Cathy Jo Balaz

March 06, 1960 ‒ January 12, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio

Cathy Jo Balaz, age 58, of Sunbury, died peacefully on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Riverside Methodist Hospital surrounded by her loving family.  Graduate of Big Walnut High School-Class of 1978.  Cathy was easy going, enjoyed sitting on her porch or hanging out in the garage with friends, and working with ceramics. She was most proud of and enjoyed spending time with family.  Born March 6, 1960 in ?? to the late Donald and JoAnn Canaday.  Also preceded in death by brother, Bruce Canaday and step-father, who raised her, Bill Schaas.  Survived by loving husband of 32 years, Dennis R. Balaz II; children, Franklin (Kelly) Bohanan of Delaware, Dennis (Kortney Schiavi) Balaz III of Croton, and Nicollette (Fiancé Brian Miller) Balaz of Cardington; brothers, Steve (Rosetta) Canaday of Delaware, Bob (Lisa) Dile of Danville; sisters, Donna Haddix of Sunbury, Tammy (Jim) Brown of Mechanicsburg and Lela Whipkey of Gahanna; grandchildren, Terrell, Carter and Baylee Bohanan, Henry and Evelyn Balaz. Friends may call 5 to 7 pm on Friday, January 18, 2019 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury. Private family service and interment. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804 or the Humane Society of Delaware County, 4920 OH-37, Delaware, OH 43015 in Cathy’s memory.  DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Cathy’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at

  • We are so sorry to learn of Cathy’s passing. She was a very enjoyable person to know & love. She loved her family dearly. She will be sadly missed by all of us. May God Bless & comfort you during this terrible time. Love Aunt Sue & Uncle Ron

  • Cathy was a very special person that will always be in my heart. She started as a neighbor and my mom’s friend but as I grew older she became a friend of mine. I would spend countless summer nights sitting on the front porch with her from the time I was a little kid all the way into my early 20’s. She will be very missed. My thoughts are with her family and friends thru this sad time. Love, Tiffany

  • Condolences to families of Cathy. A memory I will always have is with Cathy and her grandson Terrell. Peace and love to family. Alice Keller

    • What my mom was trying to say….

      She was a good neighbor and friend. Lots of good times on porch and in garage. She will be missed Prayers to family.

      Love, Becky and Steve

  • We are going to miss her. Mike always called her his little sister. The stories that could be told. She was fun and loving. Her family was her life. R.I.P. Cathy.

  • We really liked Cathy and wish we could have had the time to get to know her better. So sorry for the loss. We send all our love to you all. Rest in peace Cathy. With love, Matthew and Jackie

  • Jerry and I are so sorry to hear about Cathy’s passing. Prayers for her family and friends. I remember her as being such a sweet person. Heaven has gained another Angel. Rest in Peace Cathy.

    Rita & Jerry Young

  • Cathy had a great smile. Our greatest sympathies to Dennis, the kids, and grandkids. She will be missed deeply.

  • Donna, I am so sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Sisters are indeed very special people in our lives. Praying that everyone will feel God’s presence and comfort during this time of sorrow. May God Bless and Keep You!

    Diana DaPore (Horn)

  • To all of Cathy’s family:
    I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My memories of Cathy go way back to grade school. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    I wish I could be there to pay my respects in person and give you all hugs but living out of state makes it impossible.

    My deepest sympathies to you all.

  • Donna, may the peace and love that passeth understanding surround you and your family at this very sad time. We are thinking of you and standing in the background willing to help if you need anything.
    In deepest sympathy,
    Donna Roethlisberger (Horn)

  • To Dennis and the entire family, I send sympathy. Your loss is great. May your memories give you peace.

  • To Dennis and family. I am so sorry for your loss..Cathy was a beautiful person..She was a close and dear friend to me and like a sister..I am happy that I had her in my life..She will be missed so very much..My heart goes out to you and your family and friends..God bless y’all and give you comfort during this sad time..Heaven has a beautiful angel..Cathy I will see you again one day and we will sit on the porch and enjoy time together..RIP my dear friend Cathy Doo and I love you and will miss you so much until we meet again.

  • To Frank (BO), Kelly, Carter and Baylee: So sorry about the passing of your mom and grandmother. I know that you will miss her terribly. May peace be with you as she remains in your heart. You have my heartfelt sympathies.

  • Cathy will always hold a special place in my heart an family, she was one of my first friends when I moved to Sunbury . We had a lot of fun when Jerina jeremy an bo was little . We spent many many hours together . I’ll miss her . My prayers are for her family in this time of such loss . Rest In Peace my friend, Gary an Jannie 🙏💕

  • The Florida Canadays send condolences to all Cathy’s family. May she Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻❤️

  • We extend our love and deepest sympathies to Dennis, Denny, Nikki, Donna, Steve, Bob, Tammy, Lela, family and friends during this difficult time. We pray you find comfort in knowing Cathy lives on in our hearts and memories now and forever, until we meet again.

  • I was sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing! She is now with her brother and my mom! I bet it was a wonderful reunion!