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Irene Ballas

February 9, 1933 — April 3, 2018

Irene G. Ballas, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Pine Crest Nursing Home.

Irene was born to the late George and Katherine (Kalafice) Papadakis in Merrill.  She received her teacher’s certificate, was married, and taught school in Tomahawk.  She devoted her life to her family and helped children in need as a Group Home Manager in the Midwest.

Irene was devoted to her Christian faith. She was very kind, strong, and always enjoyed the company of others.

Irene is survived by her son: George (Debbie), daughter: Kathy (Tom) and her special family members: the Kalafice family and the Bronsteatter family.  She is preceded in death by her parents: George and Katherine Papadakis, and sister Helen Roman.

Visitation and Funeral Mass for Irene will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  Visitation will be from 10 – 11:30am at Waid Funeral Home and the Funeral Mass at 12 noon at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Merrill.  Father Chris Kemp will officiate.  Interment will follow in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery.

May Irene always rest in peace in the arms of God.

The family would like to thank Pine Crest Nursing Home staff for the wonderful care they provided Irene.

Memorials may be sent in Irene’s name to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Merrill in lieu of flowers.

Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

10:00 - 11:30 am (Central time)

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

1708 E 10th St, Merrill, WI 54452

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