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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Linda B. Stackman
January 9, 1951 - March 30, 2020


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Donation - Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research - 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797 - 516-737-1550 - Map

Linda B. Stackman, 69 of Albany, New York and Bradenton, Florida passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 after an extended and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on January 9, 1951 to Charlotte and Harry Feingold in New York City. Linda graduated from Bayside High School in Queens, New York and from SUNY-Albany. She also received a master’s in social work at SUNY-Albany. Linda’s professional life was devoted to public service. She spent most of her career working in health policy development for the New York State Department of Health, retiring in April of 2009. Linda was committed to universal coverage and was known as a superb analyst and writer. She was most proud of her role in helping to establish New York State’s Child Health Plus program, which brought universal coverage to children. She launched a program partnering with community-based organizations to help with enrollment, a program that flourished and expanded, and today is an integral part of enrollment efforts for New York State of Health.

Linda was an inspiration to all who knew her as she battled and refused to be defined by her cancer. She decided early on to face her disease head on with incredible determination. She showed a level of courage very few could equal. Her strength, positive outlook and sense of humor had a huge effect on everyone she came in contact with. Linda was kind, generous and loyal, and fiercely devoted to her family and friends. She loved to travel, and was also a prolific reader and an animal lover of the highest order. She dearly loved her pets over the years including, Maggie, Piranha, Freckles, Smoky and Jeter.

She was preceded in death by her father Harry Feingold and her step-father Ralph Pliskin. She is survived by her loving husband P. Gannon FitzPatrick, her mother Charlotte Pliskin, her sister Andrea (Edward) Finkelstein, step-sister Joanne Sheeron, her dear friend Judith Arnold, step-daughter Tina (Bill) Herchenroder, step-son Eric (Kathy) FitzPatrick and five grandchildren Emily, Sarah, Grace, Julia and Joshua.

There will be no memorial service at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797 www.lustgarten.org/donate/.

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