Linda J. Balmes, 53, formerly of Wood Dale, Chicago, and Lombard died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at her home in Arizona. She was born May 26, 1960 in Elmhurst, Illinois. Linda was the daughter of Arthur and Eleanor (Jaeger) Balmes. She was a graduate of the University of Illinois and Northwestern University. For many years she worked for several advertising agencies. Linda is survived by her mother, Eleanor Balmes; her brother, Larry Balmes; her sisters, Lori Bronars and Lee LeGrand; and her nephew, Lance LeGrand. She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Balmes. Linda will long be remembered for her sense of humor and her devotion to her dogs. A tree at The Morton Arboretum has been dedicated in her memory.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from May 3 to May 4, 2014