, NY. In 1937 she enrolled in Syracuse University, where she majored in Physical Education and Health, with Latin as a minor. Upon graduating, Trudy began teaching in Hammondsport, NY.

In 1942 Trudy married John E. Lynch, who was also a Physical Education major and graduate of Syracuse University. They moved to Cairo, NY in 1942, where John began his teaching career. WWII soon interrupted his career and they returned to Syracuse, where Trudy taught at the Percy Hughes School for Handicapped Children, while John served in the U.S. Navy.

In 1946 they returned to Cairo and their teaching careers. Trudy eventually began completing her courses in Latin at St. Rose College and Albany State Teachers College. After receiving her degree, Trudy taught Latin for many years. She retired in 1979, but continued to substitute and tutor for several years.

Trudy found her true calling in teaching, and always remained interested in her student’s lives. She had a remarkable ability to remember her students and their families, which lasted for the rest of her life. She also taught swimming for the American Red Cross; volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Drive; and volunteered for many charitable organizations. She was a member of several retired teachers organizations. Trudy was married for 62 years, and was predeceased by her husband John E. Lynch on July 20, 2004.

Trudy is survived by a daughter Marty Duggan of Catskill; a son, John Lynch of Colorado; three grandchildren, Art Thoms (wife Ruth) of

California, John P. Lynch of New Hampshire, and Tara Laraway Lynch (husband Jason) of New York City; three great-grandchildren, Ashley Thoms, Dillan Thoms, and Malek Elashry. Trudy also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many wonderful friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414. Burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill will be private. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. Message of condolences may be made to

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