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OBITUARIES: Batten, Letourneau, Frederick, Shattenkirk, Friss, Mackey, Hunt, Confer, Gansowski



Robert M. Batten (1937 – 2023)

Bob Batten

COLLEYVILLE, TX—Robert McLean Batten of Colleyville, Texas, went to be with his Lord, Friday, May 12, 2023.

He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather to those who knew and loved him.

He was born May 23, 1937 in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. to Percy Eugene Batten and Eleanor Marie Schlegel.

“Bob” retired as district service manager after a long successful career with GM Cadillac in Detroit. Upon retirement he enjoyed building and flying RC airplanes. He was a member of Greater Southwest Aero Modelers in Fort Worth, TX. He enjoyed the camaraderie of flying with other members of the club. One of his great joys in life was when his sons and their families took him to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, WI. He enjoyed trap and skeet at the Arlington Sportsman Club in Mansfield, TX.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed military history including World War II in which his uncle “Skeeter” served in the Marines and was the first to step foot on Japanese soil. His uncle received a special commendation award presented to him personally by the President of the United States. He especially enjoyed learning about the longest war in the history of the U.S.—the American Indian Wars.

Mr. Batten is survived by: his wife of almost 65 years, Patricia A. Kittle of Colleyville, TX; sons, Todd M. Batten (Debbie) and Kurt R. Batten (Trish); grandchildren, Aaron T. Batten, Kendall L. Batten and Casey N. Batten. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Barbara Batten Fecteau and Patricia Batten Alessi.

There will be a calling hour June 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. Services will follow there at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Ghent Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church in Mr. Batten’s name through the funeral home. Condolences may be conveyed at

Anna M.P. Letourneau (1932 – 2023)

HUDSON—Anna M. (Pezze) Letourneau, 90, passed away Monday, June 12, 2023.

Anna Letourneau

She was born November 24, 1932 in Sheffield, MA, to Samuel and Margaret (Funk) Pezze.

Survivors include: her son, Wayne Letourneau; daughters, Joanna (Thomas) Geno and Susan Willis; her grandchildren, Charles Bradway, Jr., Leeanna (Peter) Merante, Alison (Raeman) Willoughby and Zachary Willis along with great-grandchildren, Grayson Merante, Garrett Merante, Graham Merante and Raegen Willoughby and Hunter Willis.

She was predeceased by her husband of more than 70 years, Joseph G. Letourneau; her son, Joseph G. Letourneau, Jr., and grandson, Beau R. Letourneau.

A graveside memorial will be held at a later date in the Old St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Copake Falls.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Columbia–Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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Paula A. Frederick (1939 – 2023)

Paula Frederick

GHENT—Paula A. Frederick (nee Demianczyk) passed away June 15, 2023 at the Ghent Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness with her husband and family in close attendance. She was born October 27, 1939 in Troy to her parents, Mary and Paul Demmianczyk. She grew up in Castleton.

After graduating from Maple Hill High School, she went to nursing school at St. Peter’s Hospital and worked as a registered nurse at Brady Maternity Hospital. While in high school, she met David Frederick and they were married in 1961. They raised three children and moved around for his job until settling in Chatham in 1972.

Mrs. Frederick eventually returned to nursing, which included working at the Chatham Clinic. Then she switched gears and became a Realtor for many years. She was very involved in her church, St. James, including as the director of the religious education program, serving as a trustee, and part of their RCIA program with her husband. She loved seeing her grandchildren and visited them wherever they lived; she loved gardening, flowers, bird watching, and reading.

She is survived by: her husband of 62 years, David; her daughter, Christine Ossenfort and her husband Craig and their children Trevor, Tyler and Taylor; her son, Jeff Frederick and his wife Pat and children Chelsea and Alex; her daughter, Wendy Sacco and her children Julianne and Alison; her brother and his wife, Steve and Bonnie Denianczyk.

She was predeceased by her brother, Allan Demianczyk.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. James Church, Chatham Wednesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the St. James Cemetery, Wednesday, July 12 at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to St. James Church or a favorite charity. Arrangements were with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

Corrie H. Shattenkirk (1983 – 2023)

Corrie Shattenkirk

SLEEPY HOLLOW—Corrie Honora Shattenkirk, 39, of Sleepy Hollow (Westchester County), passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 10.

Born July 18, 1983, she was the daughter of Chuck (Lisa LaBrie) Shattenkirk and Darla (Richard) Skiermont.

