Bertha Ligenza, 96, died July 31, 2018, at the Cold Spring home of her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Cynthia Ligenza and Tony Moore.
She was born July 19, 1922, in Enfield, Connecticut, to Aniela (Nelly) and Franziszek (Frank) Ludwin and lived there for 94 years. She married Walter Ligenza, who died before her. After being diagnosed with lymphoma, she moved to Cold Spring in 2016 to be closer to family.
In her younger years, Bertha excelled in sewing and sketching, upholstering, playing and arranging music and dancing. She played mandolin, mandola and violin and was part of a local orchestra as well as playing duets and trios with her siblings. She was an avid reader.
Her daughter Cynthia said she is grateful for her exposure as a child to chamber music and to reading aloud A History of the World, The Merchant of Venice and other works (“The quality of mercy is not strained. / It falls like the gentle rain from heaven.”)
Bertha’s first job was with the Bigelow Sanford carpet factory. She excelled in typing and stenography; her employment was of this type until she retired in her early 70s. Bertha loved planting trees and could expertly fly a kite and sew costumes. She cared for many people in her family who were ill and elderly, including her mother and father, husband, sister and sister-in-law. She was extremely physically fit and did Tai Chi, floor and bed exercises, the latter until the last month of her life.
While in Cold Spring she enjoyed the flowers surrounding her apartment; live music at home, at the Ritz Lobby and at the First Presbyterian Church; a ballet at Bard Summerscape; and theater at the Philipstown Depot Theatre. She came to sit at the neighborhood lake on Trout Brook Road. She made wonderful friends in Cold Spring who visited, brought her books and shared lively conversation and love. The cats were very helpful. She had compassionate care from the staff of Hospice of Westchester and Putnam and a number of gentle and caring aides.
Besides her daughter and son-in-law, Bertha is survived by a sister, Helena.
A memorial service will be held Saturday Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. at the Clinton Funeral Home, 21 Parrott St., in Cold Spring. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Adalbert’s Church, 90 Alden Ave., in Enfield.
Memorial donations may be made to the Enfield Public Library, the Philipstown Depot Theatre for its youth programs, the Haldane School Foundation or Children International for its Music for Development program.
Information provided by Clinton Funeral Home.