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Marieta Ann Balius

March 23, 1931 — July 22, 2017

Marieta Ann (Albrecht) Balius, age 86, of McCook, NE lost her valiant battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on July 22, 2017 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, McCook.

Marieta was born March 23, 1931, in McCook, to parents Lloyd Ernest and Margaret Elizabeth (Gillen) Albrecht.  She was one of six children born to this union.  Growing up, Marieta attended McCook Public Schools.  After her graduation from McCook High School in 1950, Marieta went on to attend McCook Community College, graduating in 1952.  She then obtained her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

Marieta married the love of her life, Eugene Balius on June 14, 1950 in McCook.  The couple recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.  Marieta and Gene were blessed with three children; son, Terry and daughters, Ann and Patricia.  The family made their home in McCook.

Marieta taught 4th Grade at Culbertson Elementary School for 28 years.  She was also a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Altar Society.  Her hobbies included bowling, playing cards and cake decorating.  She particularly enjoyed decorating wedding cakes.  Marieta also taught classes at McCook Community College, and served on the Red Willow County Electoral Board.

Following their retirements, Marieta and Gene began traveling.  Spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren was a highlight of their Golden Years together.

Marieta was preceded in death by her parents; son in law Harry A. Strunk; and three brothers, Franklin Albrecht, Richard Albrecht and Daniel Albrecht.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Gene Balius of McCook; son Terry (Cherri) Balius of Hayes Center, NE; daughters, Ann (Steve) Barger of McCook and Patricia Strunk of Key Largo, FL; sister, Berniece (Fred) Corey of Pinetop, AZ; brother, Robert Albrecht of North Platte, NE; sister in law Darlene Albrecht of North Platte; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Casey) Roth, Chelsie (Mike) Slattery, Shane (Kelli) Barger, Todger Strunk and Tanner Strunk; five great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 beginning at 7:00 PM at St. Patrick Catholic Church, McCook.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 10:30 AM, also at St Patrick Catholic Church with Father Gary Brethour officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, McCook.

In loving memory of Marieta Balius, memorial contributions are suggested to "Nebraska Respite" of Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department.  Contributions can be left at the service, the funeral home or mailed to PO Box 476, McCook, NE 69001.


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