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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