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Kathleen ‘Kathy’ Anne Shatt dies at 60; Glen Burnie columnist remembered for commitment to community and family

Kathleen Shatt
Kathleen Shatt (file photo / Staff)

Longtime Glen Burnie columnist Kathleen “Kathy” Anne Shatt cared about her family and community, and that’s how her brother Steve Thomas plans to remember her.

Shatt, 60, died Monday at Hospice of the Chesapeake while surrounded by family. She grew up in Glen Burnie and lived in the same neighborhood and street her whole life, eventually moving two doors down from her parents. From July 1993 to 2017, Shatt wrote bi-weekly community news columns. She also worked for decades as a county employee.

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“It shows her love for family and community,” Thomas said.

Shatt graduated from the University of Maryland with a journalism degree in 1982. Following graduation, she settled in a career with Anne Arundel County moving from the Board of Education office to Community Services, ending her county career at the Office of Planning and Zoning in 2016. She also loved to volunteer and started in 1976, volunteering at schools, churches and others.

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But Shatt always said her best accomplishment was her twin boys, James Morrill and Brian Shatt.

Her hobbies included reading, sewing, gardening, needlework and assorted crafts. As an avid gardener, Shatt was a member of the Ferndale Garden Club for 34 years.

Throughout all that work and raising twins, Shatt continued her local news columns. She wrote over 2,400 weekly columns for the paper. She wrote the Glen Burnie West column, which appeared every Wednesday and Kathy’s People column which appeared every Saturday.

That community work has stayed in the family as Thomas works for the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Thomas said his big sister was his source for moral support.

She was always there for any issues, whether it was him or his children, Thomas said. They would share Sunday and holiday meals.

Elyzabeth Marcussen, who used to edit Shatt’s work, said it was almost like she knew everybody in Glen Burnie. Her columns brought Glen Burnie together.

“She was so polite and sweet and considerate; she was the Consummate Professional,” Marcussen said. “Very careful with her details, an easy edit.”

Marcussen always enjoyed talking to Shatt and loved meeting up with her.

“Talking with her as a mom was my favorite. She just loved her boys, and hearing the news of them was always nice,” Marcussen said. “We had a wonderful professional relationship.”

Her love and involvement in the community is something Marcussen will miss the most. She was a role model for other moms, Marcussen said.

Shatt also worked with Bob Mosier, now a spokesperson for Anne Arundel County public schools.

“Kathy was a shining star in an era of community newspaper correspondents that is sadly gone forever," Mosier said. "She loved her community, and in turn, people loved her back. Those of us privileged to have worked closely with her will always remember her huge smile as she happily shared the stories of the people, places, and events that made her community so special. She was an extraordinary person, and we are all better for having had her in our lives”

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Shatt is survived by her son Dr. James Morrill and his husband Taylor Morrill; son Brian Shatt; father of her children Heinz “Roy” Shatt; Mother Annette (Appleby) Thomas; sister Michele (Thomas) DeGrange and husband Ed DeGrange Jr.; brother Steven Thomas and wife Elena (Sophocleus) Thomas; nieces and nephews Eddie DeGrange, Michael DeGrange, Despina Thomas, Christian Thomas, and Nautica Lane. She was preceded in death by her father, James C. Thomas.

A viewing will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Both take place at Kirkley-Ruddick Funeral Home, 421 Crain Highway, S.E. in Glen Burnie.

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