Eunice Balasa

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Eunice Balasa, age 96, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora.  Interment will be at the Aurora Catholic Cemetery. Visitation hours will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1420 9th Street, Aurora.  The Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. at the church.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the family.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Eunice Marie Balasa, the daughter of Edward and Gertrude (Orendorff) Herbig, was born in Marquette, on October 17, 1918 and passed away in Aurora, on April 11, 2015, at the age of 96.
She grew up on the family farm in the Marquette area, where she helped her parents out on the farm growing up.  Eunice attended Pine Knott Country School and graduated from Marquette High School in 1936.  She wrapped butter at the Farmers Union Creamery for five years and worked in AAA Farm Office for two years.  When World War II broke out Eunice went to work at the Harvard Air Base, following the war she went to work as the Office Manager at the Farmers Union Creamery.
Eunice was united in marriage to Alphonse Joseph Balasa on August 22, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora. After marrying they moved to Fullerton and then the St. Edward area where they farmed.  They later moved to Marquette in 1971, where she was the cook at the school for several years.  During the summer of 1973 they moved to Aurora, where they continued farming until retirement.   Alphonse passed away on March 8, 2001.
Eunice was a member of St. Mary’ Catholic Church, where she taught CCD classes and was a member of Altar Society and served as a circle leader.  She enjoyed sewing, playing cards and listening to polka music.  Eunice liked watching Nebraska Football and professional golf on television.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Priscilla Balasa of Aurora and two granddogs, Sally, 5, (standard poodle) and Hank, 11, (basset hound).

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