Phyllis M. Balzekas
1934 - 2014 PERU Phyllis M. Balzekas, 80, of Peru, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 28, 1934, in Somerville, Mass., the daughter of the late Clarence E. and Dorothy E. Aiken Sampson. She was educated in Westfield schools and had attended Westfield State. Predeceased by her second husband, Ralph J. Balzekas, Phyllis was primarily a homemaker, and had owned and operated Carl's Bait and Tackle Shop, in Hinsdale, with her first husband, Carl E. Hallock, from 1965 to 1985. She was also a member of the First Congregational Church of Hinsdale. Phyllis is survived by her five sons, Charles Hallock of Pittsfield, John and his wife, Valerie Hallock, of Peru, with whom she lived, James Hallock of California, Mark Hallock and his wife, Kathy Ragusa-Hallock, of West Stockbridge, and Roger Hallock of Odessa, Fla.; her two daughters, Sherry and her husband, Steve Midoneck, of Pearland, Texas, and Sally and her husband, Mark Rivers, of Odessa, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Furlani of Westfield, and Virginia Stevens of Cohassett, Mass.; two brothers, Robert Sampson of Lanesborough, and James Sampson of Williamstown. She was predeceased by her brothers, Walter Sampson and John Sampson. FUNERAL NOTICE: The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday from 12 to 1 p.m. at the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Burial will be at a later date.
Dery Funeral Home
54 Bradford Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 27, 2014