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Geraldine L. Balto

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Geraldine L. Balto Obituary
Balto, Geraldine L. (Gerry) January 15, 1939 – August 24, 2018 Gerry passed peacefully from this life the evening of August 24, 2018 after a lengthy decline in health. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family during the last days of her life. Gerry was born in Baltimore, MD, to Frederick D. and Mary (Jasik) Trabing on January 15, 1939. Gerry lived in Baltimore, MD, until she and her family moved to Abingdon, MD, in 1968 and raised their two sons and a daughter. Gerry graduated from Patterson Park High School Class of 1957. Gerry and her husband moved to Ocean City, MD in 1994 where they presently reside. Gerry is survived by her husband, Andrew, and four children: Michael Lyston and his wife Lisa, Katherine Wiegand and her husband Joe, Daniel Daw and his wife Sherry, Andrew Balto, Jr. and his wife Anne; Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law Paul Balto, Jr. and his wife Violet Balto, living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Brother-in-Law Francis Dziennik, Goddaughter, Terry Lynn Schorr and her husband James (Herb), niece Jamie Schorr and her daughter Julia, niece Brenda Masijauskas, and her daughter Brittany with her son Colton Abrams, nephew Frank Dziennik, and his wife Margie and daughter Emily. Nephews: Jeffrey and Brian Dziennik, Kenneth and William Becker: Ten-Grand Children: Tiffany Ariste, Blaine Andrews, Justin DiGorgio, Joseph Balto, Will Balto, Angela Balto, and Max Balto, Joseph Wiegand, Jr, and Heather and Thomas Mitchell; Four Great Grand Children: Joseph Lawson, Nicki Lyston, Ryan DiGiorgio, and Lucas DiGiorgio. Gerry is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Michigan, New York, New Jersey, andFlorida. Gerry was preceded in death by her father Frederick and mother Mary Trabing; her sisters Rosalie Becker, and Beatrice Dziennik, brother-jn-law Caroll Becker and Grandchild Trinna Lyston, father and mother-in-law Paul and Josephine Balto, SI, NY, Sister and Brother in Law Marie and Michael Savoia, Redbank, NJ. Gerry was a devoted mother, loving Aunt, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, and a loyal friend to those around her. All that knew Gerry would describe her as a survivor who liked things done "her way", while being generous and supportive to those around her. Gerry had a keen knack for being a person who could put everything into perspective. No matter the situation, Gerry would always say that one right, truthful thing that made whatever problem someone had manageable. She was always generous with compliments and gentle with her criticism. Gerry knew when to leave someone alone, and she knew when leaving someone alone was the last thing they needed. For a decade, Gerry worked at Smith Electronics as a Bookkeeper, and retiring to be a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Gerry's favorite times were birthdays, holiday celebrations surrounded by family and friends, and giving to fund raisers, cancer and children's fund drives. She would not want her family and friends to mourn her. Gerry would trust us to remember her for what she was – strong, funny, and full of life. Gerry will be forever loved, dearly missed, and never forgotten. In lieu of flowers-the family would prefer donations be made to: Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation. 6601 Frederick Road Baltimore, MD 21228 Or, Diakonia, Inc. 12747 Old Bridge Road Ocean City, MD 21842 Please sign the Guestbook at www.legacy.com/washingtontimes
Published in Washington Times on Aug. 31, 2018
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