Joseph J. Balsama

May 9, 1921March 30, 2013

JOSEPH J. BALSAMA Age 91 of Collingswood

Peacefully on March 30, 2013, beloved husband of 65 years to Yolanda C. Balsama (nee DiBlasio);

father of Grace (Jim) Armstrong, Richard (Nettie) Balsama & David Balsama; grandfather of Kaitlyn & Michael Armstrong, Richard, Stephanie & Ashley Balsama; great grandfather of Nicole; brother of Benny (Helen), Salvatore Lena, Dominic (Joan), Louis & Tom Balsama, Ann (us) Urbano, Frances Crusco and Mildred (Ray) Corda; many nieces & nephews, especially Dolores Fujarski, Norma Farina & Anthony Perticari who phoned every day.

Joe served in the US Army in the European Theater during WW II and was awarded Two Bronze Stars & two Purple Hearts for bravery and wounds received in battle.

Mr. Balsama was a carpenter for Penna. Rail Road ( Conrail ) in Camden for 42 years, retiring in 1982.Residing in Collingswood 36 years & longtime members of St. John’s Church, Joe & his family earlier lived in So. Camden where he was a member of the Knights of St. George, Sons of Italy and Camden Bowling Lanes, and was proud to say he bowled a 299 !

Viewing Thursday 7-9:30 PM in BLAKE-DOYLE FUNERAL HOME, 226 Collings Ave., Collingswood. Funeral Friday 9 AM from the FUNERAL HOME. Funeral MASS 10:30 AM at St. John’s Church, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Collingswood. Entombment at New St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Bellmawr.

The family suggests donations in Joe’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 3704, Memphis, TN38103 OR Vitas Hospice, 521 Fellowship Rd., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, April 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 5, 2013
  • Committal Service Friday, April 5, 2013

Joseph J. Balsama

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stephanie balsama

January 31, 2014

i miss you pop pop.. love you to the moon and back <3

Jim & Laura Timmons

April 5, 2013

Rest in peace, our prayers will be with your family

Jane Urbano

April 5, 2013

Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and preyers are with everyone.

Gerri Pilla-Iacovelli

April 4, 2013

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing, thoughts and prayers to every one.

Joan Vaspoli

April 4, 2013

Mrs.Balsama,Gracie, Richard, and David
I am sorry for your loss. I remeber Mr. Balsama when we were growing up in Whitman Park. He always made me feel part of your family with his humor and hospitality. Whether it be Gracie's birthday parties, sleep-overs, or just needing a ride home, he was there helping and giving. I was lucky to have him in just that little part of my life.

Cherylann LaSpada

April 4, 2013

Dear Grace and Famiy,

So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He will always be with you!! Memories are the best! Cheryl Cunningham LaSpada (Woolworths)

April 4, 2013

Hi Yola and Family
I might not be there but I am thinking about all of you see you this summer
love Millie

Debbie (Ester) Bosset

April 4, 2013

Mrs. Balsama, Grace, Richard and David,

With sympathy and prayers, sorry for your loss.


April 4, 2013

Dad you gave us a wonderful life, and memories that will last a lifetime, I will always wonder if I did the best I could for you, today and tomorrow we will celebrate your life and legacy. I love you and will never forget you.
Grace ( #1 )

April 3, 2013

Yolanda sorry to read of your loss Joe
was such a great guy and a good friend to
our family We can't forget all the good times you and my family had together

You are in my prayers and thoughts

Nancy Carlino Minch