Usha Mittal

Obituary of Usha Rani Mittal

It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Mrs. Usha Rani Mittal (née Gupta) on March 18, 2023, following a four-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. She died peacefully in her home, surrounded by family and friends.

Usha was born on June 23, 1948 in New Delhi, India, as the third of eight children. She obtained her M.A. and B.Ed. degrees, both in Hindi, from Delhi University. In 1971, she married Dr. Kashmiri Lal Mittal, Ph.D., and immigrated to the United States. Usha and Kash lived in Pennsylvania (State College and Philadelphia) and California (San Jose) before settling in New York (Poughkeepsie, Hopewell Junction), where she made her permanent home.

Usha was very active in the Indian community in Poughkeepsie. Initially, she was the Secretary of the Mid-Hudson India Association. When the new Hindu Samaj Temple was built in Wappingers Falls, she became a Trustee of the Temple as well as the Cultural Secretary. In this capacity, Usha played a lead role in organizing the annual Diwali and Holi programs, cultural pageants that showcased the many talents of the community. She was also instrumental in forming the Teen Group, a youth group in which children aged 10-18 learned about Indian culture, participated in various activities, and made lifelong friendships. Former members of the Teen Group still talk about how much the group meant to them and the pivotal role that Usha played in shaping their childhoods. In 2001, the Hindu Samaj gave her a Distinguished Service Award in appreciation of her decade of outstanding service and dedication as the Cultural Secretary from 1990 to 2000. As a Trustee, Usha played a pivotal role in the building of the current temple, which was completed in 1997. When her service as a Trustee ended in 2007, she was honored with the Hindu Samaj Award.

Usha also leveraged her education to teach Hindi to local children in the temple and in her home, as well as to adults at Vassar College. Furthermore, she was a deeply pious woman and was very active in the Havan program at the Hindu Samaj Temple. Usha was known to be ready and willing to help anybody in the community; she never said no to anyone who needed something, and many people can attest to this fact.

Outside of the temple, Usha was a Hindi movie connoisseur, talented seamstress, do-it-yourself extraordinaire, and ultimate multi-tasker, while being an ambassador of the Indian community.

Usha was a wonderful mother and she raised four beautiful children. She is survived by a large immediate family: husband Dr. Kashmiri Lal Mittal; son Dr. Rajesh Mittal; daughters Anita Agarwal, Nisha Mittal, and Dr. Seema Mittal Patel; sons-in-law Ashok Agarwal and Nitin Patel; daughter-in-law Dr. Payal Mittal; grandchildren Aakash Agarwal, Sarika Agarwal, Sahana Mittal, Diya Mittal, Kushali Patel, and Armaan Patel; and granddaughter-in-law Abhilasha Agarwal.

Usha will be sorely missed by her family and friends. May she rest in peace. We hope that her new incarnation will be wonderful.

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Visitation/Funeral Service

10:00 am
Monday, March 20, 2023
Straub, Catalano & Halvey Funeral Home
55 East Main Street
Wappingers Falls, New York, United States
(845) 297-2610
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