Dec. 13, 1958 – Oct. 19, 2012

Kathleen M. Freshour of Cheektowaga, a former prison counselor who was a volunteer for the News Neediest/United Way annual toy distribution program, died Friday in Buffalo General Medical Center after complications from a recent diagnosis of liver disease. She was 53.

Born Kathleen Ballou in the Town of Tonawanda, she attended Sweet Home High School and Buffalo State College, where she received a master’s degree in criminal justice.As a single mother, Ms. Freshour raised her daughter before returning to school to earn her master’s degree in May 1994. From there, she began work with the state Department of Corrections in 1995. Ms. Freshour worked for more than 12 years as a counselor at the Livingston and Gowanda correctional facilities.

Outside of work, Ms. Freshour volunteered at Crisis Services in the rape and sexual assault advocacy program and at Compass House.

She also promoted family volunteering through the News Neediest/United Way annual toy distribution program.Ms. Freshour enjoyed playing golf and the guitar. She liked to travel and was also fond of the outdoors and camping throughout New York State.

Survivors include her daughter, Erica; a brother, Richard Ballou; and a sister, Karen Christie.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Curtin Funeral Home, 1340 Union Road, West Seneca.