Catherine Martinez
Catherine Martinez

Obituary of Catherine Martinez

Catherine M. Martinez, 73, a longtime Rhinebeck resident, passed away on Sunday, December 17th, 2017 at the Health Alliance- Broadway Campus in Kingston, NY.

Born on August 27th, 1944, in Gallup, NM, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Julia (Castaldi) Gruda. Cathy married D. Michael Martinez on May 25, 1978 in Rhinebeck, NY and he survives at home.

For over 20 years, Cathy worked as the Director of Risk Management for Upstate Services Group in Lake Katrine, NY and also worked as Certified Personal Trainer.

Always active, Cathy was an avid skier, golfer, and bike rider. She was a longtime and devoted ski coach at Windham Mountain Ski School and also worked in the race division where she was known to all her athletes as "El Jefe"

In addition to her loving husband, D. Michael Martinez of Rhinebeck, she is survived by her son, Chris Martinez of Glen Cove, NY; a sister, Julie Ann Ramirez of Gallup, NM; her brothers, Frank "Sonny" Gruda, Jr and Richard Gruda of Gallup, NM; loving nieces and nephews Skipper, Stephanie & Mike, Bob & Steve, and Jeff, along with all of her grand nieces and nephews. Cathy was the glue that held all of these people together and made them a family.

Funeral services and interment will be private.

A Celebration of Cathy's life will take place after the holidays.

Memorial donations may be made in Catherine's memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718,or at

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY.

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