Elizabeth M. Markus Balas
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Elizabeth M. Markus Balas, 98, passed away peacefully February 14, 2013 at home with her family by her side. Born May 23, 1914 to the late Susan Kabahik Markus and Julius J Markus. She was predeceased by her sisters Helen Palinkas, Margaret D. Collins, Marian Markus, and her brother Stephen J Markus. Elizabeth was the wife of the late Anthony Martin Balas.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Norwalk where she attended local schools. After school, she started working at local businesses, and then worked in New York for a number of years. After meeting Tony, the love of her life, in 1932, they married 4 years later. After giving birth to her son, Richard and daughter, Christine, Elizabeth became a stay-at-home mother, homemaker, and a top notch baker. There were always cookies in the cookie jar or a cake beneath the cake dish, along with all the many varieties of Hungarian pastries. She could also be found in her kitchen playing cards at the table with her grandchildren or whoever would play. Elizabeth also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and reading.
Elizabeth was a member of St. Ladislaus R.C. Church, where her family was part of the founding members, a member also of St. Matthew R.C. Church, and a past Member of St. Matthew New Horizons and Rowayton A.A.R.P.
Elizabeth is survived by her son Richard and his wife Julia (Judy); a daughter Christine and her husband Rick; four grandchildren Markus and his wife Terri; Heather, Robyn, Erick and his wife Allie; a great grandson Andrew and several nieces and nephews and a grandniece.
At the request of the family there will be no calling hours. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on February 19, 2013 at 10:00am at St. Matthew Church located at 216 Scribner Ave., Norwalk, with burial at St. John's Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Markus, and Alicia, for their love and care to Elizabeth during her last months, along with all the loving and caring visiting nurses, social worker, Rev. Karen and aids from Hospice of Fairfield County.
In lieu of flowers, at the request of the family, they ask that donations, in Elizabeth's name, be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, 761 Main Ave., Suite 114, Norwalk, CT 06851.
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Published in The Hour from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2013