Catherine Fraser

Obituary of Catherine Fraser

Catherine A. Fraser, of 23 South Shore Road, lost her battle with lung disease on March 8, 2015 in Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital in Florida, while on vacation.

Cathy was born on October 6, 1946 in Olean and was a daughter of the late Mark and Frances Fay Griffin. On November 27, 1971, she married William D. (Bill) Fraser at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean.

Cathy graduated from Olean High School in 1964 and was a Medical Secretarial Major at Alfred State College.

Cathy's initial employment was at St. Francis Hospital and she spent 26 years there, working her way from Ward Clerk to Administrative Assistant with hospital departments reporting to her. She was a risk manager at both Olean Hospitals. After multiple wrist surgeries that caused a disability, Cathy worked for Community Bank, The United Way of Cattaraugus County, and the Cutco Visitors Center. She was the first director of the Olean City's Bartlett House and Museum.

Cathy was very proud to be a member of the OHS Class of '64 and served as her class agent multiple times for reunions. She served as a member and officer of the OHS Alumni Association for 19 years. She was currently co-president of the Cuba Cheese Museum. She worked as a volunteer and fundraiser for multiple causes.

In retirement, Cathy and Bill travelled to Florida and North Carolina for 3 months a year. She spent hours cross-stitching, blessing relatives and friends with wall hangings, table cloths, towels, bibs, and etc. She also enjoyed parlor games, was super competitive with them and loved to enforce the games rules on other players at the table. She was a voracious reader and a New York Yankee Fan. She loved to go to the Casino and stop for dinner at Moonwinks restaurant. She loved her family and friends.

Along with her loving husband, Cathy is survived by her brothers, John and Jim (Debbie) Griffin; her sisters, Mary Jo (Bill) Sliger and Jean (Paul) Abdo; her mother-in-law, Rose Fraser; her sisters-in-law, Janet (Jim) Thompson and Ellen Hewlett; and 13 nieces & nephews in 9 states.

She was predeceased by her parents, and her father-in-law, William Fraser.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., #24 Genesee Parkway, Cuba, New York 14727. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, March 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic Church, 50 South Street, Cuba. The Rev. Dennis J.J. Mancuso, Pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Church, will preside. Burial will be on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Olean.

Memorials may be made to the United Way of Cattaraugus County, 807 West State Street, Olean, New York 14760 or the Cuba Cheese Museum, P.O. Box 34, 12 West Main Street, Cuba, New York 14727. Checks for the Cuba Cheese Museum may be made to Friends of Cuba Architecture/Cuba Cheese Museum. Online condolences may be made by clicking on the button above.