11/18/2014 – Elizabeth E. Hunt, Alexandria Bay

11/18/2014 – Elizabeth E. Hunt, Alexandria Bay

Elizabeth (Bette) Ellen Hunt, age 92, formally of Clayton, died Nov. 17, 2014, at the Samaritan Keep Home with her two daughters by her side.

Born March 25, 1922 in Kent, Ohio, daughter of Mayme Joseph and James A. Curtiss. She graduated from Kent State University School. In her early years she worked for Ohio Bell Telephone.

She married Joseph (Pete) Hunt of Alexandria Bay, NY on January 12, 1946 at St. Patrick’s Church in Kent, Ohio with Rev. Father Joseph Lucas officiating.

The couple moved to Clayton, NY in 1956. Bette was active in the American Legion Auxiliary, Colon Couch 821, secretary of the WIBC Bowling Association, and President of the K of C Auxiliary.After moving to Alexandria Bay in 1978, and after the death of her husband in 1983, she became President of E.J. Noble Hospital Auxiliary, a position she held for the next 11 years. She remained a life member of that organization as well as the American Legion transferring from Colon Couch 821 to John B. Lymon 904 for a total of 45 years. Bette was an election inspector for 23 years for the Town of Alexandria, Vice President of the Alexandria Bay Senior Citizens, and a member for many years of the Alexandria Bay Homemakers.

Surviving are her four children, Peter J. Hunt, Lumberton, NJ, Cathryn E. Saunders and companion Albert DeMaris, Salem, NJ, Sally Bogenschutz, Clayton, and Thomas (Dale) K. Hunt, Coral Springs, FL; three grandchildren Catie Bogenschutz, Robert Bogenschutz and Emily Bristol; two great grandchildren, Dylan Patch and Noah McCready; a brother James Curtiss, Vancouver, Washington; a cousin, Annette Warren Smith, Palo Alto, CA.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, J. Joseph (Bogey) Bogenschutz, a brother, William A. Curtiss, and a sister Dorothy Bondar.

At her request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Burial will be in the spring at a time and date convenient for the family.

The family wishes to thank the Samaritan Keep Home staff for the care and attention given to their mother. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Khalid Sindhu and the entire staff at the Nephrology Associates of Watertown for the excellent care and compassion shown to their mother for the last several years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Nephrology Associates of Watertown, NY, 19328 US Route 11, Watertown, NY 13601, or to a charity of ones choice.


  1. Tom Swartz Posted

    Dear Cathy, Sally and family,
    My sincere sympathies for the loss of your mothr.
    Tom Swartz

  2. Lynnette Brown- DuFord Posted

    I have so many good memories of Bette, Pete, Pete Jr., Cathy, Sally and especially Tommy, too many grand babies and nieces and nephews to name. She was always very active in Post 821 American Legion Auxiliary with my mom Mary Liz and the rest of the gals. Ron and I have you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    The DuFord family

  3. Sandra Grimmer Posted

    Sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Poppy Lane Posted

    So sorry for the loss of Ms. Bette. She will be missed at SKH.

  5. Renee Heath Posted

    So sorry to hear of your loss Betty was my grandmothers neighbor “Ruth Edick” she was so good to her always checking in on her I’m sure they are having a great time reminiscing!

  6. susan hudon Posted

    Meme and Bette are neighbors again !!!

  7. Linda Cullen Reynolds Posted

    Cathy, Sally, Pete and Tom, I am so sorry to hear about your mothers passing. Please know that I will be keeping you all in my prayers at this time of your loss. Cherish the memories.
    Linda Reynolds

  8. Louie and Rose Montante Posted

    Our heartfelt sympathy. Her smile and brightness will always be remembered.

  9. Christine Posted

    My condolences to Ms. Bette’s family. She was a beautiful lady. I enjoyed watching the Kentucky Derby with her at Dialysis. I will miss seeing her smiling face.

  10. Renee Reff Miranda Posted

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Patricia Brayen Posted

    To all of Bette’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I went to school in Clayton; have been gone from this area until coming back in 2011. I remember Bette, Pete, and all their children. I especially remember Bette as my mother, the late Dorothy (Graney) Brayen knew her from the Legion auxiliary, K of C auxiliary, and bowling league. I can remember going with my parents to the Legion and bowling, and with my mother to auxiliary Xmas dinners, and seeing and chatting with Bette. She had a great, vibrant personality; everyone who knew her will always remember her. May she rest in peace, and her family and close friends’ memories give them some measure of comfort.

  12. Freddie Thune Posted

    Cathy, Sally, Pete and Tommy
    Sorry to hear of your loss. I will always cherish the memories of all of you, all of us

  13. Lisa Renzi` Posted

    Cathy – Sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was always a bright part of my visits when my Mom lived at SKH. Your Mom was always wonderful with my Mother and made sure to include her. Your Mom was a great lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Nancy Marshall Carefoot Posted

    Pete, Cathy, Sally, and Tom. I’m sad to hear of your mom’s passing. My favorite memory of her is one night when she and your dad were at our house. At that time, we had an old upright piano that my mom had painted chartreuse. Your mom sat down at the piano and played “In the Mood”–we were delighted and I think we made her play it again at least 3 times before we let her quit. It was terrific. I think of her every time I hear “In the Mood”, and will for the rest of my life! It’s a good memory. Prayers for God to wrap His arms of comfort around each of you.

  15. Deb Buechler Posted

    Dearest Cathy..
    I just now read your email..I am so very sorry for your loss..you mom was a terrific lady. I’m glad you were with her and that you had some time together. Sending you love and prayers..

  16. Cathy,
    To you and your family(and her friends): From all of our walks and talks together (Cathy!), I could tell from your stories what a wonderful person and mother she was. And looking at your mom’s photo, how beautiful she was, too. She raised a loving and devoted family who have many fond memories to cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  17. Diane Reff Morinigo Posted

    To all of the Hunt family,

    I knew your mother well and everyone has the same feelings of what a wonderful person she was. I talked to her not long ago at the Samaritan Keep Home and she remembered me. The chat was short but glad I made the time to go in and talk to her. My condolences to you all.

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