Wendy Jayne Ballard
Wendy Jayne Ballard, 63, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at her home in rural Marengo, with her family at her side after a battle with Burkitt's Lymphoma. Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church, in Newhall, with Fr. Craig Steimel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Michael's cemetery, Norway. A public visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the Blairstown American Legion Hall, Blairstown. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements. Face masks and social distancing are required.
She loved all her grandchildren dearly and was so looking forward to watching them grow. She loved bears, pandas in particular, and had a very large collection. Wherever she traveled, she enjoyed collecting souvenir bears and miniature spoons along with taking many pictures. She was never without her camera on a vacation. Wendy was a talented seamstress and was known to make matching outfits for her children when they were young. She proudly made wedding dresses for all her daughters, and crocheted and sewed many blankets, outfits and quilts for her grandchildren. She was an avid fan of Stephen King and Garth Brooks.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 45 years, Ron; her parents Rich and Beth; five children, Martin (Missy) Ballard, Sarah (Brian) Heims, Angela (Jason) Kruse, Melissa (Shane) Unkel, and Adam (Rachel) Ballard; and 16 grandchildren, Kohle, Kaitlyn, Drew, and Bryce Ballard, Shawn, Derrick, Trey and Taya Heims, Chelsea, Jonathan, Hailee, and Lacey Kruse, Aric and Brandon Unkel, and Carson and Rylie Ballard. Also surviving are three sisters and a brother, Linda (LeRoy) Ballard, Gary Haage, Lori Haage, and Theresa (Barry) Kimm. The family would like to thank Dr. Sabarish Ayyappan and the University of Iowa Cancer Clinic for their wonderful treatment of Wendy during her journey with lymphoma.