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Kathryn Belitza

September 3, 1923 October 6, 2017
Kathryn Belitza
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Kathryn H. Belitza passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. She was 94.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska on September 3, 1923, Kathryn was the daughter of John Lannon and Marie Harder Lannon Mitchell. She was married for 56 years to her wartime sweetheart, Michael Belitza, a WWII combat engineer, who predeceased her in 1998.
Kathryn is survived by her two daughters, Susan Cabrera and Sandra Belitza-Vazquez and her husband, Mario; four grandchildren, David G. Cabrera, Matthew M. Cabrera, Dr. Jennifer Vazquez-Bryan and Mario Michael Vazquez; and seven adored great-grandchildren, Owen, Emmett, Alton, Phoenix, Zoe, Amalia and Alysha. She was predeceased by her brother John Dixon Lannon, and sister Lela Darling Lannon.
Kathryn worked at Castle Point Veterans hospital and a state mental hospital before raising a family. She lived most of her life in New York before retiring to Florida in 1988, to enjoy the sunshine, and returned to New York in 2008 to be closer to her family. While living in Queens, NY, she lovingly cared for ten foster children over a span of eight years, from their births until their adoptions at one-year of age.
She loved bowling, reading, playing the piano and cats and dogs. Her great-grandchildren brightened her days at Elant at Fishkill Nursing Home in Beacon, New York, where her great-grandson Owen, helped her blow out the candle on her cake at her 94th birthday celebration just last month.
The family would like to thank “Ya Ya” at Elant at Fishkill, and the staff of the Pulmonary Care Unit of Vassar Brothers Medical Center for their compassionate care.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home Inc. in Newburgh, NY. A graveside service with military honors will be conducted on October 26 at 11:00am at Fishkill Rural Cemetery, Fishkill, NY. For directions, or to send a condolence to the family please visit

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Fishkill Rural Cemetery Final Resting Place

801 route 9
Fishkill, NY 12524-2505

801 route 9 Fishkill 12524-2505 NY
United States

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