Gladys Balocca 1946-2020
Gladys Jean Balocca, 73, of Perry, formerly of Oskaloosa and formerly a long-time resident of Burlingame, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020, at a care facility in Lawrence.
Gladys was born on July 30, 1946, to Oliver “Ray” and Jean (Heusted) Tufts. That family included a sister, Gayle, a brother, John, and a close cousin, Aletha. Her school years were spent in Burlingame where she graduated from Burlingame High School with the class of 1964.
Danny Lee Balocca and Gladys Jean Tufts were united in marriage on June 28, 1964, in Osage City. They made their home in Burlingame and raised their family of five children in that community until the Hallmark plant at Osage City was closed. Danny was transferred to the Leavenworth plant and they relocated to Oskaloosa.
Gladys was active in a number of clubs and organizations. Growing up, she went with her mother to Extension Unit meetings and continued to do so in both Osage and Jefferson counties. She was active in Kansa Prairie Quilters and Kaw Valley Quilt Guild and met with quilters from around the state through an online quilting group.
Gladys was a member of the Federated Church in Burlingame. When they moved to Oskaloosa, she was involved in the First Baptist Church. Gladys was an active listener, taking notes during sermons and bore witness to her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior.
Gladys was a child care provider and staffed the front desk at the Jefferson County Medical Clinic for several years.
Gladys was predeceased by her parents and a sister-in-law, Judy Tufts.
She is survived by her husband Danny and their children, Mark (Randee) Balocca, Matthew (Sarah L.) Balocca, Dean (Tara) Balocca, Dana (Greg) Nichols and Sarah Jean Balocca; grandchildren Brett Balocca, Thomas Noble, Rachael Balocca, Rebecca Balocca, Kendra Balocca, Kiera Balocca and Kingston; and one great-grandchild, Laila Balocca.
A private family burial was held Friday, March 20 in Burlingame Cemetery, Burlingame. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.