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Gesina Henrika Heyen Balster
Mrs. John C. Balster
Death Thursday Follows Extended Illness
Gesina Henricka Balster, 91, passed away at the John McDonald hospital Thursday afternoon, after having been a patient there for the past three months. Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Monday) September 20, at 2:30 p.m. from St. John's Lutheran church, with the pastor Rev. August K. Stenzel officiating. Burial will be made in the St. John's cemetery. Casket bearers were Leslie M. Balster, Benhard Brokens, C. E. Heyen, Abbott Mayer, James Stadtmueller, and Lyle Tobiason.
Born Gesina Henrika Heyen in Reepsholt, Germany, Sept. 1, 1863, she was the daughter of Heike Heyen and Maria Wiemers Heyen. On Feb. 4, 1888, she entered the United States and was married to John C. Balster on Jan. 3, 1893 in St. John's Lutheran church by Rev. F. Von Stobe, and they made their home in the Scotch Gove vicinity. She was the last survivor of eight children. Her husband preceded her in death Apr. 23, 1914.
Survivors include two sons, Arend Balster, Jr. of Scotch Grove and Robert H. Balster of Ixonia, Wis., and a daughter, Mary K. Balster of Scotch Grove. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her husband, three daughters and one son.
She was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran church.
The Goettsch funeral home had charge of arrangements.

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