Melissa Cutting

Obituary of Melissa A Cutting

Melissa A. Cutting, 40, of Staatsburg, NY, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in the Bronx, NY on August 18, 1982, she was the daughter of Manfred and Charlyne Kalkowski. She lived in Fishkill and Pleasant Valley before settling in Staatsburg 3 years ago. On August 10, 2019, she married Christian Hietanen at Arrowood Farms in Accord, NY who survives her at home. Melissa is also survived by her parents, daughter Lyla, stepchildren Larson and Annika (Hietanen), siblings Sean (Pecoroni), Matthew (Kalkowski) and wife Jackie, and Meggan (Kalkowski), and many loving aunts and uncles. Melissa radiated joy and positivity. Her smile could bring light to even the darkest of days. Despite a long battle with breast cancer, Melissa was on an eternal quest to brighten the day, lessen the burden, or improve the circumstance of everyone she metMelissa worked as an RN at TLC Pediatrics before becoming a lead RN for Nuvance Obstetrics/Gynecology in Poughkeepsie. She cherished the patients she cared for and the colleagues she worked with. But for Melissa, her greatest source of joy was her family. She showered them with love and affection in so many different ways, even in her final days. She also loved nature and the energy that it brought her. Her favorite aspects of nature were rainbows and clouds, so when you see a rainbow or an unusual cloud, that is Melissa smiling down upon you. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm at the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.  Burial will be private and at the convenience of the Family.  To send online condolences, please visit our website at In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at: “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of love.” ~ Mother Teresa