She is also survived by her sister, Jill (Mike Mescia) Shattenkirk; her brother, Sean (Kate Minahan) Shattenkirk; her niece, Evelyn Mescia and nephew, William Shattenkirk; her aunts and uncles, Maureen and Dave Mooney and Kate Shattenkirk and Mark Byrd; and uncle Bill Van Alstyne; and step-sisters, Emily (Garrett and Rosie Kipp) Maresca and Kate Maresca, in addition to many other cherished family members and friends.

Her friendships were the heart and soul of her life, with many beginning in elementary school at Ichabod Crane. Her closest friends were Kristen (Clark) Boyar, Melissa (Donohue) Vooris, Sarah Daggett, Josh Meyer and Kate Stein.

She was an accomplished traveler. She made a solo cross-country road trip and hiked in several national parks across the Midwest and South. She loved meeting local people, learning about the culture, and trying new foods.

As a certified midwife, she was trusted counsel for several friends and family members throughout their pregnancies, deliveries, and postpartum experiences. She considered it an honor, priority, and great joy to provide this intimate and crucial birthing support. She also cared deeply about women’s and reproductive rights.

She valued working in underserved communities, and providing support to anyone who needed an advocate. Her fluency in Spanish was a skill she held dearly, as it enabled her to communicate effectively and empathetically with her patients and their families, and she was often called upon to interpret for colleagues and other caregivers.

She and her mom shared a passion for Duke basketball and had a spirited rivalry with the “misguided” UNC fans in her family.

As a talented and creative cook, she loved to bring family and friends together through dinner parties and picnic spreads. She had a unique, impeccable, and spontaneous sense of humor, was a captivating storyteller.

She was a certified nurse midwife at Open Door Family Health Center in Port Chester (Westchester County), and at Hudson River HealthCare in Poughkeepsie.

She received a Master of Science degree in midwifery from Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City in 2013, completing clinical placements at Phelps Memorial Hospital/Open Door Family Medical Center in Sleepy Hollow and Hudson River Health Care in Peekskill.

In 2005, she graduated from Colby College in Waterville, ME, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a minor in biology. She completed a semester of study abroad in Spanish Literature at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

A 2001 graduate of Ichabod Crane High School, she was a National Merit Scholar Commended Student. She was a member of the girls’ varsity basketball team that won back-to-back Patroon Conference Championships, and made significant contributions to the ICC girls’ varsity soccer and track and field teams.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life Saturday, July 22, 4 p.m. at 35 Shadow Church Lane, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OneWorld Community Health Center, at, dedicating the gift in memory of Ms. Shattenkirk.

Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home in Valatie. Visit to read Ms. Shattenkirk’s obituary in its entirety.

Theresa Friss (1968 – 2023)

STOCKPORT—Theresa Marie Friss, 55, of Stockport passed away Thursday, June 8, 2023. Born March 8, 1968 in Albany, she was the daughter of Edward J. and Susan (Hamilton) Maikels.

She was a loving, caring person, who was taken too soon. Her compassion was evident in her career as a certified nursing assistant, caring for in-home patients. She is now reunited with her mother in heaven, along with all those that she loved.

She is survived by: her brother, Joseph Maikels, Sr.; nephews, Camren and Antonio Maikels, Joshua Laurange, and niece, Melanie Maikels. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Charles “Chuckie” Friss.

Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Bates and Anderson – Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home.

Ethel M. Mackey (1952 – 2023)

Cookie Mackey

VALATIE—Ethel “Cookie” Marion Mackey, 70, of Valatie passed away peacefully at her home, June 17, 2023.

Born in Hudson October 1, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Laura (Mazal) Hagadone and the wife of Joseph Walter Mackey of Valatie.

She was a graduate of Ichabod Crane Central School, Valatie and was employed for many years as a nurse’s aide and unit secretary at the Barnwell Nursing Home, Valatie.

Besides her husband Joe, she is also survived by: her daughters, Christina (John) Brooks and Amanda (Walter) Roberts, both of Stuyvesant; her sisters, Jane Williams of North Carolina and Tracy Mattice of Hudson Falls; her brothers, Daniel Hagadone of Valatie and George Hagadone of Kinderhook; her grandchildren, Aaron Mackey and Brandon and Austin Roberts. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Sonny, Arnold, David, Kevin, William, Katherine, Nellie, Robert and Sissy.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 21, noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie with the Reverend Nick Becker officiating. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Valatie.

