Hazel Margaret Balog (nee White)

April 2, 1919 – December 8, 2014

Hazel Margaret Balog (age 95) was taken home to be with the Lord December 8, 2014 at Westview Place, Penticton, B.C. Hazel passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family. Hazel was 95 and passed on with sharp mind, humor and wit even in her final hours. Hazel was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Nobody will ever replace her loving spirit that remains in our hearts. Hazel was the example of style, honor, grace and faith in God and a role model of what a mother should be. Hazel was born and raised on a farm in the Lansdowne, Saskatchewan area and the last survivor of five children of father William Oscar White (aka W.O.) who passed away in January 1963 and mother Hosie Elizabeth White who passed away in June 1953. In 1913 W.O & Hosie homesteaded their farm in the Lansdowne area. In her youth, Hazel was active as a young lady in sports and drama; playing softball in summer, ice-skating and hockey (forbidden sport for young girls), participated in Lansdowne school plays, concerts, Sunday school teacher and played the piano. Hazel continued her love of sports as a devoted fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Toronto Blue Jays, Edmonton Oilers and shared her faith at Summerland United Church and various United Churches wherever Hazel lived. 1933-1939 Hazel worked on the family farm enrolled in high school by correspondence. 1939-1941 age 20 Hazel moved to Winnipeg where she was employed as a nanny for a druggist family, 1942 to 1945 enrolled in the military forces assembling war equipment and the last two years promoted as Assistant to the Head Nurse at Merchants Rubber Company, Kitchener, Ontario. 1945 after the war Hazel returned to Winnipeg where she worked in the audit department of Eaton’s catalogue and mail order warehouse. 1945-46 Hazel returned to the family farm meeting her husband Steve H. Balog at the 1945-46 Bender school Christmas concert, then married on March 9, 1946. Hazel, Steve and sons worked on their farm to 1972. In 1961 moved to Regina for the winter months, Hazel worked at Silk-O-Lina, Birks and Peoples Jewelry during the winter months until they sold the farm in 1972 then spent winters in Arizona and Palm Springs while living at Buena Vista (Regina Beach), last move from the beach was Regina before moving to Summerland, BC in 1988. As grandparents they never missed a chance to take grandchildren on camping trips during the summer. Hazel remained active in Church groups, greeter at Summerland Elementary school for many years, bridge card clubs, and regular golfer once achieving a hole-in-one. Hazel travelled to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland in 2001. Hazel was preceded by husband Steve H Balog October 6, 2001, brothers; Lloyd White 2008, Bruce White 2004 and sisters; Estella 1959, Mabel 1925. Hazel is survived by her eldest son Douglas Balog, granddaughter Marnie Balog, grandson Graham Balog (Brook), great grandchildren Sydney and Reid all of Palm Desert, California and youngest son Barry Balog, granddaughters; Amanda Kreider, Megan Wagner and grandson Justin Balog, great grandchildren Miya Krieder, Mathew Wagner, Jayden and Noah Balog all of Edmonton, Alberta. Memorial services were held at Summerland United Church, Summerland, BC 10:30 am Saturday, December 13, 2014 with interment to be Lansdowne Memorial Gardens in early July 2015. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Summerland United Church, 13204 Henry Rd, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0 OR Lansdowne Memorial Gardens mail c/o Cliff Johnson, 629 Main Street, Kipling, SK. S0G 2S0.

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