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Kim Tortella Balash

  • On June 4, 2020
  • 9 Comments

Kim Tortella Balash, age 59, of Bethel Park on June 2, 2020 after a long battle with ALS. Loving wife to Michael Balash. Daughter of Robert and Marge Tortella. Beloved mother to Leah Mistick (Joe Sanker), and Dustin Mistick. Sister to Dawn (Gary) Bench. Daughter- in- law to Ronald Balash and the late M. J.  Balash. Sister- in- law to Roy (Alisa) Balash, Glenn (Lori) Balash, Dan (Julie) Balash. Favorite aunt to Lindsay (Chris) Wilcox and Erin Bench. Also survived by many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Kim was a beautiful person; tirelessly devoted to her family and friends. Filled with compassion, humor, wit and charm. As strong-willed as they come.   Don’t cry because she’s gone, smile because you knew her.

Arrangements are private.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania. Arrangements by Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care.

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9 Comments

Brett Rentschler
  • Jun 4 2020
So sorry to hear. My thoughts are with you and your family. Wishing you all the best in this hardest of times.
Laura Kelly
  • Jun 4 2020
I have such fond memories of Kim. She was a dear friend and full of life and fun. It was because of her working at your family Tastee Freeze that I met my husband Dave Kelly who worked at Haddads gas station next door. Dave and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.
Carol Winter
  • Jun 4 2020
I'm so very sad and sorry to hear of Kim's passing. She was a cherished friend growing up. I will always have great memories of the fun & mischief we got ourselves into. Kim was the 1st person who was there for me when I lost my Mom, unfortunately at the same age as now Kim has passed. My thoughts & love are with you all and may She rest in eternal peace. 💔 🕊
Mars
  • Jun 5 2020
We are so sorry to hear about Kim’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family at this difficult time! Rich & Rita
Pat and Jim Pack
  • Jun 7 2020
We are so very sorry to hear of Kim’s passing, especially at this sad time in your family! Kim was always so fun filled and so silly! She always made someone laugh! We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!
Catherine Kramer
  • Jun 7 2020
Kim was a lovely person and I feel very blessed to have met her. She took great care of my grandson, Bennett. He loved her. Rest in peace, dear friend.
Tammi Kramer
  • Jun 7 2020
Mike and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Kim’s passing. She was incredible. Dan and I are so grateful that she came into our lives when she did. Bennett couldn’t be in daycare due to the complexities he faced early on, and it’s almost like Kim was sent to us from God. I remember meeting her on a Sunday and saying, “We will see you in the morning!” What I cherish most is that every time we had an appointment or test for Bennett, she would say, “Tammi... he’s perfect!” She always calmed my nerves and she was always right. Bennett loved her so much, and she treated him like her own. He was her little “cricket”, and he still plays with the Thomas trains she gave him. I’ll be keeping you and your family in our thoughts. I’ll think of Kim when Bennett plays with those trains and never forget how good she was to my little boy. Tammi, Dan, and Bennett Kramer
Cathy Szemanski
  • Jun 8 2020
While I wasn't around Kim a lot, there was never an occasion when she didn't make me laugh. Never. I am smiling now just thinking of it. Heaven is cracking up as we speak. A big hug to the whole family, she will be greatly missed.
Jeffrey Witmer
  • Jun 9 2020
Kim and I were part of Baldwin H.S.'s class of '78. She and I had mutual friends; and we were part of a group that sat at the same lunch table one of those high-school years. She was always fun; and had a great laugh. Sorry for your loss.
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