Edward Balanti, age 92, of McKeesport, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 11, 2021. Born June 26, 1929, in Braddock, he was the son of the late Hugo and Jean (Mazzoni) Balanti and husband of Carol (Giovenazzo) for 42 years.
In addition to his wife, Ed is survived by children, Edward Balanti, Jr. and Debbie (Gary) Steimer; grandchildren, Bryan Balanti and Dana (Jim) Adams great grand dog Watson; sister, Virginia (John) Osley, many nieces, nephews, and special buddies next door, Gavin, Gannon, and Gracie.
He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Grace DeNardo, and brother, Sylvester Balanti.
Ed was a lifetime member of the Braddock Elks Lodge #883, the Wilmerding Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #86 and was the last paid Fire Chief of Braddock. As an Usher and Eucharistic Minister at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Braddock, he was always active in his church. Ed was also a member of Mary Mother of God Parish, St. Patrick Church. He always enjoyed crossword puzzles, sweet treats, and 5 o’clock happy hours in Myrtle Beach. Words from his son: the fire alarm sounded. Dad went on the fire truck, red lights on, sirens blaring. This was the last fire call he would go on. Rest in peace, Chief. We love you. We went on several cruises as a family. We had three balcony rooms all in a row and would sit on the balcony having a few cocktails just watching the sea. Everyone was munching on a chip, cheese, and or fruit. It was time to get ready for dinner. We all got dressed and left our rooms together to have a before-dinner cocktail. Dad would order gin and tonic; Bryan, Jim, and I had the same. Carol would have a cosmo, and Dana being special, would have a specialty drink. We all would be talking and sipping our drinks. We had half our glass gone and look over, and dad was done with his. He was ordering another round for all of us. He loved putting three drinks down before dinner. We all had to keep up with him, and it was great family time at sea.
Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from noon until the time of the funeral service at 4 p.m.
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