Marie Dorothy Balzer
July 5, 1917 – November 16, 2020
Marie came to Canada from Russia when she was eight years old. She arrived in Saskatchewan with her parents Jacob and Anna Peters, along with several siblings. The family soon moved to Pitt Meadows. Marie was the oldest of six children. She was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings.
Marie married David Donald Balzer on June 2, 1940. Together they served for many years in the Greendale M.B. Church, in the capacity of deacons and home visitations. They enjoyed each other for 54 years. The love of her life left her too early on December 2, 1994.
As a widow, Marie continued serving and loving others. Marie served many lunches at the Garden Park Tower and was famous for her zwiebach. She loved baking for the M.C.C. relief sales.
At the age of 101, Marie felt it was time to go into care at the Mayfair. Her health improved and she enjoyed her stay there. She was treated royally and lovingly. Marie’s health only declined when her liver started to shut down during her last ten days. She left peacefully for her eternal home, with Sonja by her side on November 16, 2020.
Friends and family will miss her dearly.
Marie is survived by her son Peter (Betty) Balzer, daughter Sonja (Ben) Reddicopp, estranged daughter Kathleen, grandsons Jonathan (Gina), Jason (Allison), Gregory (Sherri), and Jeff (Helen), granddaughter Valinda (Brad), seven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was deeply loved by all who knew her.
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Marie Dorothy Balzer
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November 24, 2020
I am so sorry Kathleen and Greg for the loss of your mother and grandmother respectively.
Mrs. Balzer always held a special place in my heart as a lady of integrity, exhibiting positive attitude and determination to pursue right things and overcome all barriers, a very humble lady with a sweet, caring heart, intelligent, organized and disciplined. Above all, Mrs. Balzer was a lady who had a sincere love for THE LORD, home, and family. Anybody who knew Mrs. Balzer well could see that she glowed in that love.
It was a blessing in my life to have crossed paths with Mrs. Balzer and her husband David.
I did not see Mrs. Balzer often throughout the years but I always thought of her often and would visit her when I was in the area. My last visit was in February 2020 and I am so glad we had that time together. Mrs. Balzer was 102 and looked as beautiful at 102 as she did in her earlier years.
My condolences go out to all of her family, those who I know and those whom I do not know.
There is no doubt in my mind that Mrs. Balzer is with her Heavenly Father, family that pre-deceased her, and other believers she knew in this life. What better place to be than with THE LORD.
Eleonore & Henry Esau
November 23, 2020
Peter & Betty and Sonja & Ben our sincere sympathies on the loss of your Mom- She was such a kind, gracious and thoughtful Aunt. It was always a pleasure to visit with her and share memories of their visits ( Uncle Dave & Tante Manja) in Saskatchewan & Manitoba, She took great interest in our families and it was amazing how she could remember all their names-
We mourn not as those without hope, but rejoice in the fact that she has now "graduated" to an incorruptible body into the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ- Peter & Sonja and families we wish you God's blessings,
November 20, 2020
For more than 40 years I have been inspired by Marie and Dave...by their love and generosity...and their dedication. They were close friends of my parents, Bill and Elizabeth Petryk. After my parents passed away Marie continued to be a good friend...to me and to my wife, Gloria. To each of you in her family we pray God’s comfort and blessing. For Marie and Dave we are grateful to know they are together again.
Specific memories? Dave sharing stories and laughing with my dad. The love and grief in Marie’s eyes as she told me of Dave’s passing. Marie showing her rowing machine...talking about doing 100 reps per day while memorizing scripture...her work as an interpreter...her reading to me from love letters between her and Dave...sharing Chinese food. I look forward to seeing her again.