PORT KENT, N.Y. €" Patricia Ann "Pat" Hannah (Stevens), 68 years young, of Port Kent, N.Y., passed peacefully from this earth at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends, on July 27, 2007, after an 18-year challenge with breast cancer. Pat chose to view her cancer as a challenge rather than a catastrophe.

Pat was born in Trenton, N.J., on May 19, 1939. She was the daughter of Annette (Wierzbowski) and Ellsworth Stevens and the stepdaughter of Richard Gronostajski, all whom predeceased her.

Pat has said farewell to her loving family, whom she lived with, a beloved daughter and caregiver, Tara (Hannah) and her loving and supportive son-in-law, Joseph Dukette; three dear and caring grandchildren, Shara and Tasha Cronin and Orion Stearns; her best friend, Glo Daley of Huntington, Vt.; a brother, Tim Stevens, who predeceased her, a brother, Richard "Mark" Gronostajski and his wife Chris Campbell of Buffalo, N.Y.; a sister, Kristine (Stevens) and her husband Joseph Piazza of Medford, N.J., a sister, Marcia (Stevens) and her husband Jules Sabo of Bordentown, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews. Also, her special friends, George, Martin, Henry and John, all of her co-workers at Clinton County ARC, especially Pat Rock, the YMCA water aerobics gang and her very dear friends from H.O.W.L. and Vermont.

Pat was a 1957 graduate of Trenton High School. She also earned an academic award for Community Residence Training and certificate in individual studies at North Country Community College in 1984. Pat was also particularly proud of a historical study that she did involving many elderly residents of Essex County, N.Y., in the 1980s.

Pat was a dedicated and devoted employee of the Clinton County ARC for 23 years. She regarded her job as an important extension of her personal life and thoroughly enjoyed helping others fulfill their dreams and aspirations. Pat was a passionate, high spirited gal who experienced all that she could squeeze into life on a daily basis. Pat's ultimate sport was kayaking, but she also enjoyed sailing, biking, swimming and water aerobics, hiking, camping and anything else the great outdoors could offer her. She also enjoyed cooking, decorating, parties, dancing and shopping, mostly for colorfully coordinated clothing and crocs.

It's no wonder that such a person would be referred to as "The Energizer Bunny." A special message of thanks and gratitude go out to Dr. John Griffin and all of the wonderful staff at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center who were involved in helping Pat with her lengthy challenge against breast cancer.

Memorial calling hours will be held at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Keeseville, N.Y., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friends wishing to remember Pat may make memorial contributions to H.O.W.L. Women's Community, (Pat was an active member of this women's non-profit community), Clinton County ARC, or the FitzPatrick Cancer Center. Please mail contributions to: Tara Dukette, P.O. Box 200, Port Kent, NY 12975.

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