Obituary for Doris S. Balmer (Shank)
Doris S. Balmer, 89, of Elizabethtown, peacefully entered the Church Triumphant surrounded by her loving family on Thursday morning, February 22, 2018 at her home following a brief illness. Born in Elizabethtown, she was the daughter of the late Hurl B. and Catherine H. Landis Shank. She was the wife of the late Neal F. Balmer for 50 years prior to his passing in 2002.
Doris was a faithful member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elizabethtown where she was active in a weekly women’s Bible study. She was a 1949 graduate of Elizabethtown College. Doris combined her love for children and passion for cooking into serving as food service manager of the child care ministry of her church for many years. During the time her husband served in the military, she supported him by living in several US states as well as foreign countries.
She is survived by four children, Blake K., husband of Heidi K. Kunsman Balmer, of Elizabethtown, Mark L., husband of Marie R. Grillone Balmer, of Pamplico, SC, Joel D. Balmer of Elizabethtown, and Nicol A., wife of Bryan A. Fettro, of Elizabethtown; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two siblings, Jay, husband of Joan Shank, of Maryland, and Julia Aldenfer of Arizona. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Anthony C. Balmer; a grandson, Neal F. Balmer, II; and two siblings, Harold and Reba Shank.
A service of Resurrection Victory will be celebrated on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Christ Lutheran Church, 75 East High Street, Elizabethtown. The family will receive guests at the church on Monday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Those wishing to attend the graveside service at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville on Tuesday, February 27 should plan to meet at the cemetery at 11:15 AM. The family requests that flowers please be omitted. If desired, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. To express a condolence with the family or for additional information, visit www.spencefuneralservices.com.