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OBITUARIES: Shutts, VanAlstyne, Pinkowski, Hatfield


Charlotte L. Shutts (1938 – 2022)

HILLSDALE—Charlotte L. Shutts, 84, of Hillsdale passed away peacefully at her residence December 25, 2022. She was born in Great Barrington, MA, March 29, 1938 to the late Ralph and Sylva (Wolcott) Shutts.

She graduated from Roeliff Jansen Central School in 1955 and Siena College in 1984. In 1955, she began her career with Farmers National Bank as a proof clerk. She retired July 13, 2005 from Key Bank in Copake as branch manager.

Ms. Shutts was a member of the Hillsdale United Methodist Church before she transferred to the Craryville United Methodist Church, where she served as their financial secretary. In 1992, she, along side Judi Mills, co-founded the Christmas Friends of the Roeliff Jansen Christian Community.

She served as the organization’s coordinator since its founding. She was a member of the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and of the Roe Jan Area Young-at-Hearters, serving as treasurer. She also was involved with the Friends of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library which she served in various positions including president, treasurer and secretary. She enjoyed traveling, reading, doing puzzles, crafts and genealogy.

Ms. Shutts is survived by: her nieces and nephews, Jeanette (Donald) Seaman of Hudson, Gayle Rogers of Daltona, FL, Sheila (Rick) McCagg of Ghent, Sandra Conley of Delmar, Delores Coons of Hudson, Milford Rogers of Hudson and Cheryl Race of Dover Plains; also many great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and dear friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Ralph Shutts Jr., who was killed in World War II, and Alfred Shutts; sisters, Helen Hotaling and Evelyn Rogers; nephews, John Rogers, Claude Rogers, Mark Shutts and Phillip Race.

A funeral service will be held Friday, December 30, 2022 at 11 a.m. from the Community United Methodist Church, 1669 County Route 7A, Copake. Interment will follow in Hillsdale Rural Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, P.O. Box 669, Hillsdale 12529.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake.

Teddy VanAlstyne

Theodore K. VanAlstyne (1948 – 2022)

CHATHAM—Theodore K. VanAlstyne, 74, of Chatham passed away suddenly December 23, 2022. He was known as “Teddy” to everyone.

He was born April 27, 1948 to the late Robert and Harriet VanAlstyne.

He was predeceased by his brother, Francis (Roger) VanAlsyne and sister, Sandra Marshall-Ojeda.

He is survived by: his beautiful wife of 45 years, Barbara E. VanAlstyne; his children, Ted, Jr., Terry and Stephanie VanAlsyne; grandson, Daimiyn Bonhotel, whom he adored; his daughters, Bernadette, Chawanda, Kenta and Amanda; brothers, Warren (Linda) and Baren VanAlstyne; sister, Paula Jones; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was a jack of all trades. He was a cleaner for the People’s Pub. He loved to fish and paint. He also loved spending time with his family and going to Rudd Pond for some fun and relaxation. He will be incredibly missed by many.

There will be a celebration of life for Mr. VanAlstyne in April. The family will announce details in the future. Condolences may be conveyed at

Larry Pinkowski

Lawrence H. Pinkowski (1959 – 2022)

VALATIE—Lawrence “Larry” Henry Pinkowski, 63, of Valatie, formerly of Stottville, died Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at The Grand at Barnwell.

Born in Hudson, January 8, 1959, he was the son of the late Henry and Patricia Pinkowski.

Following graduation from Hudson High School where he “lettered” in football and swimming, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and began a 20-year career as a professional chef. He later earned his degree in architectural tech from CGCC and worked as an architect for CI Associated Architecture in Albany.

Surviving relatives include: his brothers, Steven Pinkowski of Myrtle Beach, SC, William (Sonya) Pinkowski of Dallas, TX, Michael (Bernadine) Pinkowski of Houston, TX, David (Cheryl) Pinkowski of Conway, SC; his aunt, Sandy Pinkowski of Kinderhook; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Susan Novak, and brothers, James Pinkowski, and Paul Pinkowski. Calling hours and funeral services are planned for Wednesday, January 4, 2023 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will be at 5 p.m. with Fr. Steve Matthews officiating. Memorial contributions are requested to the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. To leave online condolences visit

Doris Hatfield

Doris A. Hatfield (1930 – 2023)

GHENT—Doris Anna Hatfield, 92, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2022 peacefully in her sleep.

Born June 21, 1930 in Gerittsen Beach, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Jacobson) Sondermann, the second of five children.

She is survived by: daughter, Cathy Akin; son, Mark (Pam) Hatfield; grandchildren, Josh (BJ) Schrader, Sarah (Carl) Welch, Peter (Kyle) Hatfield and Colin Hatfield; great-grandchildren, Bryar, Hunter, Emma, Darren, Jemma, Maxwell and Ciaran. She will be remembered fondly by close family and friends. She was predeceased by: her husband, Arthur; granddaughter, Cheryl Kohler and son-in-law, Douglas Akin.

Graveside services for family and close friends will be held in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Valatie. Arrangements are under the direction of the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church or Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene.

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