Tracey Woolworth Houlihan

Tracey Woolworth Houlihan, 47, of Valatie, New York, passed away on March 14, 2020 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY, after an heroic battle with pancreatic cancer.

Tracey was born at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City to Sarah W. and John F. Houlihan. She and her family moved to Stockport, NY in 1979 from New York City. She attended Ichabod Crane School from 2nd grade through High School, and graduated in 1990.

From there she went to Columbia Greene Community College where she earned an Associate Degree in Art, and continued her pursuit of an artistic degree at Sage College of Albany, where she earned a B.A. Degree with honors. While at Sage she pursued art and for a short time managed the Opalka Gallery there. She always painted or drew whenever she could. Her art was quite polished and we loved to get the cards or pictures that she made for family and friends. After college she travelled across the country to Lake Tahoe, NV where she met her husband Daniel O’Brien. They married and moved to Australia, where they lived for a year before coming back to the U.S. to live in Stockport. They since divorced.

She is survived by her Mother, Sarah (Sally) Kleemann, Stepbrother Gunnar Kleemann, Stepsister-in-law Karen Valdez, Nieces Tara and Belle Kleemann, Aunt Susan W. Stafford, Uncle John Stafford, and cousins David and Jeffrey Stafford and Aunt and Uncle Carol Woolworth and Sandy Woolworth. She is predeceased by her father, John Houlihan and Stepfather Ronald Kleemann. Also deceased are her Grandmothers and Grandfathers Kleemann andWoolworth. Tracey had many many friends throughout Columbia County – and all over the country. Almost everyone she met immediately became her friend. One of her favorite pastimes was helping out anyone who needed it. She genuinely loved “her” people and they her.

Services will be private. Tracey asked to be cremated and unfortunately, because of the ConaVirus restrictions, there will be no visitation except for the most immediate family (limited to 10 total). However, there will be a Celebration of Life for Tracey this summer when (hopefully) the danger is past, so save up your memories and prayers for her until then. She’ll be watching!

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