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James W. Balester

April 1, 2009

James W. Balester, of Chestnut Avenue, Kingston, died Wednesday at home.

Born Dec. 12, 1925, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Fred J. and Ruth Watrous Balester Sr. He attended local grade schools and the E.L. Meyers High School. In 1942, he joined his father and brother in the family business, Balester Optical Company, North River Street, Wilkes-Barre.

He retired, having served as vice president and secretary.

He resided on Chestnut Avenue since 1959 and most recently his granddaughter, Tami Snow, resided with him.

Jim was an avid photographer, responsible for taking family wedding photos. He and his family enjoyed spending time at the family farmhouse in Dorrance Township.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Kathleen J. Shea, who died Dec. 28, 1999; a son, James W., May 15, 1972; a brother, Fred J. Balester Jr., Jan. 13, 2009.

Surviving are children; William F. Balester and his wife, Marcia, Dorrance Township; Jacquelyn A. Pekar and her husband, Mark, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Dorothy B. Hodle, Kingston; Frederick P. Balester and his wife, Nancy, Hanover Township; Patrick J. Balester and his wife, Virginia, Gladstone, Miss.; Susan B. Dennis, Riverview Fla.; 14 grandchildren;, three great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. from the Hugh P. Boyle & Son Funeral Home Inc., 416 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, with the Rev. Brian J. Clarke, Chaplain of Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes-Barre, officiating. Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Friends may call on Sunday, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 919 Walnut St., Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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