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Peter Lee Balsamo

July 13, 1940 ~ September 22, 2019 (age 79)


Peter Lee Balsamo, 79, of Meadville, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Wesbury United Methodist Community surrounded by his loving family.


He was born July 13, 1940 in Meadville, a son of Peter Thomas and Anna Craig Balsamo.  He married Carol Derby December 21, 1961 and she preceded him in death December 31, 1999.


Pete was a 1959 graduate of Meadville High School.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving from 1958 to 1961.  He worked at Pat & Pete’s Grocery, Weldon’s Clothing, Meadville Ambulance Service, former manager of the Downtown Mall in Meadville, former building superintendent for the Crawford County Court House, and at Westminster Highlands Church Camp.


Pete was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.  He was a former member of the Rotary Club of Meadville, Meadville Elks Lodge 219, and former volunteer fireman for the Davis and Dick Hose Companies.  He was actively involved for many years with Boy Scout Troop 244 and enjoyed traveling and gardening.


Survivors include nine children, Louan Hicks (Don) of Brownstown, IN, Kevin Balsamo (Traci) of Meadville, Marcie Coward (Jerry) of McKean, Robert Balsamo (Heather) of Janesville, WI, Scott Balsamo (Jenny) of Slippery Rock, Joseph Balsamo of Conneaut Lake, Heather Balsamo (Kevin Thompson, Sr.) of Meadville, Timothy Balsamo (Holly) of Clintonville, and Aaron Balsamo of Philadelphia; 23 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Derby of Dudley, NC; and 1 niece and 1 nephew.


In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Elisabeth.


Family and friends will be received on Thursday, September 26th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the ROBERT W. WAID FUNERAL HOME, 581 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE where the memorial service will follow at 12:00 p.m. with the Rev. Sam Marchetta officiating.


Private interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens with military honors.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Waid Funeral Home, 581 Chestnut St., Wesbury Foundation (for the benevolent care fund), 31 N. Park Ave., or Kindred Hospice, 1245 Park Ave., all of Meadville, PA 16335.


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September 26, 2019

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, Inc.
581 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335

Memorial Service
September 26, 2019

12:00 PM
Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, Inc.
581 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335


Robert W. Waid Funeral Home
581 Chestnut St., Meadville PA 16335
Tel: 1-814-724-1021

The Wesbury Foundation
31 N. Park Avenue, Meadville PA 16335
Tel: 1-814-332-9264

Kindred Hospice
1245 Park Avenue, Meadville PA 16335

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