3/5/1946 – 9/26/2020
Belinda Jurutka Monaster 74, passed away on September 26, 2020 after a long illness.
Belinda was born March 5, 1946 in New York City to Peter and Elizabeth (Bradac) Jurutka. She was a graduate of Arlington High School and Dutchess Community College. Belinda married the love of her life, Joseph Monaster, and they were blessed with three children.
Linda was a loving and caring daughter, sister, wife and mother. She was a devout Catholic and was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Lake, Roman Catholic Church in Carmel, New York.
Linda’s vocation was serving as Director of Birthright for Putnam County for 25 years, helping hundreds of women facing unplanned pregnancies as well as providing support and guidance for their family and friends. In addition to her service with Birthright, Linda also provided loving and nurturing foster care for 23 newborn babies, from birth until some times, as long as 6 months until their adoption process was completed. Caring for the babies was her passion but she found the most difficult part of this selfless service was having the babies leave for their new homes to loving families. She also worked with Abby’s House for Kids.
Belinda is survived by her beloved husband, Joseph, her children, Joseph Monaster and Jonathan Monaster. She is also survived by her siblings, Peter, John, Paul, Judy, Helen and Karen. Linda was tragically predeceased by her 20-year-old son, Peter Monaster and also by her sister, Betsy.