Catherine V. Balint, nee Thill, 96, of Belleville, Ill., born Oct. 23, 1919, in Aurora, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at Liberty Village, Maryville, Ill.
Catherine was a caring wife, mother, and grandmother, who always put family first. Later in life, she worked in medical records. She was a volunteer for various organizations, including the Ladies of St. Henry's, Meals-on-Wheels, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Catherine was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, John L. Balint, who died March 19, 1988; two grandsons, Nathaniel Lucarelli and Cameron Joseph Schrage; her parents, Frank and Maria, nee Schank, Thill; three brothers, John (Louise) Thill, Michael (Catherine) Thill, and William (Rose) Thill; three sisters, Teresa (Lawrence) Worland, Marion Thill, and Betty (Frank) Larrabee; two sisters-in-law, Veronica Allen and Emma Balint; and a brother-in law, George (Mary Ann) Balint.
Surviving are her five children, Mary Anne (Ron) Lucarelli of Fairview Heights, Ill., Nancy Balint of Belleville, Ill., Bill (Susan) Balint of Belleville, Ill., Therese (Ron) Leasburg of Manteo, N.C., and Celia Mullikin of Creve Coeur, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Dr. Mark (Heidi) Lucarelli, Dr. Mike (Karen) Lucarelli, Lisa (Marcel) Schrage, Shawn, David, and John Balint, Damon Veremakis, and Jason, Jenny, and Lauren Mullikin; eight great-grandchildren, Katie, Rebecca, and Benjamin Lucarelli, Missy Baker, Evan, Lindsey, and Justin Schrage, and Leah Grace Balint; and many nieces and nephews.
Thank you to those who faithfully cared for Catherine, ministered and visited her while she was in Liberty Village.
Memorials may be made to St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., to St. Henry's Oblate Residence, 200 North 60th St., Belleville, Ill. 62223, or in the form of Masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Rev. Kenneth York officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Feb. 28 to Feb. 29, 2016