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Obituaries: H. Kathryn Mele

May 10, 2018

February 5, 1942 – May 8, 2018
Cornwall, NY

H. Kathryn Mele, of Cornwall, NY entered into eternal rest on May 8, 2018 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh, NY. She was 76 years old.

The daughter of the late Paul Post and Hazel (Smith) Post, Kathy was born on February 5, 1942 in Newburgh, NY.

Kathy was predeceased by her loving husband of 47 years Louis A. Mele on April 2, 2015.

Kathy was a lifelong resident of Cornwall/Cornwall-on-Hudson who enjoyed travelling the east coast of the country with Lou and relished any time spent with her adored grandsons. She was also an avid doll collector.

Kathryn is survived by her son: William P. Gaffney of Fishkill, NY; her grandchildren: Andrew and Bill; her brother: Paul Post of Middletown, NY; her sister: Helen Post of Cornwall, NY. In addition to her husband, Kathy was predeceased by her brother Joseph Barnett and her sister Lorraine Trainor.

The family would like to thank Drs. Hughes, Joseph and Ruiz as well as the staff of St. Luke’s Hospital 4th Floor for providing tremendous care as well as genuine compassion during Kathy’s illness. Bessa, Rachel, Sue, Debbie, Adrienne, Nadine, Kelly, Sarah, Stacey and Tracy are all truly medical angels.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Contributions in Kathryn’s name may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky 41076 or the American Cancer Society, 121 Executive Drive, Ste. 220, New Windsor, NY 12553.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley Bros. Funeral Home; to send condolences please go to


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