In loving memory of Barbara Ballnik, 96, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct, 21, 2012 at Rainycrest Long-term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
Barbara is survived by her son, Michael Joseph Ballnik (Barbara) of Burditt Lake, Ont.; grandchildren, Dawn Allison Dumontier (Christopher) of Winnipeg, Man. and Michael Gordon Ballnik (Jamie) of Seattle, Wash.; and great-grandchildren, Joseph Christopher and Jaimie Marie Dumontier, and Jesse Ballnik.
She also is survived by her goddaughter, Susan Hachey (Fahlgren).
She was predeceased by her husband, Mike, in 1988.
Barbara was born June 21, 1916 in Sarca Barat, Yugoslavia.
At the age of 11, Barbara, her parents, and two younger brothers left Yugoslavia in 1927 to come to Canada to settle in Winnipeg.
Here she met Mike Ballnik. They went to Red Lake, Ont. and married on Hallowe’en Day in 1939.
They settled in Cochenour, Ont. and Barbara lived there until 2009.
Known as Granny “B” to many, she was well-known for her cooking, in particular butter tarts, cookies, and tortes. Her yard and lawn were immaculate, and in the winter she shovelled the sidewalks as soon as it snowed.
She enjoyed walking and sometimes would walk from Cochenour to the Lakeview Cafe in Red Lake.
Most mornings you could find her at Haywards Marina for coffee and some interesting conversation.
In 2009, she had to give up her home and moved to Rainycrest in Fort Frances.
She enjoyed being there and made new friends.
There will be a service in the spring.
In memoriam donations may be made to a charity of your choice c/o Herold Funeral Home, P.O. Box 237, Red Lake, Ont., P0V 2M0.