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Obituaries: Bishop, Hogue, Osswald, Balint


Katherine Bishop, 92, match factory worker, church member

HUDSON—Katherine B. Bishop, 92, of Hudson, formerly Philmont, died Tuesday, April 3 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hudson, March 30, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Sara (Kellerhouse) Bernockie.

Mrs. Bishop was employed with the former Universal Match Corporation in Hudson in the friction department and was a member of the Bible Baptist Church.

She was the widow of Willard C. Bishop, who died in 1997.

Survivors include: her children, Willard Bishop of Ghent and daughter Elizabeth Coleman of Hudson; one brother, Frederick Bernockie of Claverack; a sister, Lillian Alger of Danbury, CT; seven grandchildren; many great and great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was also pre-deceased by a brother, Arthur Bernockie and sisters, Elizabeth Jeffers and Anna Stickles.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Monday, April 9, 7 p.m. at the Bible Baptist Church, 1323 German Church Road, Ghent. Arrangements are with Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, Greenport.

Dorothy Hogue, 69, administrator, liked embroidery

HANCOCK, MA—Dorothy M. “Dot” Christiansen Hogue, 69, of Hancock Road died Tuesday evening, April 3 at her residence under the care of Hospice Care in the Berkshires surrounded by her loving children.

Born in Pittsfield, MA, March 6, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mabel Scace Christiansen.

A lifelong resident of Hancock, Ms. Hogue was a 1961 graduate of New Lebanon High School. In her early years, she worked for Taconic Telephone in Chatham. She retired in 2006 as the human resources administrator for Jiminy Peak in Hancock, where she worked for 29 years. In retirement, she worked for Elder Services of Pittsfield.

She enjoyed embroidering, animals, bird watching and gardening. Ms. Hogue’s true love was her family, especially her grandchildren and their activities whether it be skiing, soccer, chorus or horseback riding. She never missed an event.

Survivors include: her three children, Jon D. Hogue and his wife Margaret of Lunenburg, MA, Stephen M. Hogue, Sr., of Hancock, MA, Teresa A. Gorham and her husband Gene of Rutland, MA; a sister, Evelyn Harrington of Lanesboro, MA; her grandchildren, Jacob Hogue, Jessica Hogue, Stephen Hogue, Jr., Kayla Gorham; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by siblings, Charles “Luke” Christiansen and Elsie Williams.

According to Ms. Hogue’s wishes there will be no formal services and burial will be private. Relatives and friends assembled at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown, Friday, April 6 to share stories and celebrate her life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society, 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or online at

Julia Osswald, 68, supervisor, liked to spend time with family

POUGHKEEPSIE—Julia E. Osswald, 68, of Poughkeepsie, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born August 14, 1943 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Julia A. (Feldhusen) Osswald and Herman Osswald, Jr.

Ms. Osswald was a senior supervisor with the New York State Department of Labor in Poughkeepsie for more than 47 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially on their trips to Ireland together.

Surviving are: her brother, Herman G. “Buzz” Osswald and his wife, Norene  of Greenport; a nephew, Ryan J. Osswald and his wife, Jennifer of Catskill; a niece, Robin Osswald of Hudson; a great-nephew, Dylan Osswald of Catskill, a great-niece, Molly Osswald of Catskill; many cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York 10065.

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Donald Balint, 81, longtime match factory worker, sportsman

STUYVESANT FALLS—Donald E. Balint, 81, of County Route 25, died peacefully at his home, Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Born in Germantown, August 17, 1930, he was the son of the late John and Agnes (Miller) Balint. He lived in Stuyvesant Fall’s for most of his life. Mr. Balint was employed by the Universal Match Corporation for 38 years until it closed. He was also a school bus driver for Pulcher’s Motors for many years and worked for George Herrmann Heating and Cooling.

As a young man, he had many passions, some of which were baseball, hunting, fishing and pony racing. He was a standout pitcher and hitter in the county baseball league. He played softball and coached Little League for many years.

He married in 1951 and was loved by and cared for by his wife for more than 60 years. He was a life member of the Stuyvesant Fall’s Fire Company, having held every line office through the years. He served as a fire commissioner until his death. He was a life member of the Columbia County Fire Chiefs’ Association and was a past president. He was a life member of the Glencadia Rod and Gun Club, an 18 year veteran of the New York National Guard, Company B, retiring with the rank of sergeant first class. He also attended Emanuel Lutheran Church in Stuyvesant Falls.

He was the beloved husband of Grace M. (Matte) Balint; the loving father of Sharon Svingala, Dale, Robert (Tanya), Donald (Kathleen), Cathy (Fred) Eggleston.

Also surviving is his brother, Gene (Maureen) Balint; sister, Diane (Paul) Earing; 14 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; his in-laws, Barb and John Delamater and Mrs. Ivan Moore; many nieces, nephew, cousins and an aunt and uncle.

He was predeceased by his sister, Katherine Metz.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 10, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, lnc., Route 9, Valatie with the Reverend Mark Frickey officiating. Interment will follow in West Ghent Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday, April 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be to Emanuel Lutheran Church, Stuyvesant Falls or the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company. The family thanks all the staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital for all the compassion and care given to Mr. Balint during his illness.

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