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James Balke dies at 67

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James J. Balke, 67 of Valparaiso formerly of Chicago, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2009 at the VNA Horton Hospice Center, Valparaiso.

He was born on December 30, 1941 in Chicago, the son of Walter and Gertrude (Tanka) Balke, both of whom preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia “Gini” (Uher) Balke; two daughters, Christie (Scott) Hofmann of Plantation, Fla. and Tammy (Don) Sella of Valparaiso; grandson, Trevor Hofmann; brother, Walter Balke of Illinois; sister, Evelyn (Bill) Crohan of Valparaiso; and he was an uncle and great uncle to many.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Balke.

Jim was the owner of Jim Balke Painting & Decorating. He was known for his artistic creativity and hard work throughout the community. Jim loved fishing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he enjoyed nature.

Following cremation at Angelcrest Crematory, Valparaiso, a Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 19 at 5 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home 104 Roosevelt Rd, Valparaiso with Pastor Craig Forwalter officiating.

Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the VNA Hospice, American Cancer Society, or the American Diabetes Association.


Posted 4/14/2009