Obituary: Odessa G. Balloga
Odessa was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Joseph Balloga, and seven of her eight siblings.
She is survived by: her sister, Katie Louise Cottrell of Springfield, Mo; her daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Edward Snyder, with whom she resided in Franklin, Tenn.; her son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Cindy Balloga of Meeker, Colo.; step-grandchildren Allan and Ruth Snyder; and grandchildren: Evan Kutzler, Sarah, Abram, Jonas and Clare Balloga.
In Pueblo, Colo., where Odessa and Lou raised their children, Odessa put her love of children to good use by running a preschool.
She enjoyed playing bridge. As president of Chapter 117 of the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Workers, Odessa used her gracious personal style and effective leadership to spearhead a letter-writing campaign that preserved the integrity of the association’s pension plan.
Odessa will be remembered by all who knew her well as a refined, gracious, kind woman and a devoted mother and grandmother.
No local service is planned.