Edward C. Balthasar

December 5, 1933October 1, 2013

Edward C. Balthasar, age 79 passed away on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward & Eva, and brother Harold and son John. He is survived by sisters Carol Arnold and Doreen Zacher of WNY. He is also survived by his long time beloved friend and wife Helen Marie (Mickey). In addition to Helen Marie he is survived by daughter Virginia (Lee Gross) & two granddaughters Kendell and Camryn, four sons, Robert, Edward, Donald (Kathie) grandsons Brian and Kevin, and son James and granddaughter Jennifer. He is also survived by Julie (Joe Gibbons) children Grace and Jed, Jodi (Karl Kania) children Safia and Teddy, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends especially special caregivers, Allen Gerdes, Philip Simiele, David Bartone, and Gary Mead. Ed was a devoted member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Roman Catholic Church, Watkins Glen Elk’s Lodge # 1546, Mechanics Club, Loyal Order of Moose #426, and The Watkins Glen Golf Club, where he spent many joyful hours with friends. He was a Korean Era Vet serving in the Air Force for 1952 to 1960. He then attended Canisius College where he received his BS in Accounting attending night school while being employed at the GMC in Tonawanda, NY. He was a Life Time member of the American Legion and Accredited Rep to represent vets at COVA, retiring in 1995.

On a personal note, Edward relocated to Watkins Glen about 20 years ago right after retiring. He met and been associated with many good friends. He was lucky enough to have two great loving families. They made a difficult time easier for him during his illness. He couldn’t have been blessed more. Ed always said that “life is very fragile, respect it each and every day.”

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Restoration Fund, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to CareFirst, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830-3657 or Falck Cancer Center, Patient Services Fund, c/o Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY 14905. Friends and relatives may attend an hour of visitation on Saturday, October 5th, 2013 from 9am to 10am at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen, NY where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am with Father Paul Bonacci officiating.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 5, 2013
  • Mass Saturday, October 5, 2013

Edward C. Balthasar

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Eddie Better Andrea Thompson

October 13, 2013

Mickey, Remembering the good times.

Linda Mapes

October 8, 2013

Helen Marie-my thoughts and prayers are with you as you morn the loss of your dear Ed. May you take comfort in family and friends who care deeply. Peace be with you dear friend. Linda Mapes

Dave & Kathy Crans

October 6, 2013

We are so, so very sorry. Ed will be greatly missed by all. For you, Mickey, we are only a long holler or a short phone call away. Our hearts are heavy as thoughts and prayers come your way.

Brian Smith

October 5, 2013

I was honored to have the chance to golf with Ed at my Uncle Lee's golf tournament and in spite of what he knew lay ahead he was a pleasure to spend time with and an inspiration. My dad so enjoyed the Wednesday golf group and hopefully he and Ed will be on the links this Wednesday, God Bless your family

Jill Myers RN

October 4, 2013

It was an honor & pleasure getting to know Ed & his beloved family! I pray your hearts are filled with many happy memories to help guide you through your loss! My heart & prayers are with you all!!!

Frank & Sharon Pastore

October 4, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to Helen and family. I only met Edward once and I was impressed. Prayers are with you.

Patty & Mac McCarty

October 4, 2013

Please know that you all are in our thoughts. Ed was a great guy and good friend. The world now has a big hole, but heaven has made a huge gain.

Michael Wydysh

October 3, 2013

Mickey& the rest of the Balthasar family,I was blessed to know Ed all my life.He was a lifelong friend to my parents Richard & Audrey Wydysh.Ed was such a great help when my Dad had open heart surgery in Florida & we,his children, could not be there the whole time,Ed helped out keeping an eye on him.For that,I will be forever grateful.Rest in peace Ed & God bless you.

Foot Field

October 3, 2013

I have been blessed to have had the oppurtunity to have know Ed as a friend over the past years. A fellow die hard yankees fan and golfer. Ed will be truly missed but never forgotten. His spirt will be within all who he has touched. may GOD BLESS HIM!

October 3, 2013

Mickey and family. May you hold fast to your beautiful memories. Although I haven't known Ed for very long, I know the impact of his embrace on life and his family just being around you all in recent years. You would never know how much he was suffering since he always had a smile and good wishes for his friends. May it help to know he is out of pain and with good friends who have passed (Brother Keith for one)!!! May God comfort you all in your sorrow! John and Marge Arcangeli