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Doris Mack Gauch

March 5, 2012

Doris E. Mack Gauch, 94

Averill Park - Doris E. Mack Gauch, 94, of Gettle Road died suddenly Monday, March 5, 2012, at her home on Crystal Lake.

Born in Waterford, she was daughter of the late Charles P. and Annie Briggs Mack and wife of the late Benjamin Gauch Sr. She was raised in North Greenbush, a descendant of the VanDenburghs and attended the Little Red School House. Her high school years were spent in Waterford and was a graduate of Waterford High. She worked at Cluett Peabody, then as "Rosie the Riveter" at the Watervliet Arsenal during World War II. In 1944 she married Ben and moved to Averill Park.

Doris and Ben owned and operated Gauch's Card and Gift Shop and Gauch's Appliance Store in Averill Park and West Sand Lake for over 25 years. Doris taught dance throughout the Capital District to all ages, touching many lives for 75 years plus. Twenty-five years ago, she and her sister Catherine Henry organized the Uncle Sam Sparklers, choreographing, designing and hand-making all costumes for the group. She was a member of Dance Masters of America.

She was a communicant of St. Henry's Church in Averill Park and the Altar Rosary Society. She was a very active member of many organizations including a lifetime member of the Averill Park Sand Lake Fire Company, Troy Senior Center, Fort Crailo Daughter of the American Revolution, Dutch Settlers of Albany, and the Rebekah's Interlochen Lodge # 92. Her dedication to volunteering has earned her numerous lifetime awards in her various walks of life.

Survivors include her children, Marianne (William Richard) Lamborne, Canton, MI, Benjamin C. (Denise) Gauch Jr., West Sand Lake and Nancy (Bruce) Paul, Indianapolis, IN; her grandchildren, Lou Ann (Donald) Corellis, Averill Park, Daniel (Christi) Paul, Schenectady, Anthony (Sara) Paul, Valatie, Brian Lamborne, Palatine, IL, Sean (Sarah) Lamborne, Boulder, CO, Dr. Elizabeth Lamborne, Canton, Michigan and Toronto, Canada and Dr. Cara (Steve) Brochu, Biddeford, ME; 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is survived by a sister Margaret Fletcher and was predeceased by a sister Catherine Henry and three brothers Ward Feron Mack, Donald J. Mack and Arthur C. Mack.

Relatives and friends may call at St. Henry's Church Old Route 66 Averill Park on Thursday from 3-7 PM.

Funeral service will be held Friday at 9:30AM at the CHURCH where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. John Provost , Pastor.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Troy.

Contributions may be made in memory of Doris E. Gauch to the Averill Park Sand Lake Fire Company Eastern Union Turnpike Averill Park, NY 12018 or Troy Senior Center, 21 Third Street, Troy, NY 12180.

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