Heidi A. Christman

Our loving mother Heidi A. Christman 63, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Born and raised in the coastal communities of southern CT to Kenneth and Beverly Pond until settling in Upstate NY where she and her beloved husband John (predeceased) raised their family in the Village of Ballston Spa.

Heidi loved her role as a stay at home mom raising her six children and their “adopted" friends. She often considered herself a gourmet chef, her specialty being "Crackers and Cheese" (Ritz only). John and her spent most of their years in the antique business collecting and selling and most of all making great friends along the way. Her love of Halloween started on September 1st and lasted till the day before Thanksgiving when her Christmas tree went up. She loved to travel, especially by train. Her love of the ocean was clear to all hoping one day to return to the ocean. She was very proud of her families military history and had the opportunity to share this with her grandchildren.

She had a vivacious personality and never failed to make those around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went, whether it be a walk through the Village or a train ride across the country. She truly loved her laughs with the gang at the "Stoop" and her time with her long time dear friends at Talk Of the Town Auction House. Heidi treasured time with her family and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as "Drammy". Her grandchildren would like to say to her "Thank you for being our loudest cheer leader, we will miss your precious supporting voice, we love you and will miss you always".

She was predeceased by her parents Kenneth and Beverly Pond and her beloved devoted husband John. Heidi is survived by her children Donald Christman, Jennifer Staulters (Clay), Ann Oddy (Noah), Deborah Jourdanais (Justin), Ashley Christman and Amanda Hutchins (Stephen); grandchildren Cody (Somer), Ben, Tyler, Michael, Matthew, Derek, Carrie and Elliot; sister Brenda Pastor; special friends John and Beverly Stanislowsky; companion Tom Klingman, and his loving family.

The family is preparing a local memorial service so her dear friends and family may say goodbye. Her eternal rest will be at sea with her beloved husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“I only care for the lonely sea
and I always will I know,
For the love of the sea is born in me
It will never let me go…”
~Jacqueline Lee Bouvier

Guest Book

Corey Palmatier

My Condolences go out to Donald and his sisters. Mrs Christman was so nice, funny and down to earth. She used to make us kids laugh and accepted everyone. I remember when Donald and I were real young in Cub Scouts how she used to sing Christmas Carols around the Village. Especially the way she sang Parumpapumpum pumpum pum it was just hysterical. She always seemed to bend over backwards and put Mr Christman and her children 1st. Glad to have known your mother and father Donald and glad they were such great people like my own as well. Sorry for your loss. Hopefully my mother and father and your dad can make sure she’s ok up there God bless everyone. Stay Healthy, Safe, and Down To Earth, someone may need you or your help sometime. Blessings - Thoughts and Prayers -

Armstrong Family

So sorry to hear of Heidi's passing. She was such a happy, bubbling person who always made me smile. She will be missed by all that knew her. Our hearts go out to all of her children and grandchildren. RIP Heidi!

PJ Dough

Heidi and I grew up together in the Creek. She was always a good friend, and more importantly a great person. Times were not easy back then but Heidi made the most of life. We lost track of one another over the years, it’s obvious Heidi remained true to herself and to the furtherance of good. God bless.

Bonnie Vidnansky

So sorry to hear about your loss. I enjoyed talking with your mom on my way to get my mail. She always had a big smile as I passed by your house as she was sitting in chair watching the kids.

Peter, Margaret, & Stephen Chamberlain

To my cousins and your children. Words can’t express how deeply sorry we are for the loss of your mom and your grandmother. She was a very special person with a great sense of humor and love for life and we are all better off for having known her and having our memories with her. She was taken too soon.

When your dad passed, one of you girls made a prophetic statement that has stayed with me all these years. In life we have a start date and an end date but it’s how you live the dash in between that counts. Your mom lived that dash well surrounded by love with her family.

Rest in peace Aunt Heidi.

Ray and Millie Otten

Heidi was truly a one in a million person. Her beautiful smile, caring heart, and feisty way will never be forgotten. And that wonderful laugh....
Our thoughts to all you girls and Donald. Take solace in knowing she's at rest with Dad.

