HUDSON FALLS – Catherine “Cathy” A. Benway, 65 of Hudson Falls, passed away peacefully, at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends on Friday, November 3, 2017.
Born on July 18, 1952 in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of Joanne (Cadotte) Moffitt and the late James Moffitt.
Cathy was a 1970 graduate of Hudson Falls High School, where she was the “best ever” Tiger cheerleader.
Following high school, Cathy loved to travel, visiting her brothers all across the country as they installed cable. This love of travel continued throughout her life. For 15 years, the Benway family travelled to Ocean City, Maryland to enjoy the ocean and wonderful times. As a family, they also loved boating and camping on the islands of Lake George. A couple of Cathy’s favorite things were eating fried whole belly clams in Maine and especially her Sunday dinners with family. True to Cathy’s nickname “Martha” for Martha Stewart, her dinners and her home were something that could be in a magazine.
As you could imagine, the center of Cathy’s life was her family and friends. Her granddaughter, Justice held a special place in “Meme’s” heart.
Cathy loved people. Her job as a waitress fit her personality perfectly. She always made the dining experience a truly wonderful time, as Cathy made sure that everything you needed was at your table, most importantly her kindness.
For the past 18 years, Cathy’s workplace and second home was at the Anvil Inn in Fort Edward, where she was loved by every patron and especially her work family. Other restaurants she worked at over the years included the Portage in Fort Ann, the Blacksmith Shop in Queensbury, and Pudgy’s Pub in Hudson Falls. She also worked at many of the Moran brother’s businesses including Henry G’s Restaurant and Moran’s Sporting Goods.
Cathy was a beautiful person inside and out. She had the most loving smile that would light up a room and instantly made you fall in love with her. Cathy gave such love and support to her family and friends. She had the ability to make those around her feel so very important that when you left her presence, you were the one with the smile on your face.
Cathy was a communicant of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls and close to her heart was her involvement in Naranon and Friends of Recovery Warren and Washington.
Besides her father, Cathy was predeceased by her brother, Michael Moffitt.
Survivors include her loving husband of 35 wonderful years, Patrick Benway; her mother, Joanne “Nana” Moffitt of Hudson Falls; her son, Ryan Benway and his partner, Chris Batkay of Hudson Falls; her daughter, Andrea Benway of Hudson Falls; the love of her life, her granddaughter, Justice Harris of Hudson Falls; two brothers, Steve Moffitt and his wife, Connie of Bolton Landing and Gary Moffitt and his wife, Patricia of Westminster, MD; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and the wonderful friends and family that gave their amazing support throughout her entire life.
Cathy’s family sends their many thanks to Southern Adirondack Independent Living, the many Doctors and Nurses at the Glens Falls Hospital, High Peaks Hospice and her family at the Anvil Restaurant. With the love, support and prayers from her family, friends and the entire community, Cathy and the Benway family knew that they were not alone.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls.
Following the Funeral Mass, everyone is welcome to the Idle Hour Club in Fort Edward.
The family suggests that in Cathy’s memory, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Friends of Recovery Warren and Washington, 10 LaCrosse St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839.