Craig S. Balentine

October 22, 1912March 30, 2013

New London- Craig Sarah Balentine, age 100, passed away peacefully at her home on 3/30/2013. She had been a resident of New London for 81 years, moving to the city in 1932 was a new bride. She was born in Easton, PA on October 22, 1912, the only child of Harrison and Constance Fay Jones. She graduated from Easton High School, Class of 1930 and attended Westchester State Teachers’ College in Westchester, PA. She was married to John K. Balentine, Sr. for 40 years, and enjoyed the associations which came with his long standing career in education at the former Buckley School, NLHS and Mitchell College. She was a member, chairwoman and past deaconess of Second Congregational Church which she joined in 1940 and a Life Member of the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Auxiliary with over 500 hours of volunteer work. She loved her home, her summers at Ocean and Mitchell beaches with her family and was a staunch supporter of UConn Women’s basketball and the Boston Red Sox. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Sharon P. Balentine. Survivors include daughters Connie F. Dorrie, (Gene) St. Petersburg, FL and Louise C. Connolly (Ray) Raleigh, NC and son John K. Balentine, Jr., New London, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Arrangements are by Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home. At the request of the deceased, there will be no memorial service. Interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers the family would be grateful for a small donation, in her memory, to the Memory Book, Second Congregational Church, 45 Broad Street, New London, CT 06320.


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Corinne Pursell

April 27, 2013

I am so sorry to learn of Craig's death. She and my mother, Agnes Smith Pursell, were best friends as girls in Easton and stayed in touch throughout their lives. Her letters helped me so much after my mom's death in 2002, and she always wrote with pride and joy of her wonderful family. My prayers are with them.

April 7, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.

Hanna Cushman

April 6, 2013

Kim, John and all the Balentine family,
I first met Grandma B about twenty five years ago when her late daughter-in-law, Sharon, hosted the annual Secret Santa. Her love of family, her faith and her wonderful spirit was obvious then and many years later when her health began to fail. I know that she has found a glorious place in heaven, Rest in peace. Your spirit lives on with those who loved you so.

April 5, 2013

Dear Balentine Family:
Our memories of Craig and John go back to the middle 1960s spending time with them on the Michell College
beach. Craig was a wonderful caring person and we are blessed to have known her. Our condolences to the Balentine family.
Heather and Doug Yarnall

Anita Goldstein Miller

April 5, 2013

To All -
Your family and my family have been neighbors for a very long time. I remember you mom as the most beautiful woman and I can still smell your dad's tobacco which used to float over into our bedroom as children.......Hopefully, they are together and at peace now. Our condolences to the family. She will be missed!

Mary Merwin

April 4, 2013

I remember your beautiful Mom from the Second Congregational Church. She was always kind and a wonderful spirit to be around. May she rest in peace and God bless all of you at this time of great loss.

April 3, 2013

Balentine Family, Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. Mrs. Balentine was always most kind to Dobee and then me, when I married into the family. You were all fortunate to have been blessed with her for these many, many years. Fondly, Dobee & Debbie Putz

Stan Simon

April 3, 2013

Louise, John & Connie,
I join you both in mourning the loss of your Mom, whom I remember dearly as warm and beautiful and who, with your Dad, my teacher and mentor, made indelible impressions on my life and career. I will always be grateful to both for their affection, wise counsel and guidance.
With my love and sympathy,