Doris I. Balles

June 27, 1930 ~ January 22, 2022 (age 91)


JOHNSON CITY - Doris I. Balles 91 received her wings and went to walk with the angels on January 22, 2022. Doris is predeceased by her husband Raymond Balles only 12 days ago after 68 years of marriage. Their love story began as young kids in High School. The chapters might have been different, but their love for one another was always the same. They were truly best friends whose love lasted a lifetime and were inceperable in life and death. Doris is predeceased by her parents Irene and Stanley Katleski, and brother and sister in-law Donnie and Rita Kattell. She is survived by her loving children: Cathie (Robert) Fitzgerald, David (Sandee) Balles, Patricia (Balles) Nalepa, Richard (Tammy) Balles, and Robert Balles. Her wonderful and loving Grandchildren Ricky Balles, Nicole (Calvin) Brown, Danielle (Anthony) Siracusa, Courtney (Mike) Brown, Brandon (Ashley) Balles, Keishelle Balles and Jeff Harris, Taylor (Brittney) Balles, 19 Great Grandchildren, and her loving brother and sister in-law Floyd and Rose Katleski. Doris is also survived by many neices and nephews that she loved and enjoyed spending time with. Doris was born on June 27, 1930 in Johnson City, N.Y. She was a graduate of Johnson City High School. Doris worked for IBM for 25 years and her colleagues knew her as a very hard worker and a devoted employee. She was a lifelong resident of Johnson City and it always had a special place in her heart. She loved, laughed, cried, got married, created a beautiful family and made a lifetime of memories she forever cherished. She was the greatest mom and grandma anyone could ever ask for. Her smile, love and hugs were timeless and forever everlasting. Doris raised her five children with much love and devotion and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Doris will be truly missed by her loving family and everyone that knew her. We know that you and Dad are watching over us and know that one day we will be together once again. Doris participated in a number of beauty pagents when she was younger. She was crowned “Ms Carmel Endicott Johnson” during their annual fair play carmel factory event in J.C, and runner up in the Ms. E.J. Pagent. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. Family was a key component to the foundation of her life. The Holidays were always a special time for her because it gave her an opportunity to gather with her family and cooking her favorite foods like halupki, cabbage and noodles, pickeled eggs, garlic dill pickels, and her famous coleslaw. Doris loved her family vacations at the Jersey shore and Cape May. She was also a dedicated sports fan and loved to watch the Syracuse Orangeman, N.Y. Giants Football, and the Boston Red Sox with her honey Raymond. Doris also loved to travel, dance, garden, ice skate, bowling , going to the movies, and most importanly attending sporting events for her children and grandchildren. We love you Mom and Grandma and you will always be in our hearts and prayers. The family would like to express their deepest appreciation and gratitude to Doris’s daughter Patty who took the role as caretaker in her time of need. The Balles Family would like to also express thier heartfelt gratitude for all her loving and special caregivers and especially Dr. Kahula Rehman and staff. In Lieu of flowers, the Balles family would like you to consider sending a donation to the the Alzheimers & Dementia Association at: The family will receive friends at St. James Church, 155 Main Street, Johnson City, N.Y. on Friday, January 28, 2022 fr

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