In memory of
Debra A. Pezze
Debra Ann Pezze passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Debra was a daughter of Angelo Pezze and the late Ann Vesco Pezze. In 1991, Debra was the second woman elected to the Court of Common Pleas in Westmoreland County, and was in her 25th year of service. Prior to her election, she was proud to serve as a public defender in Westmoreland County and to have served as a law clerk for Federal Judge Austin Staley. She was a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School, Penn State University and Duquesne University Law School. She was a fixture for lunch with her dear friends at La Vita's Restaurant in Greensburg. Debra was proud of her commitment to our system of justice, both as an advocate and as a jurist. Most of all, she was proud of her two beautiful, loving daughters. In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband of 28 years, Tom Balya; daughters, Maria Balya (David Hickes), of Boston, and Angela Balya, of Pittsburgh. She is also survived by her sister, Angela Rudick and husband, Alan, and their children, Carly (Ron) Paulovich (children Grace and Angelo) and Cara (Chris) Burnside; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Zappone, of Austin, Texas; brothers-in-law, Don Balya, of Bridgeville, and Dennis (Judy) Balya, of Washington Township. She also leaves behind numerous other loving relatives and friends. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm Sunday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers will begin at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Everyone please go directly to the church on Monday. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery. The Dante Alighieri Lodge 244 will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601, or to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, P.O. Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601.
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