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LORRIE MARY BALENTINE, 51, KILLEEN, TX Lorrie M. (Coccia) Balentine, 51, wife of Chief Warrant Officer RET Pierre L. Balentine, died at home after a long illness on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Killeen, Texas. Lorrie was born in Phoenixville, the youngest daughter of Ernest J. Coccia and the late Dolores A. (Zeleski) Coccia. She was raised in Phoenixville, a 1978 graduate of Cat Pickering School Of Art. She served eight years in the U.S. Navy in communications. That led to her to Pearl Harbor, where she met her husband who was serving in the U.S. Army. They were married for 23 years. Lorrie worked in the computer lab at Cedar Valley Elementary School in Killeen for 11 years. She was a loving wife and mother, not only to her own son, but she extended the mentoring to some of Ryan's schoolmates and welcomed them into her home. She is survived by a son, Ryan, a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi, and a sister, Deborah, wife of Frank Wetty III of Downingtown. She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews, Kathryn E. Wetty, Jonathan F. Wetty, Anya E. Wetty, Joseph F. Wetty and Nicholas Bucelli. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, at St. Basil the Great Church, Kimberton, with a family visitation starting at 10 a.m. Father Gary Pacitti will officiate the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made "In Memory of Lorrie Mary Balentine" to St. Basil the Great Church, 2300 Kimberton Road, Kimberton PA 19442 or R&DA Military Assistance Program, 16607 Blanco Road, Suite 501, San Antonio, TX 78232.

Published in The Mercury on Feb. 10, 2012
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