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Suzann J. Balch

April 4, 1956-August 4, 2021

Suzann June Balch, 65, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Born on April 4, 1956 in Orange, New Jersey to Stanley and Gwynn Westenberger, Sue was the eldest of their three children. She graduated from Summit High School and went on to study at Eastern Washington University, Spokane, Washington where she received her Bachelors Degree in Geography/Cartography.

While in college, Suzann ran a centrifuge at Beckton-Dickenson Plasma center. She was also a Lab Tech at U of Washington Primate Center for 2 years every Saturday & Sunday and holidays all through college.

After college, Sue spent a brief period working as an art dealer with her first husband in Columbus, Ohio. It was from their buying and selling of photography that they got to know Brian May of Queen pretty well- he collected stereoviews and 19th century photography.

Suzann later enlisted in the Army, where she traveled throughout Europe, married her second husband, and had her two children. After her discharge from the military, she worked for the United States Postal Service and was set to retire before her untimely death.

A lover of animals, books, art, music, crocheting- Sue was looking most forward to a retirement filled with her favorite things and plenty of time at her beloved Jersey Shore.

Suzann is preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Gwynn Westenberger. She is survived by her son Ryan Balch, her daughter, Casey McClain-Valla and her husband David Valla; brothers, John and Edward Westenberger; Edward's wife Patricia Westenberger.

A Memorial Service will be held on August 14, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 pm, at the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home, 30 Yardville-Allentown Road, Yardville, NJ.

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Just found out about the news. Have thought about Suzann fondly over the years. She was one of my earliest and best friends in grade school. I lost track of her after High School Graduations, fifty years ago this fall. Glad to read she had a good life and children and interesting careers. Love to her family and friends. Beautiful and beloved first friend in Summit New Jersey. Ginny Ashman, now Ginny Walsh.


I am shocked to have just heard of Suzie's death - I had fond memories of us cousins getting together as kids and playing pranks and various other shenanigans at the Jersey Shore - I am sorry we lost touch as we reached adulthood - my condolences to her brothers and especially to her children, Ryan and Casey -

R.I.P., dear Suzann -


Diane (Westenberger) Clemens


Sue and I left New Jersey when she was 19 and I was 22 we lived in Washington State for 4 years and had many great times and adventures. One of her greatest adventures was when she and her Cartography class camped on an island in Idaho. It was a pretty wild area with no electricity, roads or running water, they were there to practice their mapping skills and were only supposed to be gone for a week. This was in 1980 and on their first day there Mt St Helens erupted and spewed ash all over Washington and Idaho. Visibility went down to a few feet and travel was all but impossible. There was no way for Sue or…


Sue was a great sister & sister-in-law. I have so many great memories of our summers spent at the Jersey shore over the years from as little kids to grown-ups. Her laugh was infectious. Sue also loved Christmas. Enjoyed going out in the woods with our father & Myself & my wife and other friends to pick & cut down a Christmas tree. She very much enjoyed decorating it too with our dad. She was also a great Met fan, unlike her sister-in-law Patty who is a die hard Yankee fan. They had some good go arounds. She also had a love of flowers that came from both our parents. She will be dearly missed. God speed Suzie-Que.

Aug 13, 2021
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Aug 12, 2021

Worked with Sue at the Post Office, enjoyed her sense of humor and sharing pictures and stories about our pets together. She was one of a kind and such a sweet girl. I will miss her and I hope for the family that the Lord's power strengthens them.




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