i-balow-webphoto.gifIrene Balow, of Mora, formerly of Superior, WI, died on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 at the Villa Health Care Center in Mora. She was 96 years old.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, October 23rd at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora.

VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

PRIVATE INTERMENT at Oakwood Cemetery of Mora

Irene Winnifred Balow was born on December 9, 1912 in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to parents Frank and Winnifred (Rapp) Sweet. She was raised in Superior, Wisconsin and married Dale Balow in 1940. She worked in retail as well as the grocery store that she and Dale owned. Irene moved to Mora in 2003 to be near her daughter and family.

She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and quilting. Even though her eyesight was failing, she made quilts for each of her great grandchildren. Irene enjoyed playing cards and bible study with her friends at the Pine Crest Apartments of Mora, where she lived. She was also an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Mora since 2003.
She was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be missed by her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Dale Balow, sister Gertrude (George) Greenwood, and brother Frank Sweet Jr.

Irene is survived by her daughters Diane (Jerry) Torrey of Mora; Roberta (Robert) Tricomi of Cooperstown, NY; grandchildren Charles (Marnie) Torrey of Park City, Utah; Todd (Jackie) of Denver, CO; Derek (Kristen) Torrey of Eden Prairie, MN; Robb (Michelle) Tricomi of Odenton, Maryland; Stephanie (Ernie) of Denver CO; great-grandchildren Mikayla, Keegan, Kaleb, Justin, Hayley and Hunter Torrey, many other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Greggory Coop presiding. A time of visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. A private family inurnment will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

2 guestbook entries for IRENE BALOW

  1. Diana Duthey October 20, 2009 at 9:17 am #

    I remember her from my childhood, and how nice she was. I usher at Pilgrim, and used to see her almost every Sunday, and then she suddenly disappeared. I wondered what had happened to her, and now know where she went, and that she was able to spend more years near you, Diane. Take care, Diana Duthey

  2. Nancy Jenkins (Balow) November 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    I loved Irene, she was my Godmother and my very special aunt. I’ll always remember her lively-hood, and the smile she so freely gave.

    She will be missed very much..

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