Catherine F. Debold


Catherine Frances Debold of Warwick, NY, born on December 17, 1929, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2020.  She was surrounded by her loving family, in person and in spirit.

Catherine was born and raised in Belleville, New Jersey, the granddaughter of the town’s first Police Chief (Michael Flynn). She was the second oldest daughter of Belleville Police Lieutenant, John “Sugar” Flynn, and Mary “May” Flynn (nee Dunn). Growing up with her in Belleville were her three siblings: Therese, Michael and Patricia, 23 aunts and uncles and 19 cousins. She graduated in 1947, with First Honors from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Newark, NJ, and joined the Public Relations Department of New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. before marrying her husband of 65 years, Joseph “Joe” Debold in 1954, at St. Peter’s Church in Belleville.

Together, they began their greatest adventure, raising their seven children, first in Nutley, NJ before moving to Warwick, NY, in 1970. Catherine was an active member of St. Stephen’s Church, having led and been a decades-long member of the Sodality of Our Lady, as well as a C.C.D. instructor. In Warwick, she also took great pride in being a member of the dedicated office staff at the Herbert Kania Pediatric Group for nearly 15 years. And for the many, life-long friendships that she and Joe have made together.

Whenever asked what her greatest accomplishment was, without hesitation she would say it was her seven children and fifteen grandchildren, whom she viewed as her greatest gift from God.  She reveled in each of their achievements, never missing a sacrament and celebration, and attending every track meet and game possible. With every triumph or milestone, she would share in the joy, saying “Oh happy day!”

Hers is a story deeply woven into the fabric of America. The granddaughter of an Irish immigrant, she was born at the start of the Great Depression, to a veteran of World War I who played minor league baseball against Babe Ruth, and on the same team as Lou Gehrig.  Her mother helped in the effort to win women the right to vote as a Suffragette. Growing up in the 1940’s she watched her uncles and neighbors go off to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, and saw her fiancé, Joe, drafted into the Korean War in 1951. These experiences, along with her large and supportive family as well as a remarkably strong faith, made her a natural at raising children. She was able to comfort and guide her kids through every challenge and triumph from the 1950s into the 21st century. She was another one of a great generation that will be greatly missed by all her family and loved ones but who feel so fortunate to have been part of her story.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Joseph Debold; her children: Joseph (Gloria), John, Daniel (Barbara), Gerard (Rosanne), Maureen (Walter), Ned (Stephanie), and Kathleen. She will also be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Michael, Daniel, Kevin, Timothy (Brynn), Victoria, Katie, Bryan, Gerard, Matthew, Kerry, Colin, Maria, Andrew, Jordan, and Finn.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Catherine's memory to St. Stephen RC Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick, NY 10990.

 Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, private arrangements were made by Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home

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Dear Mr D, Joe, John, Danny, Maureen, Gerry, Kathleen, and Ned, My heart broke when I heard of the loss of dear sweet Mrs D. She was one of the loveliest and most welcoming people I knew. No matter the day, she always (and I mean always) had a warm smile on her face, and a kind thing to say. A woman of great faith, who loved her family and friends deeply. One of our greatest blessings in moving to Warwick, was to have Mrs D and all the Debolds in our lives. Mrs D was such a wonderful friend to my mother, especially during her illness. She was always there for my mother with bedside visits, phone calls, and prayers. They chatted over many a cup of tea together. I imagine the two of them right now, ‘catching up’ over tea in Heaven. God bless Mrs D. God bless you all. Mrs D will live on, in all our hearts. You are, and will continue to be, in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerest Sympathy, Isabella Clemente
Isabella Clemente
Kate and family, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your mom was such a kind and lovely person and it was a pleasure to know her. We are keeping you all in our prayers. Love, JeanMarie and Jim Campbell
JeanMarie Campbell
We were so saddened to hear of Aunt Khac's passing. (We've always called her "Aunt Khac" but never really knew how to spell it.) An angel on Earth has now returned to Heaven. We love you guys and look forward to being with you all in person to remember your sweet Mother and Grandmother. -- Love and hugs from the Flynns in Franklin Township, NJ.
Julie Flynn
Dear Joe, Please accept my deepest sympathy and extend My condolences to your family, Sincerely, Terry
Terry Quint
To the Debold Family, Wishing you all comfort during these hard times. Your Mom was the nicest person! I have wonderful memories of her growing up. I will never forget her smile and kindness. God Bless! Patty Goodrich, Frank Lacalamita and Family
Frank Lacalamita & Family
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