JoAnne Balzer (1933-2023)

JoAnne Balzer, 89, of Bryan, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance. JoAnne was born July 4, 1933, in West Unity, Ohio, daughter of the late Edward Horace and Margaret E. (McFarland) Butt. She was a 1951 graduate of Bryan High School. She married Ralph E. Balzer on April 27, 1952, in Angola, Indiana, and he preceded her in death on June 3, 1986. JoAnne was a Supervisor for Fisher Automatic for 20 years. She previously worked at Colonial Manor and Plaza Motel. JoAnne was an avid reader, enjoyed doing puzzles, attending school events and traveling. Above all, she truly enjoyed caring for her family.

Surviving is her daughter, Linda Balzer of Bryan; daughter-in-law, Terri Balzer of Bryan; three grandchildren, Chad Balzer of Bryan, Joshua (Jennie) Balzer of Bryan, and Shannon (Erik) Sturm of Livonia, Michigan; six great-grandchildren, Sydney and Ella Johnson, Karalyn and Allison Balzer, Trinity and Anthony Sturm; four stepgreat-grandchildren, Bayli, Eric, Aden and Zeby Sanders; JoAnne was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph; two sons, infant Hal Balzer and Mike Balzer; one sister, Wretha Nadine Butt; two brothers, Hal Butt and Paul “Pete” Butt.

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