Pauline Lavelle (Burkhart) Balazs

October 12, 1934 ~ March 4, 2020 (age 85)


Sumter, SC…Pauline Lavelle Burkhart Balazs, age 85, beloved wife of 62 years to Joe Balazs, Jr. died on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Covenant Place.

Born in Charleston, WV, she was the daughter of the late William Augustus Burkhart and Thelma Cecila Lavelle Burkhart. Mrs. Balazs was a devoted military spouse  and a wonderful mother and grandmother. She worked for many years as a nurse. Mrs. Balazs had many hobbies including: stained glass, painting, sewing, quilting, cross stitching and cooking - especially desserts. She also enjoyed going to the beach. Mrs. Balazs was one of the first women to lector in the Catholic Church, was an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church and a founding member of Eternal Life Catholic Charismatic Prayer Group where she served in various ministries over several years.

In addition to her husband Joe of Sumter, she is survived by: one son, Joe Balazs III and his wife Cathy of Chapin; one daughter, Nan Balazs Gaughf and her husband Jack of Pickens; one brother, William “Billy” Burkhart of Dayton, OH; four sisters, June Haid of Charleston, WV, Rose Rita Douds of Charleston, WV, Midge Bowden of Plantation, FL, and Mary Lee Whiting of Charleston, WV; four grandchildren, Amanda Owen and her husband Greg, Michaela Gould and her husband Jeremy, Joe Balazs IV and his wife Parris, and Hayley Harrison and her husband Marshall; and five great grandchildren, Liam Balazs, Kellen Gould, Laityn Gould, Mila Gould, and Marshall “Tre`” Harrison; many nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 11:00 am at the St. Anne Catholic Church.  The inurnment will be held at 3:00 pm in Ft. Jackson National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

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Memorial Mass
March 10, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Anne Catholic Church
216 East Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29150

March 10, 2020

3:00 PM
Ft. Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Rd
Columbia, SC 29229

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