Joseph A. Balaban

June 13, 1961December 29, 2012

Joseph A. Balaban age 51 of Waynesburg died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Southwest Regional Medic al Center.

He was born June 13, 1961 in Waynesburg, a son of the late Edward P. and Rose Sich Balaban.

He was a graduate of Vale Technical Institute at Blairsville.

Mr. Balaban was a teacher at Western Area Career and Technology Center in Canonsburg. He was named Pennsylvania Vocational Teacher of the Year in 2010. He had also worked as an automotive technician at Bud Baer at Washington, Detwiler’s at Masontown, Monroe, and John Howard’s both in Waynesburg.

He was a member of the Oak View United Methodist Church at Waynesburg and was active in the Bass Masters in Greene and Washington County.

He was a devoted husband; father, brother, teacher and friend.

Surviving are his wife Rita Tennant Balaban whom he married on September 1, 1984; two sons, Glenn Edward (Janelle) Balaban of Mt. Morris and Thomas A. Balaban of Waynesburg; a grandson, Jonah Balaban; one sister, Roseddy (Lon) Montgomery of Orlando, FL; a brother Edward (Debbie) Balaban of Wexford; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High St., Waynesburg. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Oak View United Methodist Church 160 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg with Rev. David Stains and Rev. Jerrad Peterman officiating followed by interment at Greene County Memorial Park. The family requests casual attire for the services. In lieu of flowers contributions for the education of Mr. Balaban’s son and grandson may be made by check payable to Thomas A. Balaban or Glenn E. Balaban and mailed to the funeral home.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Samantha White

September 10, 2013

This man will be forever missed in my heart. For as long as I live. & I honestly can't wait to see him again. He was my vo-tech teacher. & The last thing I remember him saying to me was "what happened to the old sam? The one that always wanted to learn new things..." Those words hit me like a bullet going through a heart... So the next few days, I started trying as hard as I can to get back to the way I used to be... Christmas vacation then started, and then dec 29... I got a text saying "Mr. B died..." I will never forget the way I felt... the sleepless nights. The days I had a tech where I didnt want ANYONE talking to me. All I wanted was Mr B back... He was and always will be my Idol. I love you<3

Susan Pool

January 4, 2013

I am so shocked and saddened to hear about Joe. Although I don't think that anyone in Joe's family and I know each other, I remember him very fondly. Years ago, a car that my sister and I were driving broke down on High Street in Waynesburg and Joe stopped to help us. It took substantial effort on Joe's part to repair the car, but he simply refused to leave us stranded. I was always so grateful that it was Joe who happened by; what a kind person. My thoughts and sympathy are with everyone in Joe's family.

Rick Steele

January 3, 2013

Joe will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. He always had a joke or laugh to share. Most of the time they were funny. He was always available to lend a hand, or give advice. I'm sorry we haven't seen each other in a couple of years.

Ashley Foc

January 3, 2013

Dear Rita, I'm very sorry for your loss. Joe was a good person. You spoke higly of him when you came in for clinic. My sympathy goes out to you and your family.
~ Ashley Fox GCCTC

Joseph Balaban

January 3, 2013

Dear Rita, Tommy and Glenn, we're very sorry for your loss. Joe was a very good person. I enjoyed his enthusiasm he shared about his teaching job. I am sure he taught his sons and his students lessons they'll cherish throughout their lives. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you. Vicki and Mark Snyder

January 2, 2013

Rita and Freda
My sympathy goes out to you and your entire family. This news come as a complete suprise to me! If there is anything that I can do for you, please let me know. Mrs. Hall

January 2, 2013

To the Balaban family, I am so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. I have so many fond memories of our families sharing many good times together. I hope God comforts you and eases your pain. Please know that he is in God's arms and is also reunited with your parents. We will all meet again. Love to you. Nancy Rohanna Pawlosky and family.

Emory Johnson

January 2, 2013

Rita & Family. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Joe's death. I hadnt saw him for a good while. We grew up together in the neighborhood, and I remember him coming to the house and working on his bicycle. He said he wanted to be a mechanic when he grew up. I also remember the good times we had at the Ryerson fishing derbies, in which he was instrumental in making a success. You are in my prayers.

Michael Meighen

January 2, 2013

Dear Rita, Glen, Thomas, Jonah, Roseddy & Ed,
My sincere condolences to you for the passing of my friend Joe and your husband, dad, grandpa & brother. My mere words can not convey the sorrow I feel for all of you at this time, but I can say that I was blessed to know him from the time he was little & wanted every one to call him "Batman" till now when he grew to be very tall and just as funny as his dad "Doc" was. He even sounded like Doc.
I have many memories from the State College hunting camp that will remain treasured.
Joe will be missed but Jesus decided that he was needed in his kingdom. I'm sure that Joe will add much joy & laughter to heaven.

What a blessing he was to all who knew him,
Michael Meighen

Steve Kurtz

January 1, 2013

I grew up with Joey (as I called him) and was shocked to read about his passing, you have all of my prayers and condolences.
I was just asking about him the last time I was home, I wish now I had tried harder to find him.
My grandparents lived next to the Balaban's in Waynsburg on High Street and Joe and I would hang out every summer in the garage, driving around since I did not have a license at that time or out fishing.
He will be missed by me and a lot of other people in and out of the area.

Steve Kurtz