Adeline Theresa Balke, 92, of Cole Camp, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Good Samaritan Care Center, Cole Camp. She was born on May 24, 1920, on the Heisterberg family farm south of Cole Camp, Mo., a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Kipp) Heisterberg.
On June 1, 1920, she was baptized by Rev. Karl Niermann in Cole Camp and was confirmed on May 4, 1934, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stover by Pastor P. E. Stolz. In 1939, she graduated from Cole Camp High School. In the 1940s, sheworked for Goetz Garage and Thomasetti Shoes in Cole Camp.
On May 7, 1955, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Rev. Kuhlmann united her in marriage to Rufus Claus Herman Balke, who preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 2006. After her marriage, she worked the farm with Rufus and took care of her mother, Lizzie. She was a faithful member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church North Lincoln and was a member of the Mary Martha Circle. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 305 of Cole Camp. The couple lived on a farm near Lincoln until the early 1980s when they moved to Cole Camp. She enjoyed playing cards and dancing and later, playing Bingo at the nursing home.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Delores Heisterberg of the State of California and Alice Balke Borchers of Cole Camp; several cousins; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lizzie Heisterberg, her son, David William Balke, her half-sister, Lorena Riggs, and three brothers, Emil, Herbert and Walter Heisterberg.
Funeral services will be held at 1 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Lincoln, with Rev. Leonard Poppe officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, North Lincoln.
Pallbearers will be Willard Gerken, Fred Gruhn, Arthur Keuper, Gary Eifert, Mark Eifert, Kenneth Eckhoff, Chris Heimsoth, Neil Heimsoth, John L. Heimsoth, Junior Schumacher, Tom and Dorothy Franklin, Mary Frances and Leroy Bugh, and Leonard and Norene Ives.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, or the Lutheran Hour in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.