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Joan D. Balogh

December 20, 1929 September 29, 2020
Joan D. Balogh
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Obituary for Joan D. Balogh

Joan Dolores Balogh died peacefully September 29, 2020 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was 90 years old. Joan was born on December 20, 1929 in Highland Park, Michigan to parents, Florence (nee Gulliford) and Gerrit Hoelaars.

Joan graduated from Lincoln High School in Ferndale, MI in 1947. Following high school, she graduated from Wayne State University in 1951 with her Bachelor of Science in Education. Joan loved music. She played the harp in high school and was an accomplished pianist, organist and taught choir. She was also a music teacher in Detroit for 2 years.

Joan met the love of her life, Charles Balogh, at Wayne State University in Geology class. They played in the Wayne State orchestra together until they graduated. They married on June 27, 1952. They were married at Metropolitan Methodist Church which she attended for many years previous. She had many dear friends from her childhood from Metropolitan Methodist that she kept up with until the day she died.

She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Birmingham since 1957. She was a loyal volunteer for their bi-annual rummage sales and a member of United Methodist Women’s Esther Circle for many many years. Joan was also a devoted member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution since December 9, 1982 and treasurer for Ezra Parker NSDAR chapter for 20 years.

Joan was an avid sewer who loved embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and cross-stitch. She loved making special Christmas gifts every year for her family. Christmas was her favorite holiday, but the house was always decorated for every holiday. She made holidays and birthdays special by baking custom cakes, sewing matching outfits, baking dozens and dozens of cookies at Christmas and was the matriarch for decades of memorable family meals.

She loved skiing and taking her family skiing at Nubs Knob, Bear Mountain and Walloon Hills. She skied until she was 75 years old. She also loved playing games of all kinds including bridge, scrabble, pinnacle, trivial pursuit and won most of the time. She prided herself on being a classic movie enthusiast. She knew every movie and star from the 30’s through the 50’s.

She was devoted to and loved her family deeply. Her grandchildren have many favorite memories of summers at the pool, up north on the bay, putt putt, cider mills, lunches at Hudson’s, shopping, and the Detroit Zoo. She was a donut freak. Her favorites were the Franklin Cider Mill, Dutch Girl Donuts between 6 and 7 Mile Roads and Olie Bollens from The Netherlands.

She was an avid supporter of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Zoo, Meadowbrook, her church, and Hudson’s! She was the shopping and craft sale queen. She could spot a bargain a mile away. She brought new meaning to the words, “shop till you drop. “

Joan was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and dear friend to many. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

Joan is survived by her loving children, Karen (Scott) Riching, Beth (Kurt Parfitt), Nancy (Jim) DeNolf, and Paul Balogh. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren Brad, Kristin, Andrew, Sienna, Tyler, Theresa, and Renee, and her great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Kyla, Ashlyn, and Brooklyn. Joan is preceded in death by her beloved husband Charles and her brother George J. Hoelaars.

Visitation for Joan will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 1368 N. Crooks Road (Between 14 & 15 Mile Roads) on Monday, October 5, 2020 from 2-4pm. Due to COVID restrictions a private Funeral Service will be held at First United Methodist Church 1589 W Maple Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11am. The committal service will be open to the public. Those who would like to attend the burial for Joan, are invited to meet inside the gates of White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, at 12:30pm and we will process to the grave together.

Donations appreciated to the First United Methodist Church Birmingham, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Zoo, DAR, and National Kidney Foundation www.kidney.org.

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