Ann Balko, 87, of Dalton, died peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday morning at Allied Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton. She was the wife of the late Charles Balko, who died in 1966. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Vincenta Mary Obiedzinski Kucz. She was a graduate of West Scranton High School and was employed as a union seamstress for the ILGWU garment industry. She was a member of St. Mary of the Lake Church, Lake Winola. Ann loved baking for her family, especially her traditional cookies, and preparing her highly anticipated ethnic Christmas Eve dinner. She also enjoyed sitting on her porch and bird watching. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff, and especially the nurse's aides, for the wonderful care and compassion that they gave to Ann during her stay. Surviving are a son, Charles and wife, Carol, Dalton; a daughter, Barbara Filipiak and husband, Stephen, Harding; three grandchildren, Stephen Filipiak and David and Amy Balko; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Kucz; a sister, Stella Bazur; a half-brother, Stanley Kozloski; and a half-sister, Helen Kakareka. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Lake Church, 1872 Dalton Road, Lake Winola. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery Taylor. Friends may call Tuesday from 9 until time of Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Allied Skilled Nursing, 3 North Alzheimer's Unit, 303 Smallacombe Drive, Scranton, PA 18508. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. To sign the online guest book, visit the funeral home website.
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