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George A. Balella

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George A. Balella Obituary
Balella, George A. of Florissant, MO, born March 3, 1929 in Newark, NJ. George was a devoted family man who defied the odds to spend as much time as he could with his loved ones. Even on March 28, 2014, it seemed he refused to take his final rest until the family members who surrounded him assured him they would take care of the woman he adored and was married to for over 60 years, Mary Balella (nee Dias), aka Honey-bun. She held his hand and sang I'll See You in My Dreams as he finally decided that his work here was finished. George and Mary were a great team, he worked to keep the extended family strong and secure, Mary was the social glue who kept everyone connected. His family includes children Mary Ann (Tom) Ford, Mark (Lori) Balella, Valerie (Tom) Stine, George (Joanne) Balella Jr., and Katie (Mike Coop) Balella. Grandchildren are Anthony (Hannah Perkins) Ford, Jamison Ford, Alexandra Balella, Matthew Balella, Samantha (Alex) Foltz, Brandy (Elliot) Voris, Angie (Ben) Geiger, Stephanie Stine, Rachel Balella, Kelsey Balella and Mia Balella. They have given him seven surviving greatgrandchildren and twins that he will join in rest. George's father died when he was young but his extended Italian family was always around for support. George served in the Army, fighting in Korea for 18 months. He returned to become an aerospace engineer, and eventually took on two partners to start a successful business. George and Mary loved to travel, but he was happiest at home sitting quietly amidst the chaos as his family socialized around him. We will always save a seat for you, Dad. Services: Funeral from HUTCHENS Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd, Florissant 9:15 a.m., April 3 to St, Norbert Catholic Church for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at Hutchens Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, please contribute in his name to Little Sisters of the Poor, or Arc/St. Louis Metro. on-line guestbook at www.hutchensmortuary.com

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2014
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