Pittstown- Monica Georgette (Robert) Thomas, 77, a longtime resident of Cold Springs Road, died peacefully, Monday, May, 30, 2016, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, with her devoted husband and family by her side, following a long illness.
Born January 20, 1939, in La Prairie, Quebec, Canada, Mrs. Thomas was the daughter of the late Jean-Baptiste and Maxima (Sorel) Robert and for over 59 years the beloved wife of John A. Thomas Sr. of Pittstown, who survives.
After her family relocated from Quebec to the Lansingburgh area of Troy, Mrs. Thomas attended Catholic Central High School.
On March 2, 1957, she married her husband John, and they established a home in Lansingburgh. In 1964, Monica and John purchased property adjacent to the Pittstown State Forest. After clearing the land to create a home site for their growing family, they worked side-by-side to build a new house that they moved into in 1966. As time went by, they created their lawns and many beautiful flower and vegetable gardens that Monica was very proud of.
For many years she was employed as a sales clerk in the parts department of the former Garden-Way Manufacturing Company in Lansingburgh and East Greenbush. She retired in 1997.
Monica was a life member and the first female firefighter of the Pittstown Volunteer Fire Company, where her family has had an active role for many years. She, along with her husband and several others, helped to establish the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps., where she received over three years of education as an E.M.T. and assisted in the training of future members of the Corps in life-saving skills and drills. She was also a member of the Stephentown Senior Citizen Group and enjoyed taking many trips with the club, including traveling to Alaska and cruises to the Caribbean.
Monica had a passion and enthusiasm for celebrating the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, because that meant her house would be full of grandchildren, family members, and friends. She enjoyed watching birds and the animals in her yard and was an avid jigsaw puzzler.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Thomas is survived by her children, John “Jack” and Colleen Thomas of Pittstown, Gary and Doreene Thomas of Pittstown, Justine and John Hudson of Clayton, NC, Colleen and Ron Morello of Pittstown, Charleen and Steven Malek of Raymertown, Georgette and Dean Wagar of Uxbridge, MA, and Claudette and Joe Thornton of Grafton, two brothers, George Robert of Waterford and Claude Robert of Oregon, a sister, Marie-Reine Moniere of St. Remi, Quebec, Canada, thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Resurrection for Mrs. Thomas will be celebrated at Transfiguration South Parish in Speigletown by Fr. Dominic Ingemie on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. Relatives and friends are invited on Thursday, June 2, from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Howard B. Tate and Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7, located in Raymertown.
At the request of the Thomas family, memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to either the Pittstown Volunteer Fire Company, 134 Parker School Road, Johnsonville, New York 12094, or to the American Cancer Society of Upstate New York, 1 Penny Lane, Latham New York 12110, in memory of Monica G. Thomas.