Viola Helen (Balla) Merchak, age 83, of Hudson, Wis., and formerly of Painesville, joined our Lord on the morning of Feb. 16, 2013, at the Comforts of Home in Hudson surrounded by her loved ones.
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Viola was born Sept. 15, 1929, to Daniel and Theresa Balla in Painesville. Both of her parents had been previously married with children and then widowed before marrying each other.
She was blessed with her brother, Daniel; and siblings, through other marriages, Irma, Mary, Margaret, Irma, Susan, and Rose.
She attended St. Mary's Elementary School in Painesville. In 1947, she graduated from Harvey High School, where she met her husband of 52 years, Joseph John Merchak. In 1951, they were united in marriage at the University of Notre Dame Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus where Joseph attended college. Six years later, they moved to Hudson, Wis., where they joined St. Patrick's Parish and spent the remainder of their lives.
By 1963, they were blessed with six children, Joe, Teresa, Ken, Mary, Paul and Pat.
Mass of Christian Burial for Viola Merchak will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, Wis.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. at church.
Services are entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, Wis., 715-386-3725.
Published in www.News-Herald.com on Feb. 19, 2013