Posted: April 8th, 2022


Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, NELLIE ELAINE BALLA VANDERLINDEN, of Coaldale, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Monday, April 4, 2022, at the age of 94 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Art, her three children, Doug (Madeline) Balla of Lethbridge, Bonnie Palmer of Surrey, BC and Brenda Balla (Alex Stillwell) of Brockville, ON. and her precious granddaughter, Taylor Palmer. She is survived by one sister, Mary (Abe) Martens, two sisters-in-law, Irma and Edna Neufeldt and two brothers-in-law, Les and Willie Balla. Also surviving her are Art’s four children, Mary, Janie, Peter, Johnnie and their families, along with numerous nieces and nephews,

She was predeceased by her first husband, Joe Balla, in 1981. Also predeceasing her were three brothers and their spouses, John (Verna) Neufeldt, Jake (Anne) Neufeldt and Isaac (Eleanor) Neufeldt; two brothers, Ab and Peter Neufeldt, as well as her sister and brother-in-law, Annie (Edwin) Boehr, brother-in-law, Steve Balla, sister-in-law Louise Balla and son-in law, Brian Palmer.

Elaine worked at Eatons, in Lethbridge, for over 35 years and met many friends there that remained close to the end. With her friends, she loved to play cards, scrabble, and Mahjong.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Taylor Croissant officiating, assisted by The Venerable Ken Wells. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in the family plot.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider donating to a charity of your choice.


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