OBITUARY

Dr. Vasanthalakshmi Balasubramanian

July 19, 1940November 22, 2021

With deepest sadness, our family shares that Dr. Vasanthalakshmi Balasubramanian passed away on November 22, 2021.

She was a beloved mother, wife, physician, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her husband Krishnaswami Balasubramanian, her daughters Valli Ravi and Selvi Williams, her four grandchildren (Arjun, Vikram, Anandi, and Sunil), brothers Hariharan (Batti) and Suri, and extended family and friends.

Vasantha was born in 1940 in Secunderabad, India to parents Govinthammal Pondurangam and Govindaraj Mudaliar. She was the second of five children, sister to brothers Chandar, Batti and Suri and to younger sister Lalitha (Lalu). Growing up, Vasantha always worked hard and excelled in her studies. She graduated with honors from Queen Mary’s College and went on to Madras Medical College. While finishing her medical training, she met and married her husband Dr. Krishnaswami Balasubramanian, a practicing pediatrician. Vasantha practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Chennai, India. After immigrating to the United States in 1969, she became a board-certified psychiatrist and practiced for several decades in private practice and in public institutions across Northeast Ohio, and later, in California, Oregon, and Florida.

Vasantha was a true matriarch. She was a pillar of support to her husband, who survived cancer, and a beloved counselor and role model to her daughters, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. Both she and her husband helped multiple extended family members immigrate to the United States, hosted them in their home, and mentored them to establish their own careers. Vasantha continued to maintain close relationships and provide support to her extensive family in South India. Her skills as a psychiatrist permeated into her personal life. She was a sounding board and informal counselor to countless friends during their times of personal hardship. Early on, she suffered her own deep personal grief after the tragic loss of her son Senthil who passed away in infancy. Vasantha had a rich circle of dear friends from throughout the phases of her life. She was known for her authenticity, sly sense of humor, sharp mind, humbleness and genuine kindness.

Vasantha was diagnosed with early lung cancer in 2017, despite her clean living and never smoking. After her initial surgical treatment, she continued to maintain a busy life amongst close friends in Sun City, Florida for several years. Her cancer returned as stage four in 2020. She spent her final year living with her daughters in Portland, Oregon and Salt Lake City, Utah and had the joy of cuddling and playing with her cherished first great-grandchild Anka.

As a family, we are heartbroken to lose her. We will never forget her knowing smile, laughter, steady determination, and love. However, we find solace in knowing that she is relieved from her suffering. We will continue to strive to honor her pioneering life and example.

We will hold a celebration of life for her in her home community of Florida in Spring of 2022 for family and friends, with more details forthcoming.

We invite you to share your memories or special photos of Vasantha with us here.

In lieu of sending flowers, please consider sending a donation to one of the following organizations in honor of Vasantha:

Portland Rescue Mission https://portlandrescuemission.org/

American Cancer Society: https://donate3.cancer.org/

Thiruvalluvar Educational and Rural Development Trust (TEARD) http://teardtrust.org/

Or

Give India https://www.giveindia.org/all-ngos/tamil-nadu/

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Jennifer Joy Glasier

December 3, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I grew up a few doors down from Selvi’s family, and Selvi and I were friends in the same grade. I remember Vasantha as calm and kind, always with a smile to share. And of course, her cooking! Samosas? Yum! I was just in Ohio last week with my mother, and we were reminiscing about the neighborhood, including Selvi and her family. My mother also remembers Vasantha fondly and sends her condolences. Sending love to the family and those who are grieving this loss.

Beth Schnyder

December 2, 2021

As a nervous first time mom, I was so fortunate to have lived next door to Dr. Bala. She was so gentle in offering a helping hand and always gave just the right advice that I needed. There were days when I was so exhausted and needed a break and Dr. Bala would take a lap around the block with the stroller so I had time to take a breath. Other days, she would show up on my doorstep with a delicious smelling treat. As Claire got old enough to play, Dr. Bala would toss the ball with her outside while I made dinner. Her small gestures of kindness meant so much to me. We've missed her ever since they moved and her passing is a true loss to this world.

sarojini chinnaswamy

November 29, 2021

Dear Bala & Family,
Please accept our deepest condolences for your bereavement. We visited Bala and Vasantha several times with Manickams . We enjoyed our stay there and played cards together and had nice dinners. They also visited us our place. We enjoyed their company.
We miss her so much . God bless her and rest in peace.
With love,
Chinnaswamys.

