Doris Irene Balos, 90

Published 2:03pm Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Born: July 8, 1922

Died: April 14, 2013

Doris Irene Balos, age 90, of Niles, Michigan died Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Hilton Head Hospital, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  She was born July 8, 1922 in Niles to Clarence William & Alta Jenny (Westerhouse) Grieger.  On November 27, 1946, Doris married Francis Michael Balos, who preceded her in death on May 3, 1990.


Doris was a lifetime resident of the Niles and Buchanan area.  She graduated from Niles High School where she was voted ‘Athlete of the Year’ in 1940.  She worked at the Niles High School for seven years after graduation and retired from Chemical Bank after 30 years of service. Doris was a member of Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Niles.

Doris was an avid college basketball and football fan; especially the teams of the Big 10.  She also loved animals and loved her daughters’ dogs and cats as her own.

Surviving family includes daughters; Linda Donohoe of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Patricia (and James) Mansfield of Niles, step-son F. Michael (and Evelyn) Balos of Buchanan, Michigan, two step-grandchildren, 10 great-step-grandchildren and one brother; Donald (and Louise) Grieger of Batavia, New York.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents and sister

Funeral services for Doris Irene Balos will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2103 at Halbritter Funeral Home with Rev. Harry Clark of Saint John’s United Church of Christ officiating.  Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery.

The family will receive relatives and friends beginning an hour prior to services at the funeral home on Friday.

Donations in memory of Doris may be made to Saint John’s United Church of Christ, Niles or to Pet Refuge, Mishawaka.

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