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                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

330.262.7771

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE

330.262.7771

Elizabeth (Betty) Katherine Balke, age 97, passed away peacefully on Oct. 8, 2022, at Danbury Senior Living in Wooster, Ohio.  Betty was born on April 11, 1925, in Harrison, Wisconsin, daughter of the late William and Ann Behling.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Dennis.

Following her graduation from high school in Marion, Wisconsin in 1943, Betty graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and taught commercial business courses at various high schools.  Betty also taught for many years as a substitute teacher for the School District of the City of Erie, Pennsylvania and as an instructor of English as a second language (ESL) to new citizens at the English Learning Center in Erie.

Betty is survived by Roy L. Balke, her loving husband of 73 years, children: Robert (Margaret) Balke of Atlanta, Georgia; William (Denise) Balke of Grosse Pointe, Michigan; Barbara (Bennett) Kalie of Wooster, Ohio; and Karen (Richard) Stein of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren:  Sarah (Rob) Holden, Andrew (Lindsey) Balke, Michele (Brad) Eickhorst, Michael (Katelyn) Balke, Lindsey (Vladimir) Godosev, Blake (Katie) Kalie, Tara (Chaz) Bondarenka, and Chelsea Stein, as well as eight great-grandchildren and one more expected this coming spring:  Landon, Sydney, Daisy, Samuel, Zora, Cash, Emilia and Josie.  Betty is also survived by her brother William (Lee) Behling of Menasha, Wisconsin.

Private funeral services will be conducted with family attending in Wooster, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691 or on the web at ohioshospiceLifeCare.org

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, OH is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

Memorial Contributions:

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691 or on the web at ohioshospiceLifeCare.org

Service:

Private funeral services will be conducted with family attending in Wooster, Ohio.

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