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BALLINGER, Frances Sharp Frances Sharp Ballinger, 88, of Agawam, MA, formerly of Youngstown, OH died Wednesday morning, (June 7, 2006) at her residence, and there will be services at 11 a.m. Monday at First Covenant Church. She was born May 26, 1918 in Vandergrift, PA, a daughter of Roy and Rose Calhoun Sharp of Apollo, PA. Fran was a graduate of Apollo High School and received her BA Degree in Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was the Valedictorian of both her high school and college classes. After college graduation, she taught music in public schools in western PA. A few years later she moved to Youngstown to serve as choir director and youth director at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church during the late 1940's and 50's. She married her late husband of 52 years, Allan H. "Ace" Ballinger of Youngstown on June 10, 1950, who died May 25, 2002. In 1959 Fran joined First Covenant Church of Boardman to serve as choir director. She became the choir director of not only the Chancel Choir but also, the Cherub, Junior, and Teenage Choirs which she started. Her Christmas and Spring Concerts at the church were well known and greatly appreciated for many years in the Boardman Community. Fran also directed the music for the Lucia Christmas Festival for many years. Her organ studies began when she was 60 with distinguished organist Raymond Ocock, Westminster College Professor of Music Emeritus. Fran then became the church organist, eventually retiring as choir director. Her musical talents were loved and enjoyed from 1959 to 2002. Fran served the church for a number of years as secretary and was a member of Covenant Women, the Christian Builders Sunday School Class, and the Tuesday Bible Study. She was an active member of the American Guild of Organists in Youngstown, the Faculty Wives Club of Boardman Schools, and taught piano lessons. Mrs. Ballinger is survived by her daughter, Eliana Baccas (formerly ML Ballinger) of Wisconsin; her son, Allan J. Sallinger of Connecticut; and her four grandchildren, Genevieve, Olivia, Joseph, and Jonathan Ballinger all of Connecticut. Beside her husband, her sister, Bernice Black is also deceased. Friends may call from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home, 75 E. Midlothian Blvd. and one hour prior to the service on Monday. At her service, her teacher Raymond Ocock will pay tribute to her on the organ. Memorial contributions may be made to either Alzheimer's Asso. Greater Youngstown Office, 3695 Boardman-Canfield Road, 301 B. Canfield, Ohio 44406 or First Covenant Church, 5210 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown. Ohio 44512.

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 9, 2006
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