February 11, 2009
He was born on June 17, 1921 in Augusta, Georgia. He moved to Catskill when he was three years old with his parents Oscar and Anna Bloom Sorge. They had a boardinghouse on Landon Avenue where Pollace's is now located. He attended Grandview School and Catskill High School. He was one of those attending the high school when it was near Irving School and after its destruction by fire, attended classes scattered throughout the village and finally at the current location of the middle school. He was in the National Guard prior to enlisting in the US Army on November 21, 1939. He was one of the first to join up before Pearl Harbor. He served in Italy with the 70th Corps of Engineers until the end of World War II. He resided in New York City until 1976 when he returned to Catskill and owned Grandview Books, second-hand book shops in Catskill and Hudson.
Oscar was a member of the First Reformed Church in Catskill, having served on their Consistory, in addition to Honeyford Memorial American Legion Post 110 and Sullivan-Teator VFW Post 770, where he served as Chaplain and on the Honor Guard.
He is survived by his wife Eden Sorge, daughter Reta Sorge, and three grandchildren: Summer Sorge, Iris Laves, and Atticus Laves.
Private cremation was conducted at Albany Rural Crematorium under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill. A memorial service will be held in the First Reformed Church on Friday, February 20 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Vicky Eastland, officiating. Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery East's Veteran's Section. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene at 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414.
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