The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 24, 2013

Charles J. Balon

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP — BALON – Charles J. “Charlie,” 85, Richland Township, went to be with the Lord March 23, 2013, peacefully at home. Born Nov. 5, 1927, in Johnstown, son of Martin G. and Suzzana (Majerczik) Balon. Preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Donna L. Mapes; brothers, John, Frank and Martin; and sisters, Barbara, Mary, Rose and Anna. Charles was the last surviving member of his parents’ family. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Theresa M. (Catalfano) Balon, Richland Township; children, Charles (Janet), John (Vicki), Deborah (Lester Jr.) McDaniel, Richard (Margaret), David, Edward, Jeff (Shannon), Randy, Ronald, Christopher, Joseph (Jennifer) and Barry (Paula); son-in-law, Gary Mapes; grandchildren, Scott (Brenda) Balon, Julie (Rodney) Gestes, Erin Balon, Karri (Willie) Woods, Chad (Beth) Balon, Wendi Sokira, Dominique Mapes, Melanie (Alan) Bentley, Corey, Ashley and Michael Balon, Apryl (Mike) Loser and Emily, Anthony, Chelsea, Karly, Alec and Erica Balon; great-grandchildren, Tanner, Courtnie, Briley and Zachary Gestes, Danielle Balon, Tyler, Cassidy and Liam Woods, Cole and Bryce Balon, Robbie and Josh Sokira, Evan and Erin Bentley, Layla Balon and Grayson Loser; and numerous nieces and nephews, including special nephews, William (Helen) McVicker and Daniel (Jill) Palov. Charlie retired from Bethlehem Steel after 42 years of service. He was a former student and altar server at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church and current member of St. Benedict Catholic Church. Former member of the Slovak Band Hall and Richland American Legion, Post 849. Charlie enjoyed working in his basement workshop, hunting and caring for his fish. He looked forward to family gatherings and always had a joke to tell. Charlie will be sadly missed by all of us. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Father David S. Peles, pastor. Committal, Richland Cemetery. The family suggests contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society, Central Region, Cambria Unit, 35 Budfield St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904-3213, or charity of one’s choice in memory of Charles. Online condolences may be posted to


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