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Joan F. "Dolly" Ballish
Talented at Crafts of All Kinds; Had A Great Sense of Humor
Age 87
Born: April 3, 1931   Died: September 17, 2018

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Joan F. “Dolly” Ballish (nee Betchie), 87, of Lorain, passed away Monday September 17, 2018.

She was born April 3, 1931 in Farrell, Pennsylvania and had been a resident of Lorain since 1968 moving from Sheffield Lake where she had lived for nine years.  Joan married Tom, her childhood sweetheart, in 1953.  They lived in Germany for a year while Tom was serving in the US Army then made their home in Meadville, Pennsylvania before moving to Ohio.

Joan was known for her many talents including baking, entertaining and crafts of all kinds.  She painted, knitted, sewed, cross stitched and made jewelry.  She even operated a craft shop, The Weed Patch, with several friends in the 1970’s.  She loved gifting her family and friends with her beautiful creations.  Joan had a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh.

Joan was involved in many organizations and clubs including the Lakeland Women’s Club and The Knit Wits, a knitting club.  She was a member of St. Peter Parish in Lorain where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, decorated the altar for many years, participated in scripture study and the St Francis Mission and developed lifelong friendships with her fellow members.  

She is survived by her children: Tom (Kathy) Ballish of Orchard Park, New York, Jane (Guy) Lewis of Amherst, Greg (Kris) Ballish of Sandy Springs, Georgia and Matt (Susan) Ballish of Richmond, Virginia; grandchildren: Amanda (Tim) Greeff, Andrea (Doug) Mihalic, Elizabeth and Eric Lewis and Audrey, Sydney & Rachael Ballish; great granddaughters Camille and Macie; sister-in-law Mary (Jack) Yurcich, brother-in-law Mike (Kathy) Ballish and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Tom in 1995, parents Frank & Anna Betchie (nee Miklosovich) and sister Vilma Matsko. 

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