National Guard Member From Capital Region Passes Away At Age 33: A Beautiful Heart and Soul Lost

Aiexpress – The passing of a beloved New York Army National Guard member from the region has sparked an outpouring of condolences and tributes.

Heather St. Pierre, a resident of Troy in Rensselaer County, passed away at her home in Cambridge, Washington County on Thursday, January 11, at the age of 33, as stated in her obituary. The cause of her death was not disclosed.

Albany native, St. Pierre, completed her education at Hoosic Valley Central School in 2008. During her time there, she achieved remarkable accomplishments in pole vaulting and track, setting school records.

Afterward, she managed to earn her criminal justice degree from Bryant & Stratton College.

St. Pierre served a year-long tour in Iraq as a member of the Military Police from the Latham National Guard Reserves, according to her memorial.


According to her relatives, she was known for her strong work ethic and exceptional talent in music and art. She had a passion for playing the drums, piano, and keyboard, showcasing her versatile skills in various instruments.

😭💔 To my beautiful big sister Heather St Pierre … I don’t know what this family is supposed to do without you here… Posted by Amanda Lynn Johnson on Thursday, January 11, 2024

The passing of her brought forth an outpouring of sympathy on social media, with Staff Sergeant Joseph Lydon, her National Guard comrade, also expressing his condolences.

“I hadn’t seen Heather since shortly after we came back from Iraq,” he expressed on her memorial wall. “She was an exceptional soldier. A stunning young woman with a kind and compassionate spirit. May she find peace in eternal rest.”

Shannon Eddy, St. Pierre’s aunt, took to Facebook to honor her memory. In her heartfelt tribute, Eddy described her niece as a remarkable woman who radiated positivity and displayed immense strength and bravery.

St. Pierre is survived by her mother, Michelle Johnson-Dotterer, her father, Randy James Johnson, and her siblings: Thomas Hatz, Sara Hatz, Randy Johnson Jr., Amanda Johnson, and Jennifer Johnson.

A military honors funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 25th, at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

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