Firman "Joe" Balza
Green Bay - Firman Joseph Balza, 95, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018. He was born September 25, 1923, to Theophile and Mary (Leurquin) Balza, the youngest of 11 sons. At the age of 17, Firman enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Maryland during World War II. He was one of the last surviving servicemen from the Attack on Pearl Harbor. On April 23, 1949, he married Nathalie M. Larscheid. "Joe" had been employed by Wisconsin Public Service for many years.
A true lover of the outdoors, Firman enjoyed camping with his family and hunting and fishing with his brother-in-law, Carlton Larscheid. He was very proud of becoming a licensed pilot at the age of 63.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Nathalie Balza; two daughters, Jeanne (Michael) Lefebvre and Carol Lehto; two granddaughters, Carey Lefebvre and Allyson (Scott) Queoff; two great-granddaughters, Jazmin and Cadence Queoff; a brother, Tony Balza; many nieces and nephews and some very special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theophile and Mary Balza; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Bertha (Gille) Larscheid; and nine brothers.
There will be a memorial gathering from 9:00 to 10:50 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2040 Hillside Dr. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. James Feely officiating. Inurnment will be in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences visit www.prokowall.com
The Balza family extends a special thank you to the first-floor staff at Aurora Baycare Medical Center and the staff of Aurora at Home Hospice for their care of Firman.