Kandha Kannapiran

November 29, 2021

Dear valli, selvi and Dr Bala
We are deeply sorry to learn about the loss of dear vasantha. We still remember the days we spent together when Balu and Vasantha
came to our home to escape from hurricane Irma ! Sun city center will always be in our memory since we used to go there often to be with Vasantha and Dr. Balu .
You may have gone away from this world dear vasantha but not from our hearts . We pray Lord Muruga for your soul to attain Moksha
With love and affection,
Ganthi,Kannapiran and family

Sundaram Harikrishnan

November 29, 2021

I have known Bala and Vasantha for the last few years only in Sun City Center. They are such a wonderful couple, one can say, made for each other. When I had my first political argument, I thought she is very tough. then I realized toughness with soft heart. She never kept any bad feelings in the heart. She was always a true friend. Bala is such a mild-mannered person, she needed to take charge. The last time I saw her was few days before they left Sun City Center for good. She was in high spirits for us, I bet she was hurting inside.
My wife Jeeva and me will miss Vasantha. Our request for Bala is after a while let us have our telephone calls as usual. Our condolences to you and your family. I pray GOD to give you all the strength you need now.

Visalakshi and Palani Periasamy

November 29, 2021

Dear Dr. Balu Selvi and Valli, we are so sorry to know about Vasantha.
We always had a wonderful conversation with Vasantha.
She was always laughing and sounded happy. If I remember correctly we met for the first time during Bicentennial celebration.
We all stayed in our small house. Wonderful memories.
She will be missed.
Our deepest condolences to Balu and the rest of the family.
Visa and Samy, Jayanthi. Santhi. Ananthi. And Nalini.
With all our love to everyone in the family.

Chitra Chandran

November 28, 2021

Dear Dr Bala , Valli and Selvi,
We are deeply saddened to hear this tragic news. She has a left a deep hole in all your lives, but having known Vasantha she must have fully prepared you for this eventuality. She was a truly generous, loving and compassionate person who helped so many people around her.
Like you we will all miss her presence.
God bless. Chandran and Chitra

Nedu Gopala

November 28, 2021

Dear Dr Bala&family,
Dhanalakshmi and myself very much saddened to hear about Dr Vasathalakshmi passing away, we know them through my brother Dr Ned Shanmugam who introduced them when he visited us in Tampa around April 2019 ,we used visit each other few times ,to play chess with Dr Bala ,or play carrom board,few times get together for lunch.Dr Bala& Dr Vasanthalakshmi left Tampa on October 2020 to Portland Oregan,we had several telephone talks.may her soul Rest In Peace. Nedu Gopala & Dhanalakshmi

Usha Dheenan

November 28, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Vasantha Aunty's passing.  She was always such a kind presence with a great sense of humor.  I have many fond memories of spending time with her and the rest of your family growing up in Ohio.  In recent years, we were happy to see her and Balu Uncle on our visits to Florida.  She was so warm and generous to us and our kids.  Vasantha Aunty was a dear friend of my mom's -- one of the "trio" from school -- and will be so missed by our family.  We are thinking of you all and hope that the memories of all the good times with Vasantha Aunty bring you some peace and solace as you cope with this great loss. 

Our condolences and love to all of you -- Selvi, Valli, Balu Uncle, and the rest of your family.

Usha

Shekar Dheenan

November 28, 2021

So sorry for you loss Selvi. Please extend my condolences to your Dad and Valli. My wife and I last met your Mom and Dad a few years ago when they were still in Florida and has us over for a nice dinner . Of course I have a lot of fond memories of both your parents when you all lived in Ohio

Shekar

FROM THE FAMILY