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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Laurie Gates, 43, died suddenly Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. She resided on Fiske Street in Hoosick Falls with her husband Ken Gates.

Laurie was born on June 30, 1961 in Bennington, Vt., daughter of the late Donald Matatt and Claudia (Sanders) Matatt of Bennington. She graduated from Mount Anthony High School in Bennington and was employed at the National Hanger Company in North Bennington. Laurie enjoyed being with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

Survivors other than her husband Ken and mother Claudia include two daughters, Jill Joy of Bennington and Samantha Gates of Hoosick Falls; a son, Ken Gates Jr. of Buskirk, N.Y.; two sisters, Sally Kramer of Hoosick Falls and Debbie Rock of Bennington; also survived by seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by a brother, Donald Matatt Jr.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 30, at 4 p.m. from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., in Hoosick Falls. Burial will follow the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 2 p.m. until the start of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Karen McGovern Memorial Fund through the funeral home. This fund is used to help cancer patients in the town of Hoosick area with whatever needs they may have.
Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2005
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