Charlotte (Rudolph) Ball
Born 1914 in Utica, NY
Died 12/14/2009 in Syracuse, NY

Charlotte Rudolph Ball December 14, 2009 On Monday, December 14, Charlotte Ball died at Crouse Hospital, after a brief illness. She was 95 years old. The daughter of the late Bernard George and Lena Rudolph, she was born in Utica, New York, but raised and lived the rest of her life in Syracuse. She graduated from Nottingham High School and attended the University of Michigan. In 1939, she married Donald Ball of Utica and they moved to Syracuse in 1941. As a homemaker, she raised three daughters and led an active life of charitable and voluntary activities. These included the Camp Fire Girls, the Lighthouse for the Blind and WCNY\\'s Read Out Program. Mrs. Ball was pre-deceased by her loving husband of 66 years, Donald; her son-in-law, John, husband of daughter, Kathy; her only grandchild, Daniel Benjamin; and her sister, Sara Lee Blacher. She is survived by her daughter, Judith Ball (Barry Sirota) of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, Kathy Gaubatz of Coral Gables, Florida and Jancy Ball of Syracuse. She is also survived by her brother, J. B. Rudolph of Sarasota, Florida; sister in-law, Jean Ball of Des Moines, Iowa and former brother-in-law, Richard (Maggie) Blacher of Boston; and nieces, Nicloe Ball (Milton Leitenberg) of Washington D.C., Amy Present (Ellen Parker) of Boston and Lisa Blacher of Providence, Rhode Island and nephews, Ronald (Anne) Rudolph of Tampa, Florida, Richard (Franci) Rudolph also of Tampa, David Ball (Cherry Madole) of Des Moines, David (Betsy) Present of Seattle and Rick Present of Mexico. She is survived by many grand-nieces, grandnephews and cousins as well as her god-grandchildren, Tamara Garrison and Arthur and Erica Erignac and their children, William and Clio. She leaves devoted aides Kay Smapson and Sandy Martin and many friends at the Nottingham in Jamesville, where she spent the last nine years. Charlotte Ball was a devoted, wife, caring mother and loyal friend, who saw the world through an insightful and moral lens. She was intelligent, honest and an inspiration to her loving family and friends. Despite her long, full life, she will be sorely missed. She will continue to live on in their hearts forever. Memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. on Friday, December 18, 2009, at Temple Society of Concord, 910 Madison Avenue. Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the Temple. Contributions may be made to Temple Society of Concord, or Hospice of Central New York, 990 7th North St., Liverpool, NY 13088. Birnbaum Funeral Service Inc. Please sign the guestbook at

Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on Dec. 17, 2009
Burial Location
Donald J. Ball Esq
Born 1911
Died 9/12/2005