Ethel G. Baloga

Ethel G. Pisko Baloga, 90, a former resident of North Wilkes-Barre, passed into eternal life early Monday morning, Oct. 29, 2012, in the skilled nursing unit of the Partridge-Tippet Nursing Center at the United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus, Jenkins Township, following a brief illness.

Born March 15, 1922, in Wilkes-Barre, she was the second daughter to the late Michael and Anna Petro Pisko of Wilkes-Barre.

She received her elementary education at Sacred Heart Slovak School and attended the James M. Coughlin High School.

Ethel was a life member of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church Parish and a devout Catholic.

In her youth, she enjoyed roller skating, where she met her future husband, John J. Baloga, while skating at the Plains Township rink.

As World War II approached, she was employed by General Aviation, making link belts for ammunition for the war effort. Later, after the war ended, Ethel was employed by Consolidated Cigar with her late sister, Agnes Gerda.

In September 1945, she married John J. Baloga, who had been recently discharged from military service in the European Theater. They were united at the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church by the former Monsignor John J. Sobota. They would continue to celebrate 59 years of married life until his death on Feb. 1, 2005.

Ethel was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and baking pastries for her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, John J., who passed on Feb. 1, 2005, she was preceded in death by her sister, Agnes Gerda.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Bob) and his wife, Karen, Plains Township; granddaughter, Caroline and her husband, James Dougherty, Wilkes-Barre; sisters, Anna Stajewski, Wilkes-Barre; and Bernadine Burton, Long Island, N.Y.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ethel's family would like to thank all the personnel of Wesley Village, including Dr. Michael Fath, D.O., the registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing aides alike who attended to her every need during her illness. They were all very caring and compassionate to Ethel and this virtue will not be forgotten by her family.

Funeral services for Mrs. Baloga will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Friday from John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 N. Main St., North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka worship site of St. Andre Bessette Parish Community, 668 N. Main St., North Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, will serve as celebrant.

Entombment with the Rite of Committal will follow in the mausoleum of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township.

Relatives and friends may join the Baloga family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. There will be a vigil service conducted Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Seegar officiating.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Baloga's memory to St. Andre Bessette Parish Community, 666 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.

To send her family online words of comfort and friendship, please visit our family's website by visiting

Published in Citizens' Voice from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2012