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BALAKAS, Joanna Maria Pia (nee Nicastro)

October 28, 1958 – San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy
November 3, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Joanna Balakas on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the age of 55 years.

Joanna is survived by her three sons Tony (Lindsey) Balakas, Tom (Megan) Balakas and Jason Balakas; two granddaughters Isabella and Giavanna; her mother Filomena Nicastro; siblings Angela (Joe) Olivito, Peter (Antonia) Nicastro, Joe (Pina) Nicastro, Frank (Karen) Nicastro, Anna (Tony) Perri and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Teresa Vaccaro and her father Antonio Nicastro.

Joanna immigrated to Calgary in 1966 with her mother, father and six siblings. She was a loving mother and a successful entrepreneur who also found time to volunteer with various charitable organizations. Joanna loved travelling, cooking, playing sports and above all else spending time with her three boys. She will be remembered for her kind heart, grace and natural beauty.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at First Alliance Church (12345 – 40th Street S.E.) on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at First Alliance Church (12345 – 40th Street S.E.) on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Entombment to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Joanna Balakas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. sylvia olverio :

    I am truly truly sorry for Joanna’s loss she will always be in my heart for the beautiful woman she was & how her smile was her signature.

    My love and sympathy goes out to the Nicastro family.

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  2. Our whole family is so very saddened by the loss of Joanna, a dear friend, and great mother to Tom, Tony and Jason. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May she rest in peace and reside in the loving arms of Jesus in heaven.

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  3. Louis Eliopoulos :

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Joanna’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences go to Tom,Tony, Jason and all the Nicastro family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace Joanna.

    Louis, Gayle, Marino,Anastasia and Eri Eliopoulos

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  4. Lina and Ivano Marson :

    Tom, Megan
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult times.

    Our deepest sympathy to the Balakas and Nicastro Families

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  5. Joe and Cathy Arcuri :

    Our deepest condolences to all the Balakas and Niscastro families.

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  6. John and Laura Nikolaou :

    Dear Tom, Jason, Tony and Nicastro Families, we are so deeply saddened to hear of Joanna’s passing. She was such a beautiful person, inside and out. She was always so welcoming and had a heart of gold. Our deepest condolences to you and your families. Heaven has truly received a beautiful angel.

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  7. To the Balakas and Nicastro families ..

    My sincere and deepest sympathy goes each every one of you.
    I will greatly miss Joannas words of wisdom, encouragement, her smile and warm hugs ..
    God Bless .. with love !!!

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  8. Dear Balakas and Nicastro Families,
    It is with great sorrow that I am writing you and with most sincere condolences on our loss of Joanna.
    She will be missed by all of us who knew and loved Her but we know she is present with Our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. May your families find peace and comfort in Him during this most difficult time. I am praying for all of you. God Bless You Always.
    In Christ Alone, Nicola Polini

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  9. To Frank

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your sister.

    Eric Platt

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  10. Kathy Belanger :

    Tony, Tom and Jason;

    Our deepest sympathy to each of you on the lost of your Mother.

    It’s so hard to understand the loss of your Mother who meant so much to all of you and was such a caring person. We hope you know our thoughts are with you now more than ever.

    The Belanger Family

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  11. Tom, Tony, Jason and Nicastro Family

    We are so truly sorry for your great loss.
    Our deepest sympathy to your family…..Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

    Lora Greco

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  12. Demetrio & Doris Staffa :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  13. joe ecathy mancuso :

    Our thoughts are with you while you struggle this difficult time.

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  14. Lino Mosca & Family :

    We want to extend our deepest condolences to the Nicastro family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Lino, Cheyenne, Alex and Helina Mosca

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  15. Paul and Angela Brown - Ottawa, ON :

    We send our condolences and prayers to Joanna’s boys and her extended family. We have many fond memories of the times we spent with Joanna when we lived in Calgary. Anyone she came in contact with came away a better person. She was a beautiful, amazing woman in every way.

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  16. Tina & Paolo Aiello :

    Dear Frank, Karen & Balakas/Nicastro Family
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your sister, daughter & mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Our sincerest regards,
    Paolo & Tina Aiello

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  17. Tina & Paolo Aiello :

    Dear Frank, Karen & Balakas-Nicastro Family,
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your sister, daughter & mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Our sincerest regards,
    Paolo & Tina Aiello

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  18. Dear Peter Nicastro

    My deepest condolences go out to you and your family for the loss of your sister. You will be in our prayers.

    Sincerely,
    Luigi and Antonia Cimino

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  19. Barbara Wallat :

    Although Joanna and I were neighbours, we rarely managed the time to meet. When we did, I found her a lovely and wonderful person. Her passing leaves me with sadness and I would like to express my condolences to her family.
    Barbara Wallat.

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  20. Serafina Oliverio :

    Tom, Tony, Jason and families,
    As you know Joanna was a special person. I will miss her dearly. She was like a sister to me, besides being a sister in Christ. When every we got together or talked on the phone we would always talk about two topics – God/faith and our children. And most times we would pray for all seven of you kids. I know she will continue to pray for you from her new home and I will continue to pray with her for all three of you and your families. If I can help in any way please let me know. Love in Christ, Serafina

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  21. To the Balakas and Nicastro families, please accept our sincere condolences. Joanna was my first childhood friend and I always admired her for her beauty and youthful spirit.

    God bless you at this very sad time.

    Elena Vaccaro and family

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  22. I have a very heavy heart.
    My condolences to Joanna’s family and friends. I consider myself blessed to have had met Joanna. She always told me I made her look beautiful but I never had to try to hard. What a lovely woman.
    She will be missed <3

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