Donations in Mrs. Mackey’s name may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, Hudson 12534.

Stewart G. Hunt (1985 – 2023)

Stewart Hunt

ANCRAM—Stewart Guy Hunt, 37, of Ancram passed away unexpectedly June 15, 2023 after responding to an emergency call for Ancram Fire Department. Despite the valiant efforts of first responders, he could not be revived and passed away at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Hudson November 24, 1985 to William and Kathleen (Boothby) Hunt. He graduated from Taconic Hills Central School in 2004 and began taking classes at Columbia- Greene Community College. He went to work for the Town of Hillsdale highway department and then became a motor equipment operator for Columbia County Highway, where he currently worked. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and being in the woods. He also was a frequent golfer, who tried to swing the club at least twice a week.

He was no stranger to fire service and service to his community. He followed in the footsteps of his father. In 2002, he began with Ancram Fire Department and served until 2008. In November of 2011 he joined Greenport Fire Department, with Becraft Pumper Company #2, where he made the rank of lieutenant until 2015. From July 2016 until December 2021 he was a member of Taghkanic Fire Company. In September 2022, he rejoined Ancram Fire to continue serving his friends and neighbors. Also, he was a former EMT and driver for Community Rescue Squad.

He is survived by: his wife, Stephanie Shumsky-Hunt and their son, Zachary G. Hunt; his parents, William and Kathleen Hunt; brother, William C. “Topher” and his wife, Jamie Hunt; uncles, David and Daniel Hunt, and George (Amy) Boothby; nieces and nephews, Emily and Joshua Hunt, Emily and Owen Shumsky; his mother-in-law, Janet Shumsky and brother-in-law, Jeffrey (Shannon) Shumsky; his cousins, Hillary Kelley, Abby Holmes, David and Brian Hunt; his godfather, Jim Campion also survives.

He was predeceased by: his grandmother, Marjorie Boothby; grandparents, William (Harriet) Hunt; cousin, Stephen Hunt and father-in-law, Thomas Shumsky.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, June 23, 2023 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Peck & Peck Funeral Homes, 8063 Route 22, Copake. A Fireman’s Prayer Service will be held at 6 p.m. with Deacon Richard Washburn officiating. Fire department personnel who wish to pay their respects are encouraged to attend beginning at 6 p.m. A full firematic funeral will be held Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Hope Parish, 8074 Route 22, Copake Falls. Interment will follow at Ancram Union Cemetery.

Donations in Mr. Hunt’s memory are requested to the Ancram Fire Department, and will be used to establish a college fund for his son, Zachary. Note Zachary’s College Fund in the memo line.

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Thomas C. Confer, Jr. (1983 – 2023)

HUDSON—Thomas Clayton Confer, Jr., 40, of Hudson died Friday, June 16, 2023 at his home.

Born April 28, 1983 in Hudson, he was the son of Thomas Confer and Elizabeth Ann Loheit.

“Tom” worked locally as a handyman. He is survived by his daughter: Paighten Confer, brother Isaiah Jones and sisters: Liz Loheit-Stewart and her husband Andrew and Tanisha Loheit.

Memorial services will be planned and announced at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sacco Funeral Home, Greenport.

Barbara M. Gansowski (1944 – 2023)

CLAVERACK—Barbara M. Gansowski, 78, of Claverack passed away Sunday, June 18, 2023. Born September 29, 1944 in Hudson, she was the daughter of DeWitt and Mary (Cady) Sheldon.

She loved nature and all of its beauty. She especially enjoyed bird watching, and flowers. She was devoted to her grandchildren, and cherished every moment she was with them. She was a member of the Ghent Reformed Church, and she was there at every church function she was able to volunteer for. In the summertime, she looked forward to Friday Night Music in the Park at the Greenport Town Park.

She will be forever loved and remembered by her husband of 55 years, John Gansowski; her children, Darrin Gansowski, Heidi Howard and Beverly (William) Whitbeck; six grandchildren, Ashley Blish, William Whitbeck III, Aryal Gansowski, and Jensen, Jonah and Jadyn Howard; two great-grandchildren, Maddin Bowen and Cody Blish; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: her sisters, Beverly, Pat and Phyllis; her brother, Harold, and son-in-law, Christopher Howard.

Visitation at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home will be held Wednesday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon followed by funeral prayers at noon. Interment will be in West Ghent Cemetery.

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