Jean (Bekermeier) Balogh, 57, of State College, went from her earthly home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ in her heavenly home on Saturday, April 29, 2017, following an extended battle with breast cancer. Born July 27, 1959, in Bloomington, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Herbert Bekermeier and late Anne (Butzow) Bekermeier, of Bloomington, Ill.
Jean is survived by her husband John Balogh (b. 1960), of State College, daughter Anne (Balogh) Strauser (b. 1994), of Maryland (h. Matt Strauser), son Matthew Balogh (b. 1998), of State College; sisters Linda Bekermeier, of Virginia, Jan (Bekermeier) Harth, of Illinois (h. Frank), Susan (Bekermeier) Makeever, of Wisconsin (h. Bob), as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Jean graduated from Bloomington, Ill. high school in 1977, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Math from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981. Her family in Bloomington would vacation at various battlefields across the nation. During her college years, she worked part time at a local Woolworths and at Bob Johnson’s Brantville Restaurant. She also enjoyed bowling and ice skating. Jean worked full-time as a telecommunications engineer at GTE in Bloomington, Ill. until 1985. She then moved to State College where she received her Master of Arts in math from Penn State University in 1991.
On June 10, 1989, at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Ill., she married John Balogh. Jean had a love of music and math, which she shared graciously. She played clarinet in high school and in college, including the basketball pep band and in a trip to the Rose Bowl as a member of the University of Illinois band. Jean also played with a small German band that traveled to Europe to listen to band festivals, and then brought the music back to the USA to practice and record albums and tapes for sale. After college, she also played various instruments with a small dinner theatre and in local musicals near Bloomington, Ill. After coming to State College, Jean volunteered to become a member of the State College Municipal Band, Boal Barn Playhouse pit orchestra, Nittany Valley Symphony, and various other musical groups around the area as needed. She tutored math for sports team members at Penn State as well as her own children and husband – who graduated after they were married due in no small part to Jean’s coaching. Jean worked for three years at Penn State in the Office of Telecommunications and the Office of Budget and Resource Analysis, where her math and programming backgrounds were put to good use. She was a consummate practicing homemaker: planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning, fitting clothes, and scheduling all family vacations. Her planning ensured the family stayed free of debt and was able to track investments.
Jean was a member of Calvary Church of State College where she attended services for approximately 20 years. Jean enjoyed praying with fellow church members and serving in children’s ministries. Jean had a love of animals, relishing the company of cats for most years of her life. She also blessed others by sharing her love of crafts with extended family and friends who would enjoy a handmade stuffed animal or comforter. After a reluctant start, Jean took up social media to help keep mentally active and connected to friends in the last few years. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean’s name will be collected by her husband John at her celebration, or may be mailed to: Calvary Church, 201 Harvest Fields Drive, Boalsburg, PA 16827.
The celebration of Jean’s life will occur on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. at Calvary Church, following which the proceeds from any donations will be distributed to charities per her wishes.
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