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1 of 6 | Posted by: The Miller's of Carmel - Carmel, IN

“I am the daughter of Carroll and Helen Schliesser and remember some of you children from the Balser reunions held at Franke Park when we were kids. ...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Nancy (Schliesser) Chapman - OH

“Kenny - So sorry to hear about your mother. You have my condolences. I wish you and your family well. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Frank Kloer - Lake Forest, CA

“"Mom" Balser was one of the sweetest, loving and caring people on the planet. She raised a beautiful, spirited family of nine children and left a...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Mike Richardville

“A sweet mother, and a sweet grandmother. She had a heart of gold and she is now dancing on the streets of gold. My condolences to all her family...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Revonda Russos - Raleigh, NC

“Hi Mom, Thank you for being the best mom ever! You filled me life with joy, comfort and strength. I am glad you are in a better place now. I miss you...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Gary Balser - Wake Forest, NC

Marilyn J. Balser, 87, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in her daughter's home after a gracious and dignified 14 year decline with Alzheimer's Disease. Her lasting affection for her family was evidence that what the mind forgets, the heart remembers. Born in Fort Wayne, Marilyn was the youngest daughter of the late Joseph and Emma Woehnker. She was a 1947 graduate of Central Catholic High School. Marilyn and her husband of 51 years, Donald E. Balser, were the owners of Balser Rentals, Inc. which did business in Fort Wayne for over 35 years. Marilyn provided a loving home for their nine children and a safe place for many others. She was a long-standing member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, a founding board member at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic School and supporter of Bishop Dwenger High School. She was a life long blood donor with the American Red Cross, including pheresis donations for newborn infants. Marilyn's love of the water began with her backyard pool where the YMCA provided swimming lessons to hundreds of local children. She enjoyed a lake home in Coldwater, MI and later, a winter home in Bonita Springs, FL. Preceded in death by her husband and four siblings, Marilyn is loved on earth by her surviving children: Brian (Gail) Balser of Tallahassee, FL, Ken (Beth) Balser of Colorado Springs, CO, Janet (Daniel) McMullen of Beaverton, OR, Doug (Donna) Balser of Austin, TX, Carole (William) Ivey of Raleigh, NC, Tom Balser of Tallahassee, FL, Gary (Rhonda) Balser of Wake Forest, NC, Michael Balser of Raleigh, NC, and Beth (John) Ludwig of Westfield, IN; 30 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Resurrection is at 10:30 am, Monday, October 24, 2016, at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church with calling one hour prior. Burial will follow the service at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Cemetery. A Celebration of Marilyn's Life for family and friends will be held at Pine Valley Country Club in Fort Wayne on Sunday, October 23, 2016 between 4-8 pm. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church or the Alzheimer's Association. To sign the online guest book, go to