HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Catherine Stern Balloffet passed away July 19, 2015 after a long illness.
She was born July 6, 1952, and grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson. After graduating from Hastings High School, she attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and SUNY Brockport, from which she received an undergraduate degree. A masters degree in social work followed from Columbia University in 1980.
She began her career as a licensed master social worker for the Presbyterian church working at Riverside Cathedral. Later, she worked for the Westchester Association of Retarded Citizens at various locations. At Family Services of Westchester, she ran the enriched housing program at Maple House in Ossining. She was office manager at the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester, Ossining for five years until 2010.
Simultaneously, she volunteered as a social worker/teacher at the after-school program at the Ossining Community Center. Other volunteer activities included serving as president of The Greater Ossining Community Dialogue ("More Than Getting Along"). She was a member of the police advisory board and of the Ossining Planning Council/Communities that Care. She participated in the outreach committee for the Ossining Children's Center.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Claudio Balloffet, and her sons, David and Nicholas and brother Eric Alan Stern. She also is survived by her mother Ruth Stern and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father, Arthur Alan Stern.
A memorial service will be conducted from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Leach and Thomas Funeral Home, 32 State St., Ossining.
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