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Joseph Balice

August 18, 1929 July 4, 2019
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Joseph (Joe) Balice died peacefully at home in the early hours of July 4th, in Oakbrook, IL at the age of almost 90, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 60 years, Theresa, his children Rita, Mary and Lori, sons-in-law Bruce, Michael and Randall, and six beloved grandchildren, Alexa, Carolyn, Ava, Rhys, Morgan and Hassan. Joseph is also survived by his sister, Anastasia Balice Accettura, sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and –nephews and godchildren.
Joseph was born on August 18, 1929 in Ceglie del Campo, Italy, to Giuseppe and Giulia (Giovanelli) Balice. He arrived in the United States after a brief stay in Mexico and married Theresa Burdi on January 31, 1959. Joseph began working for M. Ecker and Company, a drywall and painting firm based in Chicago, overseeing several large job sites. Joseph and Theresa raised three daughters in North Riverside and Oakbrook, IL.
Proud of his Italian heritage, Joe was a long-time member of the Italian Catholic Federation and Ci-AMA. He was joyful and optimistic, thoughtful and irreverent, romantic and loving. Joe had a deep and abiding faith, nurtured by his parents, which sustained him throughout his life and in his final days. Despite the challenges in his life, Joe saw only blessings and created beauty wherever he went – in his artwork, his garden and his precious relationships. Above all else, he treasured time spent with his children, grandchildren, family and friends. Family was everything to him, and he was everything to his family.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Adams, Winterfield and Sullivan Funeral Home, 4343 Main Street, Downers Grove. A funeral mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s of Gostyn Catholic Church in Downers Grove. Father Jim Schwab will celebrate the mass. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Joseph’s name to your favorite charity. The family would like to thank the physicians, nurses, chaplains and staff at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, and the nurses and staff at Angel’s Grace hospice, for their loving care and support. For Information 630-968-1000 or

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8:30 AM 7/6/2019 8:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 7/6/2019 10:00:00 AM
Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home-Downers Grove

4343 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home-Downers Grove
4343 Main Street Downers Grove 60515 IL
United States





10:30 AM 7/6/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary of Gostyn Church

445 Prairie Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

St. Mary of Gostyn Church
445 Prairie Avenue Downers Grove 60515 IL
United States

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Queen of Heaven Cemetery Final Resting Place

1400 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60126

1400 S. Wolf Road Hillside 60126 IL
United States

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