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.Print This Obituary & Condolences