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6/30/2014 10:53:00 AM
Jennie Balestri
Mrs. Balestri
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Mrs. Balestri

Jennie Balestri, 95, of Liberty Village, Manor Court, Peru (formerly of Hennepin) passed away June 27, 2014.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Hennepin. The Rev. Patrick DeMeulemeester will officiate. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Granville.
Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Hennepin.  
Dysart-Cofoid Fun-eral Chapel will be assisting the family with the arrangements.
Jennie was born Jan. 25, 1919, in Mark to Joseph and Bernardina (Verucchi) Leoni. She married Fred Balestri on Sept. 17, 1938, in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Hennepin.
She was a housewife and was known throughout the area for her Italian cooking and her beautiful petunias.   She also made the best strawberry pies to donate to any function that needed a pie. She lived most of her life in Putnam County.
Jennie was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and a past member of the Altar and Rosary Society.   She was also a lifetime member of Putnam County Historical Society.
Surviving are many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred on Dec. 8, 1995; four sisters and three brothers.
Contributions may be directed to Liberty Village, Peru or the donor’s choice.
Pallbearers will be John Balestri, The Hon. William Balestri, Dr. Karl Fivek, Tavis Fivek, Terry Judd and Gary Winkler.
Online condolences may be made to Jennie’s family at

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