Donna L. Balch 1948-2021

NEWTON FALLS — Donna Lee Balch, 73, of Newton Falls, passed away suddenly on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Trumbull Regional Medical Center in Warren.

She was born Feb. 1, 1948, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of the late John Wesley Haynes and Helen Marie Zediker Haynes.

Donna married Jack D. Balch Sr. on April 16, 1970; and they enjoyed 51 years of marriage together. She has lived in Newton Falls for the last nine years and was formerly of Lake Milton and Windham. Donna worked as a laborer / packer at R&R Donley and retired in 2013. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, shopping, her apples, reading, cooking and especially her grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; and one grandson, Justin Balch.

She is survived by her husband, Jack D. Balch Sr. of Cortland; three sons, Russell Balch and his companion, Crystal Cales of Braceville, Jack D. Balch III of Lake Milton and John Balch of Newton Falls; one daughter, Jackie Balch and her companion, Harold Rosier of Newton Falls; three sisters, Ruth and Dennis Musser of Newton Falls, Bonnie Cree of Windham and Lois Freeman of Bessemer, Ala.; two brothers, John and Diane Haynes of Bentleyville, Pa. and James Haynes of Newton Falls; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Jennifer Dorn officiating. Calling hours will be two hours prior from 5 to 7 p.m. Cremation will follow the funeral service.

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

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