OBITUARY

Geraldine Ann Baliga

April 14, 1935February 2, 2019
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Geraldine Ann Baliga age 83, peacefully passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019. She is survived by her children, Joseph (Eileen) Baliga, Susan Baliga and Robert (Tracy) Baliga; grandchildren, Brian Baliga, Matthew Baliga, Colleen Baliga and Miranda (Luke) Komyatte; sister, Candy (late Larry) Blue; sister in law, Andrea Olchawa and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Joseph Baliga; brothers, Stanley Olchawa and Timothy Olchawa and sister, Nancy Jasinski. Geraldine was born April 14, 1935 in Hammond, IN to the late Stanley and June Olchawa and was a graduate of Bowen High School in Chicago, IL. On August 28, 1954, she married the love of her life and together they raised 3 children. Gerry was an accomplished floral arranger working at Doctor Florist in South Holland, IL. She taught ceramics, enjoyed traveling, loved to dance and listen to music, spending time with her friends but mostly spending time with her grandchildren. Gerry was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother and will truly be missed by all whose lives she touched. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home (8178 Cline Avenue Crown Point, IN) with Fr. Mark Kurowski officiating. Burial to be held privately by the family. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Geraldine Ann Baliga

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Rose Ann Poloncasz

February 12, 2019

My condolences to the family. Your mother was always very kind and gracious to me. She was a lovely person. May she rest in peace.

Sandi Kish

February 6, 2019

I knew Aunt Gerry would be a special person in my life by the time I was in 3rd grade, when I asked her to be my Confirmation Sponsor and she said yes. Their family drove out to Des Plaines , IL for the day to be there for me. Aunt Gerry was so very creative and I loved that! She gave me a few lessons on arranging flowers and when she had a ceramics business with her sister Nancy, my friend and I did ceramics with them for years. We had the best times and made so many holiday decorations for our family’s to enjoy then and now some have been passed down to our children and grandchildren to enjoy! After my mom moved to Florida by us, Aunt Gerry and Uncle Joe came down to visit often and I looked forward to the visits as much as my mom did. When I would ask Aint Gerry about decorating ideas , which also was good at, she would always start with praise for the ideas I had and go on to suggest ways to accomplish what I wanted to do or give me a new idea she just read or heard about. Our last time up in Indiana was a few years ago and we stopped in to see Auny Gerry, she showed us pictures of Uncle Joe and told us about how handsome he was and how much she missed him. I do believe she is happy once again and together with the “love of her life”.
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Candice Lindow

February 5, 2019

Memories of Aunt Gerry will be with me forever. She was a wonderful mother. I admire her creativity and spark to try new things. I treasure the memories of vacationing with Aunt Gerry and Uncle Joe, we were so lucky that they liked to travel. Know that I am praying for all of you in this time of sadness. God Bless Aunt Gerry, a beautiful angel.

Alyce Weidner

February 5, 2019

Thank you for all the awesome photos! It was so good to see your dad and mom when they were young!!! What a pair of knock-outs!!! Your mom was one of my favorite Aunts, she did the flowers for my wedding!!! Such a kind woman I know that she is with all our family who went before us and I take pleasure in knowing that!! She will be missed!!! Love ya all- Alyce

Alice Bonczyk-Katskee

February 5, 2019

I was saddened to hear your mom passed away. She was a talented and caring person. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Alice Marie

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