Catherine Drebitko

Catherine Jean Drebitko (Schoeffler)

Thursday, December 13th, 1928 - Sunday, April 26th, 2020
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Catherine Jean Drebitko,91, passed a way on Sunday April 26, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. She was a long time Rotterdam resident.

Born and educated in Schenectady, Catherine was the daughter of the late Jacob (Fred) and Catherine (McGrath) Schoeffler and a graduate of the Mt. Pleasant High School.

A homemaker, Catherine was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed her flower gardens and watching the birds in her back yard, reading mystery books, shopping, swimming and watching old movies.

Devoted to her family, Catherine was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Simeon J. Drebitko and her brother Fredrick Schoeffler. She is survived by her sister, Mary Dyrgall. She is also survived by her children, James Drebitko of Schenectady, Thomas Drebitko of Eureka, MT, Susan Drebitko (David Buchli) of Scottsdale, AZ, Carol Sowycz (Bert) of Delanson, John Drebitko (Gayla) of Florida and Edward Drebitko (Shelli) of San Marcos, CA, grandchildren, Tamara Coons (Timothy), Kara Drebitko and Seaton Drebitko, great grandchildren, Madison, Bailey, Carlie, Astraeus and Khelus, her sister, Mary Dyrgall of Schenectady and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Friday May 1st at 11 am at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Troy Schenectady Road, Niskayuna, NY. Please follow social distancing guidelines!

Due to COVID-19 a memorial mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in the future.

Contributions may be made in Catherine’s memory to the American Heart Association or St Jude’s Children Hospital.
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  • Service

    Friday, May 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery
    2501 Troy Schenectady Rd.
    Niskayuna, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Please follow social distancing guidelines ! Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a future date.
    Rev. Dominick Isopo
  • Interment

    Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery
    2501 Troy Schenectady Rd.
    Niskayuna, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Doug Zimmer r

Posted at 01:28pm
Dear Drebitko Family -
Catherine was such a wonderful woman. Jim, her oldest, was my best friend in the difficult high school years. Whenever I went to the Drebitko home I always felt most welcome. I am sorry for your loss.
Doug Zimmer, Orange County, California

Jay Primett

Posted at 06:13pm
Although I knew Catherine for fifty years it was the later years I really was able to personally get to know her. As a friend of her eldest son (Jim) there where many times in the sixies Mr. and Mrs, Drebitko would drop us off at the train station for our trips to NYC. Prior to going into the nursing home I would go over to her home and stay with her while her kids were working. We had incredible conversations covering old movies, family stories and changes in the area, Her love of birds and flowers was incredible . Like many mothers her stories of her children gave me insist into her family. Each of her children were the highlight of her life and should be commended on their efforts to make her last years comfortable. J
ay Primett

Barbara Moriarty

Posted at 12:17pm
Dear Susan and family -
I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I remember her as such a sweet person. I certainly spent alot of time at your house as a kid and always felt welcome. Please know that I am thinking of all of you at this sad time. May your mom rest in peace.
Barb Moriarty (Gizzi)

Thomas Ferri

Posted at 07:05am
Tom, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. All my condolences to you and your family. Thomas Ferri

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