Joan Balkenberg

March 22, 1926December 12, 2012

Joan Thomson Balkenberg, born in New York city on the 22nd of March 1926, died at North Cypress Medical Center in Cypress, Texas, on Wednesday the 12th of December 2012, in the presence of family members. Her husband, Louis Balkenberg died in 1991. She is survived by; her daughter from a previous marriage, Patricia Lyn Richards, PhD, of Gambier,Ohio; by Louis children, Judith Roseman of New Jersey, Jerald and Jason Baldenberg of Dayton, Texas; her sister Reverand jane T. McColl of Spring,Texas, and her brother Edward G. Thomson,Esq., of New York City. Joan graduated from Hunter High School in New York city, received her bachelor's degree in economics from Smith College in 1948, followed by two master's degrees, which led to a rich and diverse professional life in education and library science. She was active in local politics and was a founding member and active participant of Heritage Presbyterian Church. In her retirement she continued her many activities, studying Spanish and computer science, attending exercise class and the Bear Creek Friday Coffee Club. A 11 am graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at North hardyston cemetery, in Hamburg, NJ. Family and friends are invited to meet at 10am at Goble Funeral Home prior to the service.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 22, 2012

Joan Balkenberg

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Betty/George Linkhart

December 15, 2012

Joan you were such a great neighbor and you will be missed by all of your neighbors. Always so upbeat and so thoughtful. George and I will miss you very much. RIP my dear friend.

December 15, 2012

My deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Joan Balkenberg.May your fond memories of her help to sustain you during these moments of sorrow is my prayer. I was privileged to work with Joan, our librarian, at Lamar Elementary School in H.I.S.D. where our offices were adjacent to each other. I will always remember her dedication to our students and her willingness to work with me the school nurse.
Sincerely Lillie Ballard

December 15, 2012

I am praying for your family. Ms. Balkenberg was a very sweet lady who was loved by her co-workers.
Theresa Thomas

Verna Noack

December 14, 2012

My sweet friend, Joan! I know that Heaven is happy to greet you even though we will miss you here. Thank you, Lord, for sending us the friends we need. Joan enriched my life.