Ida A. Balzer

June 9, 1916January 23, 2011

Ida Ann Balzer was born at home on June 9th, 1916 in Chinook, Montana. When she was 5 years old, the family moved to a farm in Cordell, Oklahoma where they raised chickens, cotton and cattle. Her last year of education was the 9th grade, which she completed at the Bible Academy in Corn, Oklahoma. She worked as a nanny/housekeeper before getting married to the love of her life (Herb Balzer) in 1935 at the age of 19. During her early-married years, Ida did farm labor, which included picking cotton. The Balzer family then moved to California in 1948. Ida worked at a bakery in Reedley and continued to do bakery work after the family moved to Fresno in 1956. She was a dedicated employee for Karsh’s Bakery for 20 years and worked at various locations. Ida was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Catherine; her 2 brothers, Albert and Paul; her 2 sisters, Lydia and Ruby; her husband of 70 years, Herb and her 2 sons, Billy Ray and Norman. Surviving relatives are daughter Barbara Balzer Swan and husband Bob of Clovis; son Gary Balzer and wife Deanna of Hanford; daughter-in-law Marylee Balzer of Armona; granddaughter Michelle Smith and husband Paul of Clovis, granddaughter Deb Balzer Mouret of Morro Bay, grandson David Triplitt and wife Traci of Fresno and 5 great grandchildren, Max, Sophie, Christelle, Dawson, and Toryn. Ida had a very personal relationship with her Savior and attended Peoples Church for many years. She was a very loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. She was precious to all that knew her and she was always ready with a big hug, a beautiful smile and a listening ear. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be sent to Optimal Hospice Care, 6770 North West Avenue, #015, Fresno, CA 93711


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ida A. Balzer

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January 31, 2011

Dear Cousins and families. The picture that comes up on the computer is such a vivid reminder of Aunt Ida's warmth and beautiful smile. I can almost hear her voice and feel her sweet disposition. Her length of days is a tribute in itself to her goodness, according to the first command with promise, reflecting the sort of child she must have been. Our love and respect, Gene and Glenda Siemens. Springdale, AR.

Marilyn Murphy

January 28, 2011

To my dear friends Barbara & Bob & family,
My heart is with you all and my prayers too. She is at a much better place than this old world. You were so blessed to have many years with your mom, and I know she was also so blessed to have you. She was such a sweet, sweet lady.... I know you will miss her! Love to you all, and I wish I could be there for you. Your friend, Marilyn Murphy

Ron & Fran Schmidt

January 28, 2011

Barbara & Gary,
Fran & I would like to express our deepest symapthy in the loss of your mother. Aunt Ida was my favorite Aunt in my Mom's family she always had a big hug for us every time we had a chance to see her weather it was out in CA or when her and Herb were here in OK visiting. I still remember the times that we came to CA to your Mom's house when me & Kenny just little kids. She always had time to show us around and do fun things when we came out. Aunt Ida will always have a special place in my heart and I will always remember the times that she came to OK to see my Mom and vist us.
She was a great lady and the world needs more Aunt Ida's and it would be a better place for all. We will remember you and your family during these difficult times. We will keep you in our prayers. God Bless You'all.

Love you'all
Your Okie cousins

Ron & Fran Schmidt
RR2 Box 61
Cordell, OK 73632