Nov. 23, 1931 - Nov. 24, 2019
Elsie Jean Balzar, age 88, of Fifield, died on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at Park Manor Nursing Home in Park Falls. She was born on Nov. 23, 1931 in Richland County, the daughter of Thomas and Leona (Buroker) Doudna. After graduating high school, Jean earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Methodist Hospital in Madison. On Sept. 27, 1952, she married James Balzar in Sextonville. The couple lived in Columbus for five years and then moved to Fifield. Jean worked as a nurse at Flambeau Hospital and Park Manor Nursing Home. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, and spending time with her family. There was always a full house during the holidays.
She is survived by eight children: Rollin Balzar of Oshkosh, Toni Balzar of Fifield, Randy (Betty Jo) Balzar of Neenah, Rodney (Mary) Balzar of West Bend, Rory (Sheila) Balzar of North Branch, Minnesota, Rocky Balzar of Park Falls, Rolf (Karren) Balzar of Fifield, and Richard Balzar of Oshkosh; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Mary Ruth (Harold) McCoy of Richland Center; two sisters-in-law: Marilyn Doudna of Richland Center, and Mary Ann Schmitt of Prentice.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James in 2004, an infant son James Joseph, and six brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at the Novitzke-Birch Street Funeral Service Chapel in Park Falls at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. Rev. Carol Gabrielson will officiate.
Burial will follow at Forest Home Cemetery in Fifield.
A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.
Memorials to the Flambeau Hospital Auxiliary would be greatly appreciated.
Novitzke-Birch Street Funeral Service is assisting the family.