Shawn Crete

I am so very sorry for your loss, my life was enriched by knowing your mom. She made me laugh, and I looked forward to seeing her when she would pop in at work to shop. I will miss joking with her, telling her we would take her out for ice cream( which was code for "The Home") Or that I would take her out to 5 guys for a burger(which Jen said she couldnt eat). She was funny, warm, kind, and I see it in her children as well. Rest in peace

Gary Leavitt

I'm so saddened and deeply sorry for her family and friends. My prayers are with you all

Brenda Pastor

They say you can't pick your family, just your friends. I was very lucky to call Heidi both: dear, sweet sister and best friend. Some will say she was my "half-sister" (we have the same Dad), but to me, she always was, simply my sister. We were raised apart for some years when I was younger and she was just shy of being a teenager; but when I came back to my childhood home of Connecticut, we instantly reconnected and she was proud to introduce me as "her sister". In spite of being raised apart, we are so much alike --we even both had six wonderful children!! She could always make me laugh or cry (we would love to reminisce about the good old days) and shared a love of the coast, mysteries, the paranormal, the Autumn season and of course, Halloween. Your sudden passing has left another hole in my heart and I shall miss you dearly, Sis. Until we meet again, rest in peace with your beloved, John. One day we will share another cup of coffee (or two!) and a game of spades.
I love you...Love, your sister, Brenda

Paula Ives

What a loss! She was always smiling and ready to help anyone she could. God truly gained an angel!!

KittaRee Cooke Yester

So sorry to hear this news. I remember her from Stony Creek School. Rest in peace

Rene Pniewski

I was lucky enough to have spent time with Mrs. Christman. I often would ask her to be my adopted mother. Her stories and humor were infectious and the love she displayed for her family was visible a mile a way. A special place will always be in my heart for her. My condolences go out to her children, family and friends.

Molly Hayner

I was absolutely blessed to have known this wonderful women even for a short time. She was always such a bright sunny face to see in town. I am so sorry for the loss of this great lady. You are all in my prayers and know that she is with God.

Lisa (Mann)

We were in Stony Creek School together. You will be missed. May you now be at peace.

Meg Stevens

Heidi was a wonderful village resident. I used to love to read her column in the Ballston Journal, and I enjoyed promoting the village with her. She was a great mom who was so proud of her children. Her passing is a great loss to the village. You are with your beloved John now, rest in peace.

Tom and Cindy Pond

Donald, Jennifer, Debbie, Annie, Ashley and Amanda, We are So Very Sorry to Hear of Your Mom's Passing. She was such a kind and loving " Old Soul " and loved to share all the Pond Family Stories. Which made us laugh until it hurt. Though we hadn't seen each other in a while, her passing leaves a huge void and she will never be forgotten ❤❤❤ May she rest in peace in the arms of the love of her life.

Kathi (Wall) Ackerman

To Heidi's children:

I knew your Mom way back when we were in High School here in CT. I always considered her to be my best and closest friend growing up. We would spend many an after school afternoon or weekend just hanging out, talking, laughing and having fun together. I introduced her to John and the next thing I knew they were inseparable. I was a bridesmaid in their wedding on that cold and snowy night in Feb. 1977. When my parents split up, she was the one who helped me cope with that sadness and loss. When she and John moved to Ballston Spa, we eventually went our separate ways probably due to the distance between us and the fact that she was now married and busy raising her six children and I was busy trying to find my own purpose in life, but I never forgot my wonderful, sweet friend. We wrote a few letters back and forth but far to much time got between us. I reconnected with her thanks to Jen (when I heard that John passed) and kept saying that I was going to get in my car and drive up to NY for a surprise visit. I regret that I didn't just do it!

I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mom...and your Dad. From what I see on Social Media (thanks for accepting my friend request Jen), it looks like she raised you six to be loving siblings and wonderful parents yourselves.

God Bless you all and know that she will always be remembered as my beautiful, fun-loving, June birthday sharing friend.

Rest in Peace Heidi!

Love and sympathy, Kathi (Wall) Ackerman

Jamie Bowen-Quillan

My heart breaks...
Heidi was my "adopted mom" in my high school days. Many days consisted of walking home from school, with Amanda to her house. Heidi would always greet me with a warm welcome, and tell me I didn't need to be "shy". The number of times she would say "you girls are beautiful" we're countless. I can still hear her laugh today!
You are a beautiful woman, with a heart of gold that touched many of us. I will cherish my memories I have, forever.
Rest in sweet peace, Mrs. Christman.

John & Beverly Stanislowsky

Amazing dear and forever loyal friend, actually more like family. Heidi was always cheerful and positive no matter what was thrown her way. We will never forget our long friendship with John and Heidi, and watching every one of their wonderful children and grandchildren grow up. To say she will be missed is a vast understatement. No one who ever met her could ever forget her. I truly hope we will forever be a part of her children and grandchildren's lives. No Mother or grandmother was ever prouder then she. Her stories and recollections of events, past and present, were always as colorful as she was. Rest in peace our dear friend and give John a big hug for us.


She was an amazing woman. I was honored to know her. I am so sorry for your family’s loss.