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Joe Balsano

1939 - 2019

Joe Balsano

Sept. 17, 1939 - Feb. 3, 2019


Joseph Anthony Balsano, Jr. did things his way and will be remembered for his huge

heart, the love he showed his huge family and the huge legacy he leaves that will live on. Joe was born in Omaha, NE to Joseph Sr. and Anna (Rease) Balsano. He peacefully went to meet the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 3, surrounded by his loving family. Joe retired from Wilson Foods, where he made many lasting friendships. He was also the Founder and President of JABCO Inc. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Suzi; daughter, Denise Wood and husband David with grandchildren, Joey and Jaclyn Wood, of Tulsa, OK; son, Denny Balsano with grandchildren, Tanner and Baylee Balsano, of Bethany, OK; brother, Ralph Balsano (Jean); sisters, Pat O'Neill (Mark), Jeanette Niemiec (Bob), Monica Kessler, Marlene Kalasky, Mary Gorup (Bernard), and Michaela Balsano; 15 nieces and nephews and 27 great- nieces and nephews as well as a host of other extended family and friends who will miss him dearly. The family will be available to greet friends during visitation at the Smith & Kernke N. May Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, Feb. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Oklahoma City, where Joe and Suzie were members. Joe's family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of St. Anthony Hospital, especially Dr. Riha, Dr. Toma, Dr. Dennis and Taylor Winzeler, PA, who took exemplary care of him over 20 years. For those wishing to honor Joe, donations are suggested to the .
Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 5, 2019
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