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Elizabeth "Betty" Muhlig

September 8, 1939 ~ February 27, 2017 (age 77)

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Greenwich-Elizabeth “Betty” Muhlig, 77, of Greenwich, formerly of Salem, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017 at Glens Falls Hospital following a brief illness.

Betty was born September 8, 1939 in Troy and was the daughter of the late John C. Thompson, Jr. and Gertrude (Freisinger) Thompson.

Betty was a 1957 graduate of Catholic Central High School in Troy and following graduation, she worked in the directory department of the New York Telephone Company for five years before leaving to start a family.

After her children were grown, Betty began a new career working for fifteen years as an independent journalist with the Glens Falls Post Star.  During the intervening years, she returned to her earlier study of piano and was accepted as a student by the late concert pianist Stanley Hummel of Albany.  She was actively involved with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, volunteering in various fund raising activities, transporting guest artists to and from Albany County Airport and was later invited to join the SPAC Advisory Board.

In 1978, Betty and her family relocated to Salem from Clifton Park to restore a historic home.  She enjoyed gardening, harvesting and preserving vegetables, classical music and playing her piano.

Betty was the first woman to be invited to join the Salem Rotary Club and subsequently served as its President.  She was a longtime communicant of Holy Cross Church in Salem and a member of the Altar Rosary Society.

In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by a brother, John C. Thompson, III.

Betty is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Frederick N. Muhlig whom she married June 9, 1962; her children, Frederick C. Muhlig and his wife Jennifer of Davie, FL, Joseph F. Muhlig of Woodstock, GA and Karen E. Pelton of Salem; seven grandchildren, Gina, Anthony, Liam, and Broghan Muhlig, Lizzie, Jack and Caroline Pelton.

Betty is also survived by her three sisters, Maryrose Thompson and Virginia Hinds of Clifton Park and Gertrude Quinones of Troy; a brother, Michael Thompson and his wife Alba of Pembroke Pines, FL.

Calling hours will be on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 4-7 pm at the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Holy Cross Church, 249 North Main Street, Salem with Rev. Liam Condon officiating.

Interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery in Salem.  A reception will be held in the church hall following the services and everyone is invited to attend.

The family strongly suggests that in lieu of flowers that those who wish to remember Betty in a special way make memorial contributions in her name to the Salem/Shushan Fuel Fund, P.O. Box 412, Salem, NY  12865 or the Salem Food Pantry, C/O 83 Pitts Hill Lane, Salem, NY  12865.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Salem/Shushan Fuel Fund
P.O. Box 412, Salem NY 12865

Salem Food Pantry
C/O 83 Pitts Hill Lane, Salem NY 12865

 Service Information

March 3, 2017

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home
19 East Broadway
Salem, NY 12865

Funeral Mass
March 4, 2017

11:00 AM
Holy Cross Church
249 North Main Street
Salem, NY 12865

March 4, 2017

12:00 PM
Holy Cross Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Salem, NY 12865

March 4, 2017

12:30 PM
Holy Cross Church
249 North Main Street
Salem, NY 12865

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