A robust "I love you" were her last words to her family, a final gift after 95 years of gift giving to the world and to us. Nellie Baltic (Valencheck) passed away on Friday, June 7 at Barberton Summa Hospice. |
Born in Woodside, Pennsylvania on March 27, 1918, Nellie spent her "growing up" years with her large, loving family along the banks of the Monongahela River in Morgantown, West Virginia. She was proud of and celebrated her ethnic Slovene heritage and culture which she passed on to her family, a highlight of which was her potica recipe. She was a member of the Slovene National Benefit Society for 77 years and participated with her parents and siblings in all manner of fraternal dances, concerts, bowling tournaments, and golf tournaments.
Family and friends will remember Nellie in the many roles she played in her life, most notably as an artist, poet, PTA volunteer, columnist for the Barberton Herald, seamstress, bird lover, gardener, baker, cook, craftswoman, golfer, bowler, hiker, nature lover, philosopher, and intellectual. Most of all, Nellie was to her family the best daughter, sister, wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, aunt, and friend. She was at all times our most enthusiastic cheerleader. She lived at Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living for the past three years, and loved the staff and food! there. She also enjoyed trips with the family to Burr Oak, hikes on a family farm, drives in the country, and walks around Lake Anna; but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children in Scio, Ohio, writing poetry while sitting by the pond; in Cleveland relaxing by the backyard fire pit; in Toledo "doing art" with her great-granddaughters; and in Fort Collins, Colo., where she savored the mountains and the Poudre River.
The last of the Anton and Mary Valencheck family, Mom spoke often of joining them, her husband, Paul; and siblings, Toni Brncik, Olga Valencheck, Mitz Zodnik, William Valencheck, Stan Valencheck, and several brothers and sisters-in-law. We believe they are all dancing the polka at this moment.
Dedicated to preserving and celebrating her legacy are her survivors: children Paulette (Bill) Sage, Chuck Baltic, and Tony (Helen Day) Baltic; grandchildren, Emily (Matt) Ziegler, Laina and Laurel Day Baltic, and Izaak Baltic; great- grandchildren, Kora and Ava Ziegler; brothers-in-law, Mitch, and Walter Baltic; sisters-in-law, Vi Baltic, and Polly Valencheck; and many nieces and nephews.
The family extends special gratitude to Dr. Glenn Black for his decades of compassionate care of our Mom and Dad. We also thank the residents and staff at Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living for the care and love they extended to Mom these past few years and the Barberton Summa Hospice staff for the comfort and care they provided Mom during her last days.
Services will be held at Cox Funeral Home in Barberton, OH, at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 followed by a procession to Western Reserve National Cemetery. Mom's nephew, Father John Valencheck, will preside. Family and friends will then gather at Milich's Village Inn to remember and celebrate her beautiful life.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on June 11, 2013