Helen Marie "Mickey" Balthasar

July 15, 1936June 19, 2016
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Helen Marie "Mickey" Sipperley Balthasar, age 79 of Watkins Glen, NY passed away Sunday June 19th very quickly [after a diagnosis of cancer on June 11th, 2016] at Highland Hospital surrounded by her daughters and grand daughters. Mickey was born in Watkins Glen on July 15th, 1936. She was born to the late Willis and Sophia (Janowski) Green. Mickey is survived by her daughters Julie (Joe) Gibbons and grandchildren Grace and Jed Gibbons of Rochester and Jodi (Karl) Kania and grandchildren Teddy and Safia Kania of Canandaigua, NY. She is also survived by her late husband’s children Robert, Edward, Donald (Kathie), grandsons Brian and Kevin, son James, and granddaughter Jennifer, daughter Virginia (Lee) Gross and granddaughters Kendell and Camryn, and the late John Bathasar {son}. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward C. Balthasar in 2013 and her Brother William F. Green in 1988. Mickey graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1954 and attended Nursing School in Rochester NY before transitioning to work as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray School of Dance. Dancing was a passion she continued to enjoy her entire life and was able to teach those in the community. She took a job as a legal secretary to Vince Tofany in Rochester, NY, and she became a member of the young Republican club in Rochester which is another passion she continued throughout her life. Her service to her political party in Rochester, Nunda and Watkins Glen was admirable as she campaigned for many as well as worked election days as a poll inspector. Mickey then made raising her family and tending the family business her focus. She obtained a job in 1977 as a project secretary at Senior Community Service Employment Program in Mt. Morris, NY. She transferred her job as project secretary with this agency back to her home town of Watkins Glen. She then moved back into the house where she was born in the summer of 1986, bringing her teen age daughters to live with her, her parents and her brother. In 1993 Mickey took a job as an Activities Aid at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. She continued with this job until her retirement in 2004. Mickey had a full life of serving her community and friends through activities she enjoyed such as being active as a majorette leader, a choreographer for community plays in Nunda, NY, Mt. Morris Bowling Leagues, the Watkins Glen International Race Track, SELGA and the Watkins Glen Golf Course. She was an election Inspector and a Republican Party Poll Watcher, she worked on various political campaigns, St. Mary's Guild, St. Mary's Resurrection Choir and a true passion for her was the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Mary's of the Lake. She also enjoyed participating in Moose Club, Elks Club and Mechanics Club activities. Friends and Family may call from 9-11AM on Tuesday June 28th, 2016 at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 where her mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am in the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289 Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the BPOE, Watkins Glen Lodge 1546, 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Mickey was an inspiration in our community as a positive can-do personality full of energy and light. She will be sorely missed.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 28, 2016
  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Helen Marie "Mickey" Balthasar

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June 27, 2016

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one may God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. Ps 46 : 1

Ruth Ford

June 26, 2016

So sorry to learn of the passing of Helen Marie.I worked with her in activities she always had a smile on her face and a kind word for all. I know she will be missed by all. God Bless.

Trish (Pat) Osborne Moore

June 25, 2016

Helen Marie was a soul like no other...Her infectious laugh and her love of all that was life, will be in my memories always. Her pride in her family shown in her face every time she spoke their names, while she showed off the latest picture. I can close my eyes and envision the celebration and hugs as she went those doors back home. Prayers for her family who I know will miss her terribly.

Annette Marano

June 24, 2016

Julie and Jodie, I'm very sorry for the loss of your mother. I enjoyed visiting with her and your grandmother when I lived in Watkins Glen. She always rolled with the punches and was positive, Your mother will be missed.

Charlene Kelly

June 23, 2016

Mickey lost the battle and we all lost a truly lovely family member ... friend ... fellow worker ... whatever the connection ... her wonderful, friendly smile and presence will be missed by many. My condolences to her family.

Charlene Kelly, Watkins Glen

Johnna schrier

June 23, 2016

Your mom was the best. She was always nice and kind to me. So sorry for your loss.

June 23, 2016

I'm very sorry for the loss of your love one. Loosing a love one in death is the most hardest thing ever to deal with. Please take comfort in knowing that Our loving heavenly father sees your pain and he cares for you. 1Pet.5:7

Peggy Bonzo

June 22, 2016

Julie, Jodi, and family. So sorry for your loss. I loved talking to Mickey and hearing her praise for her lovely family and she always added kind words about my kids. She had a heart of gold.

Ruth Powers

June 21, 2016

Dear Julie, Jodie and family. My deepest sympathy to you at this most difficult time. Your Mom was a bright star in my life. I will so miss her sweet smile.

Robert Balthasar

June 21, 2016

We are so sorry for your loss. Though we didn't know her well, her and my Dad seemed to make a great couple and shared many years and memories together.