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Joni E. Balestrieri, lost her battle with cancer on June 23, 2011 at her home in Sun City, Az. Joni was born to Marian and LeRoy Eberle on April 30, 1949 in Lima, Ohio. The family moved to Phoenix in 1962, where Joni graduated from Alhambra High in 1967. It was here she met her husband of 40 years, Frank Balestrieri. Joni is survived by Frank, son Travis Paul, Dad, LeRoy Eberle, grandchildren, Destiny & Quentin and brother, Greg (Mary). Joni was preceded in death by her mom, Marion and daughter, Joelle. Joni's love of animals led her to her career of pet grooming, where she eventually started her own mobile grooming business. Joni made many friends and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Her services were held at Advantage Maryvale Mortuary with interment at West Resthaven Cemetery.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 29, 2011