Balzan, Anthony "Tony" J. (March 26, 1925 - April 24, 1995)

Anthony 'Tony' Balzan

Douglas Budget - April 26, 1995

Mass for Christian burial for Anthony J."Tony" Balzan, 70, will be held Friday, April 28, 1995, at 10 a.m. at the Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Guernsey.

Father Pat Shea will be the celebrant and John Birleffi giving the eulogy. Vigil for the deceased will be April 27 at 7 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Hartville Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Lake Guernsey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4471.

Mr. Balzan died April 24 at Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland. He was born March 26, 1925, in Sunrise to Florindo and Angelina Balzan. His parents had immigrated from Calveni, Italy, in 1907.

He attended the Sunrise schools, graduating in 1944.

Mr. Balzan entered the United States Navy in April 1944, completing his boot camp at Camp Feragot in Idaho. He was assigned as motor machinist mate, third class on the S.S. Terry Stevenson and received an honorable discharge in May 1946.

He attended two years at the University of Wyoming, then transferred to the University of Northern Colorado Teacher's College in Greeley where he played football for two years. Mr. Balzan graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of arts in education.

He taught science and physical education in Glendo for one year, at Sunrise for four years and in Douglas for 19 years, He also coached football, basketball and track. In 1975 he retired to Hartville.

Mr. Balzan was a member of the Guernsey Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Douglas American Legion, Hartville Fire Department, served on the Hartville Town Council and was a member of the Saint Anthony Catholic Church of Guernsey. He was also active with the Hartville Boot Hills Days. His interests in life were gardening, wildlife and watching all types of sports.

He is survived by two brothers, Lendo "Butch" Balzan and Lucian Balzan of Wheatland; a sister, Betty Letterman of San Ysirdro, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Balzan was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Alma in infancy and Celestina Testolin; and a brother, Bruno.

Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Vannelli, John Birleffi, W.C. "Gig" Vannelli, John Chiamulon, Walter L. "Buggs" Elmore Jr. and Nick Lagos. Honorary pallbearers will be all of his many friends.

Memorials to the Guernsey Rescue Unit, P.O. Box 303, Guernsey 82214 would be appreciated by the family.

Platte Funeral Chapel of Wheatland is in charge of the arrangements.

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