Katherine M. Ball

Katherine M. Ball, age 61, of Johnstown passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at the Mountain Valley Hospice House, Gloversville, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Manhattan, New York, on May 16, 1952, she was one of six children born to Wilfred Hamel and Almeta Thorne Hamel. The family moved to the Gloversville area in 1954 and she attended Gloversville Schools.

On May 10, 1969, she married David K. Ball. Kathryn was employed by Universal prior to their closing. Kathy enjoyed her grandchildren, riding motorcycles, camping and attending Americades/Harley Rendezvous.

Survivors include her daughter Alicia M. (George J.) Pesci of Johnstown, her son Davey K. Ball of Johnstown and her grandchildren Collin D. Ball, Hannah M. Ball and Davey K. Ball, Jr., all of Johnstown.

She is also survived by her sisters Margie Flint of Gloversville, Betty (Benjamin) Steele of Mayfield, Carol (Everett) Hauser of Delano, Tennessee, and Diane (Gary) Wilcox of Etowah, Tennessee; her brother Fred Hamel of Ocala, Florida; her companion along life’s way over the past 8 years, Brian Ellis of Mayfield; and her sister-in-law Sally Ball of Glens Falls.

Katherine was predeceased by her husband David K. Ball, who passed on December 6, 2004, and daughter-in-law Belinda A. Ball who passed on August 4, 2009.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher Street, Johnstown, with the Rev. Dr. R.W. Williams officiating.

Visitation for friends and family will be on Wednesday prior to the service from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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