Irene L. (Roy) Balicki, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family, on Monday, June 8, 2020. She was 92 years old. Irene was born on August 12, 1927 in Ware, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Antonio and Ethel (Hagman) Roy. She was the second eldest daughter in her family of six. Irene met Edward A. Balicki in Ware and became long-time sweethearts. While Edward would soon enlist to defend our country in World War II, Irene fulfilled her duty supporting our troops and nation by working at J.T. Woods, a boot factory, making essential supplies. Upon Edward's return, they were both reunited and started their life-long journey together, getting married on January 27, 1951 and raising four children: Peter, Phillip ("Chipper"), Michael, and Petra. Together, Irene and Edward established their family business, Balicki Auto Body, Inc. and built their home on Bacon Road where they lived out their own American Dream together for 62 years. During those years, Irene watched her family grow to twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Antonio, Jade, Christopher, Sarah, Michael, Michaella, Olivia, Camden, Caleb, Gabriel, Ruby, Tallulah and her great-grandson Graham. She was better known to them as "Daddum", "Dobbin", and "Gram". As the family matriarch, she was always overjoyed at having any number of her family members stop by for an impromptu visit to say hello and catch up on life. Irene's family could always count on her to lend an ear and provide comfort, love and wisdom when they needed it most, or even when it was just to share a moment of Irene's contagious laughter together. She was a great cook and selflessly cared for her entire family always making sure no one left her home hungry. Irene looked forward to the simple joys of life by spending as much time as she could with her family; from endless car rides and shopping trips, to playing lively and spirited card games of Pokeno and Rummy. She is survived by her four children, her son Peter Balicki and partner, Lisl Donaldson, her son Chipper and his wife, Cheryl Balicki, her son Michael and his wife Maura Balicki, and her daughter, Petra and her husband Greg Longtine. As per her wishes, funeral services will be private. Cebula Funeral Home of Ware has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Irene was cherished by each of her family members. She was the heart of the family and will be missed dearly. Though she has passed, her memories and values of sacrificial and unconditional love will live on for generations to come. We love you Irene, Daddum, Dobbin, Gram, but above all Mom. For more information and online guest book, please visit: www.cebulafuneralhome.com .
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