AnnaSue Deette (Lincoln) Cavanaugh died on Sunday, June 10, 2012 in the VNA Hospice House in East Stroudsburg. She was born on June 1, 1945 in Greenville, Texas and grew up in Arlington, Virginia and then Commack, New York. She and her husband of 42 years, Joseph, have lived in Stroud Township since 1974.
AnnaSue was an accomplished musician. She earned a Bachelor’s of Sacred Music from Valparaiso University and a Masters of Music from Syracuse University. She served as a church organist for over 50 years, playing in churches on Long Island and subsequently Syracuse, NY, and Dekalb, IL, before coming to this area. Locally she was organist at First Presbyterian Church in Stroudsburg for over twenty years and then at Christ Episcopal Church in Stroudsburg until she retired in 2007. She was one of the founding members and pianist for the Amma Piano Trio, which has performed locally at the Cohen Recital Hall and the Eastern Monroe County Library. She also earned a Masters in Religious Education from Marywood University and designed and taught a course on Women in Religion as an adjunct faculty member at East Stroudsburg University.
In addition to her husband Joseph, she is survived by four children and five grandchildren. They include, Daniel Collins-Cavanaugh, wife Alethea and son Connor who live in White Plains, MD, daughter Rebecca Barger, husband William and children Charlotte and Billy from Exton, PA, daughter Amy Cavanaugh, husband Alvin Rentsch and daughter Eleanor Cavanaugh from Janesville, WI and son Matthew Cavanaugh and daughter JadeErin Thorning residing in Stroudsburg. Additional survivors include her father Judson Lincoln and his wife Barbra of Inverness, FL, her mother Cora Lou Woodworth and her husband Howard of Lindenhurst, NY, brother Judson Lincoln and wife Dominique, sister Sally Yoshioka and husband Gary, and sister Cynthia DeCusatis and husband Stanley, all living in Maryland, stepsister Karen Herman and husband Chet from South Carolina, and stepbrothers Wayne and James Pantke, both of Florida.
A viewing will be held from 7:00 to 8:30PM on Tuesday, June 12, at the William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Wednesday, June 13, at St. Luke’s Church, 818 Main St. Stroudsburg with the Rev. Thomas D. McLaughlin as celebrant. Private cremation will take place following the Mass.
Memorial contributions in AnnaSue’s name may be made to the VNA Hospice of Monroe County or the East Stroudsburg University Music Department care of the ESU Foundation.