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Katherine E. Balles

November 8, 2012
The Leader Herald

Katherine E. Balles passed away November 2, 2012, at Albany Medical Center after an accident in Fulton County. She was born in Amsterdam N.Y. on November 9, 1914, daughter of the late Frank and Antonina Pianowski Krasicki. Katherine was the last surviving child as her sister, Mary died before her tenth birthday and her sister, Frances Grabowski died in Brooklawn, N.J. in 1977. Her brother, Thomas Krasicki passed away in Gloversville in 2004.

In 1935 she married John Niedbalski from Schenectady, N.Y. They had one daughter, JoAnne A. Kichton; and five grandchildren, William Kichton, Bruce Kichton, Beth Whitman and Brian Kichton, all of Mayfield and the late Robert Kichton.

Katherine was widowed on November 28, 1957. On New Year's Eve, 1970, she married Theodor Balles. They both worked for the 3M Company in Schenectady until the plant closed. They then moved to Florida. Katherine had three stepchildren, Sylvia, now deceased, Delores Piccirillo of Chandler, Arizona, and Esther Hasler of Sheboyagen Falls, Wisconsin. Katherine had six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and many stepgreat-grandchildren.

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Katherine eventually moved back to New York, then to Mayfield to be near her daughter, JoAnne.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012, at The Church of The Holy Spirit, 149 S. Main St., Gloversville. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kobuskie-Konik Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. Please visit the family online guestbook at



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