Jean Loraine Balmer

July 20, 1931 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Jean Balmer Obituary

Jean Loraine Balmer of Winona Lake, Indiana passed away surrounded by her family at 7:28 a.m. on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the age of 92.

She was born on July 20, 1931, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Minnie Alverta (Diehl) and Charles William Slagel.  At the young age of 19, she knew she wanted to spend the rest of her life with a young man named Robert Shreiner Balmer.  On July 1, 1951, in Lititz, Pennsylvania she married Robert, and they were blessed to have celebrated 63 years of marriage together before he passed away on November 10, 2014. 

Jean and Robert made their home in Kosciusko County, Indiana over 30 years ago where they were members of Community Grace Brethren Church in Warsaw.  She enjoyed the time she spent with her friends at the Akron Senior Citizens Club.  Jean loved her family dearly and was a wonderful homemaker and mother and later loved being a grandmother and great grandmother. 

She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Patricia “Patti” Boren (Winona Lake, IN); and daughter-in-law, Deb Balmer (Warsaw, IN).  She leaves behind six grandchildren, Joshua (Jennie) Boren (Leesburg, IN); Matthew (Monica) Boren (Warsaw, IN); Benjamin (Katy) Boren (Winona Lake, IN); Johanna (Andrew) Palladino (Warsaw, IN); Shelley (David) Brigham (AK); Jon (Ashley) Balmer (North Webster, IN); and seventeen great-grandchildren, Whitney, Noah, Riley, Silas, Abner, Adeline, Beatrice, Gracie, John, Adah, Jack, Randi, Kolden, Melissa, Andrew, James and Otto.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert Balmer, son Randy Balmer in 2012, son-in-law John Boren in 2012, four brothers, and one sister.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana and officiated by her grandson, Matt Boren.  Friends and family are invited to meet at 4:00 p.m. at Leesburg Grace Brethren Church, 101 W. School Street, Leesburg, Indiana to celebrate Jean’s life with a time of fellowship.  Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana. 

Memorial donations in Jean’s memory may be directed to Lakeland Christian Academy, 1093 S. 250 E., Winona Lake, IN  46590. 

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Graveside Service
February 16, 2024

2:00 PM
Oakwood Cemetery, Indiana, Warsaw

Gathering of Family and Friends
February 16, 2024

4:00 PM
Leesburg Grace Brethren Church
101 W. School Street
Leesburg, IN 46538


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