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Obituary of Anna M. Balducci

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Anna M. Balducci, a beloved mother, Nana, and friend. Ann was also a cherished member of the Dryden community. Her nurturing spirit enriched the lives of her family and those fortunate enough to know her. Her Italian recipes, shared with love, became a cherished part of family gatherings and community events. She taught 2nd grade at Dryden Elementary for 35 years and in Canastota, NY. Anna peacefully left us at the age of 88, at Kingston Memory Care in Perrysburg, OH, leaving behind a legacy of dedication, compassion, and love.

Born on July 9, 1935, in Homer, NY, Ann’s journey began with a passion for education and a commitment to shaping young minds. She devoted her life to the art of teaching, sharing her knowledge, wisdom, and culture with generations of students who were fortunate to be under her care. Her warmth and patience created an environment in which every child felt valued and inspired to learn. Many remember her creative teaching methods that ignited a lifelong love for learning in those she taught, as well as the aspiring teachers she mentored.

Upon her retirement, Ann continued to contribute to her community by volunteering her time to local charitable organizations. She was an active member of Hobby Club, Dryden Book Club, sewing clothes for the poor, volunteering at Holy Cross Church in Freeville, NY and making blankets for the homeless. She taught Catechism at Holy Cross, participated in Story Hour at the Dryden library, and was a substitute teacher for many years after her retirement.

Ann was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Ernest Balducci in 2022, her parents, John and Clara (Ciaschi) Galeotti, and her brother, John Galeotti., Jr of Homer. She is survived by her twin daughters, Laura (David) Barned of Perrysburg, OH and Laureen (Erik Winge) Balducci of Morgan Hill, CA as well as her granddaughters, Emma and Clara Barned of Perrysburg, OH.

Ann’s memory will live on in the hearts of her family, friends, colleagues, and the countless lives she touched during her career. As we bid farewell to this remarkable woman, we will remember her for the love she gave, the lessons she taught, her beautiful smile and laugh, and her selfless giving.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 24, from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM at Perkins Funeral Home in Dryden, NY. A Catholic mass to celebrate Ann’s life will be held on Friday, August 25, beginning at 10:00 AM at Holy Cross Church in Dryden, NY. A private family burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Homer, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Tompkins County ASPCA or the Alzheimer’s Association in Ann’s honor.

Ann’s light will continue to shine in our hearts, reminding us of the lasting impact a dedicated educator and compassionate soul can have on a community. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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