OBITUARY

Aspasia "Pat" Ballas

January 18, 1921November 17, 2021

Aspasia “Pat” Ballas, 100, of Keene, NH, fell asleep in the Lord in her home on November 17, 2021.

She was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on January 18, 1921, the daughter of Nicholas and Theodora (Gogas) Damalas.

Pat graduated from Central High School in Manchester in 1939 and took bookkeeping classes at Hesser Business College in 1940. She worked in bookkeeping at the MKM knitting mills until marrying James (Jimmy) Ballas in 1952. After two years (1953-1955) in San Bernardino, California while employed as a civilian at the Norton Air Force Base, the family moved for a short spell to Trumbull, Connecticut before finally settling in Keene in 1956.

She dedicated her life to managing her household, assisting her husband in his restaurant and catering business, and as a faithful member of the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was a member of the ladies guild known as the Elpis (Hope) Society.

Pat’s amiable disposition made her a gracious hostess at the restaurant and enjoyable in all gatherings, but never the social butterfly. Her quiet, modest, and disciplined life set the tone of order and peace in her household. Although she appreciated technological advancements in her housework, some things never changed, like air conditioning the house with portable fans and always hanging laundry out to dry (even in the frigid winter cold) and then ironing every single article of clothing, symbolizing her generation's thrift, toughness and commitment to going the "extra mile."

She took great pleasure and pride in the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, but never when success bred an attitude of self-importance and disrespect of one’s elders. She will take great pleasure even now if we keep her ways in our lives. Words can neither describe nor account for her life of service to us all. She will be greatly missed but more greatly remembered.

Survivors include her two sons, Christopher Ballas (Dimity) of East Swanzey and Fr. Stavros Ballas (Thea) of Chattanooga, TN; a sister, Chrysoula (Susie) Kounelas of Manchester, NH; two grandchildren, Nichole Brochu (Michael) and Evan Ballas of East Swanzey, three great grandchildren, Sophia, Anna and Olivia, and several nieces and nephews. Her brothers Soterios (Ted) and John died earlier.

The family wishes to thank all the home health care and hospice workers for their dedicated service and care. The value of comfort they provided was inestimable and deeply appreciated, not only for Pat but for her family members who were deeply comforted that her care could be administered in her own home. The family also wishes to express its gratitude to all the tradesmen who retrofitted the home to make her caregiving easier.

Services for Mrs. Ballas will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021 at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West Street in Keene. Viewing will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the church and the funeral at 11:00 am. Those in attendance are required to wear masks.

Officiant at the funeral will be Father Stavros Ballas.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Aspasia Ballas to Saint George Greek Orthodox Church (in memo: Renovations), 70 West Street, PO Box 392, Keene, NH 03431.

  • DONATIONS

  • Saint George Greek Orthodox Church (in memo: Renovations)

Services

  • Viewing

    Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 19, 2021

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Darlene Brehio

November 23, 2021

Sounds like she was one heck of a woman and she knew how to bring up her children Chris is a Wonderful person. Our sincere condolences to the family.

Deborah Bonenfant

November 21, 2021

My Sincere Condolences to Chris and Steve and your families. Your Mom was a very special lady. While working at Hayward Farms in the ice cream room from 1970- 1974, she also taught me to run the cash register & be a hostess. Your mom was always so kind and nice . I truly was happy to know your entire family and work with you all. May she Rest in Peace and watch over all of her family from above. I am thinking of you all

Debbie Wilson Bonenfant

Darlene Dutrisac

November 19, 2021

I remember Mrs. Ballas as being an extremely kind and lovely lady. I worked for Mr Ballas at Hayward Farms Restaurant in the ice cream shop. It was always fun to teach Mrs Ballas how to make frappes and Ice Cream Sundaes.
The Ballis family was always very kind to me but Mrs. Ballas was the sweetest person ever.
Chris and Steve I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. Sending prayers and healing to you and your families.
Sincerely,
Darlene Dutrisac

c keith

November 19, 2021

Chris & Steve; I am sad to hear this news. I vividly remember Steveie meeting me early Sunday morning on Main Street to tell me of Jimmys passing the night before. Something I never expected. Your parents will always be specials memories for me. Thank you Chris for keeping me updated when we spoke

nia michaels

November 17, 2021

So many memories of your mom and your family. Sending lots of love, Eugenia

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY