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Edith Ann Merkel Ballinger
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1963
Spring Valley
Fillmore County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 2009
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA

The funeral for Edith A. Ballinger, 46, of rural Spring Valley, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 1) at United Methodist Church in Racine, with Rev. Rob Kopp and Rev. Burton Hoag co-officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine.

Mrs. Ballinger died Saturday (Sept. 26, 2009), suddenly, from an apparent heart attack, at the ER at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Edith Ann Merkel was born Feb. 16, 1963, in Spring Valley, to Ray and Eileen (Lange) Merkel. She grew up on the family farm, attended Spring Valley schools and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1981. She was employed in housekeeping at the Stewartville Care Center, the Spring Valley Care Center and the Super 8 Motel in Spring Valley. She then was employed as a salesperson at the ELCO store in Spring Valley and was currently the Assistant Manager at the Dollar General Store in Spring Valley.

Edith was married on July 16, 1994, in Stewartville, to Gregory Ballinger. Following their marriage they moved to a farm in rural Spring Valley, where they have continued to make their home. Mr. Ballinger is an iron worker in commercial construction, employed by the Sowles Co. in Minneapolis.

Edith enjoyed quilting, bird-feeding, photography, hunting and fishing, flower gardening, and time spent with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Greg; three sons, Christopher (Brittany) Ward of Spring Valley, Charles Ward of Killeen, Texas, and Carl Ward of Wykoff; three grandchildren, Clayton, Alexis and Ashton; her parents, Ray and Eileen Merkel of Spring Valley; mother-in-law, Patricia Ballinger of rural Spring Valley; two brothers, David and Dean Merkel, both of Spring Valley; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, David Ward, who died in 1992; and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 30) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.
Family links: 
  Ray W. Merkel (1936 - 2012)
  Eilene E Lange Merkel (1939 - 2012)
Hamilton Cemetery
Fillmore County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: DaveVangsness
Record added: Sep 29, 2009
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Edith Ann <i>Merkel</i> Ballinger
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