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Marie (Balfe) Richardson

1930 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Marie (Balfe) Richardson Obituary
Marie Balfe Richardson


Marie Balfe Richardson died on March 12 after a long illness.

Marie was born in Beacon, New York, the home town of her parents, John T. Balfe and Ann Keating Balfe. She grew up in Westchester County, New York, the second of four daughters. She graduated from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1952. She began her teaching career in Indiana and continued it in New York. While taking graduate courses at New York University she met her future husband James F. Richardson.

Marie and Jim had five children, Moira {John Fenwick), Pierce (Karen), Kieran (Lynn Savage), Margaret (Jan Karl Lorenzen), and John (Stina Booth). Both Marie and Jim taught in New York and New Jersey before moving to Ohio in 1967 when Jim accepted a faculty position at The University of Akron. Marie taught in Ohio for fifteen years and subsequently ran a home decorating business. Marie cherished her house and garden and spent much of her limited free time beautifying them. In 2005, illness led Marie and Jim to sell their beloved house to move to a continuing care retirement facility in Arizona close to two of their children, who were incredibly supportive during her last years.

Marie is also survived by five grandchildren, Shannon Johnson, Ben, Brian, Dan and Shaun Richardson; and her sisters, Eileen Balfe Harrigan and Margaret Balfe.

The family recommends that those who wish to make remembrances do so to the .
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 16, 2014
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