Michael Baluk 1921 - 2011 SOUTH LEE Michael Baluk, 89, of Pleasant Street in South Lee, died Wednesday at Berkshire Medical Center. He was born in Blackstone, on Sept. 20, 1921, son of Michael and Mary Susla Baluk. He attended schools there. He served in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific. On July 19, 1947, he married Mabel Avanzato and moved to Lee later that year. She died on March 9, 1996. Mr. Baluk was a carpenter working for various local contractors. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Lee, a member of the Lee Son's of Italy, Carpenter's Local Union #108, the Bossidy Crerar Post #893 VFW in Lee and the Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, mushroom picking, blueberry picking and gardening. He also enjoyed going to the Mohegan Sun with his longtime companion, May Collins, with whom he made his home. He is survived by a son, Stephen Baluk and his wife, Laurie, of Tyringham, a daughter, Susan Sparks of Lee, a sister-inlaw, Mary Pizzi of Lee, five grandchildren: Kurt Baluk , Erika Baluk- Shepardson, Bethany Kelly, Megan Consolati and Todd Sparks, four great-grandchildren: Everett Shepardson, Brianna and Shaelynn Kelly and Mathew Consolati. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Michael Baluk, who died on September 11, 1976. He was also predeceased by four sisters and two brothers FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Michael Baluk will be on Tuesday at 10:15 from the KELLY FUNERAL HOME in Lee with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Lee. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Monday evening from 4-7 pm at the funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in his memory to the Lee Regional Visiting Nurses Assoc. in C/O the Kelly Funeral Home 3 Main Street Lee, MA 01238. If you would like to leave a message of condolence for the family, you may do so in The Book of Memories at www.kellyfuneralhome.net.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2011