Marie M. Ballas 1929-2013

NEWTON FALLS – Marie M. Koch Ballas, 84, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Laurie Ann Nursing Home.

Marie was born April 1, 1929, in Woodburn, Ind., the daughter of Henry and Ida Messman Koch. She has lived in Newton Falls since 1970, and was formerly of Indiana.

Marie married John Ballas Jr. on May 24, 1986. They had a wonderful blessed marriage until his passing on June 4, 1987.

Marie was an inspector in the final assembly department at General Motors from 1973 to 1993.

She had been a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Newton Falls since 1970 and was very active in church activities. Marie enjoyed cooking, baking and solving crossword puzzles.

Loving memories of Marie will be carried on by her daughter, Lori (James) Becker of Lake Milton; her sons, DeWayne (Deborah) Wells of Cortland, Tim (Mary) Wells of West Lafayette, Ind., and Jon (Joan) Wells of Southington; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; a sister; and three brothers.

Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at James Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Messiah Luthern Church, where family will greet family and friends one hour prior to the service.

Marie will be laid to rest next to her husband, John, at Newton Falls Cemetery.

The family requests that contributions be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, 4920 Fairport Road, Newton Falls, OH 44444, in Marie’s memory or, to Trumbull Mobile Meals, 323 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44481.

Arrangements have been entrusted to James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444. 330-872-5440.

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