Orpha Ruth Balts

Orpha Ruth Balts, 94, Cadott, passed away Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. She slipped peacefully into the presence of the Lord, surrounded by her family.

Orpha was born in Strum, May 31, 1923, to Alexander and Mae (Moe) Call. 

She married her loving husband, Philip Balts, June 17, 1950, in Strum.

Orpha was blessed with the gift of hospitality and enjoyed serving anyone who visited their farm home in Cadott. Her home-baked buns and cinnamon rolls were enjoyed by all.  She welcomed guests with her gentle smile and peaceful spirit. She always enjoyed occasions when all of the family would get together. 

At an early age, Orpha learned to play the piano and continued to bless others with her music until she was 93 years old. Above all, Orpha was known for her steadfast faith and trust in the Lord, leaving an amazing legacy for her family and friends.

She is survived by seven children – Phyllis (George) Frisinger, Steven Balts (Melissa Greene), Roger (Linda) Balts, all of Cadott, Dale (Sandy) Balts, Apple Valley, Minn., Brenda (Steve) Frisinger, Cadott, Dean (Michelle) Balts, Sturgeon Bay, and Lauren Balts, Sheldon; son-in-law – Mark Brasseur, Chippewa Falls; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband – Philip; son – Darrell; daughter – Rhonda Brasseur; her parents; her four brothers – John, David, Phillip and Levi Call; and her sister – Bessie Call.

Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m., at Harvestime Church in Eau Claire, with Pastor Kim Buckman officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, at Countryside Union Cemetery in the Township of Goetz. 

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 26, at Leiser Funeral Home in Cadott, and also one hour prior to the services, Saturday morning, at the church.

Online condolences can be expressed at leiserfuneralhome.com.

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