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“On behalf of my sisters and I, we would love to donate to Compassionate Care in our wonderful aunt's honor. We hold many, many memories of her over...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Richard Balian - Burleson, TX

“So very sorry to learn of Margie's passing. We met at USC and were Alpha Phi Sorority Sisters. Through the years we kept in contact through...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Kay Munshower - Newport Beach, CA

“May I offer my condolences to the family of Margaret Balian. Margie and I shared many good times together. We were roommates at USC , traveled to...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Bowman - Rancho Mirage, CA

“My deepest condolences! Margaret will never be forgotten! Psalm 112:6 ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Corey, Tracy and Johnny --I knew you all as adorable toddlers when visiting the house on Vallombrosa as I lived in Pasadena and worked with your dad...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Bob Aronoff - Pasadena, CA

“Marge was a great person and one of my favorite bridge partners. I will miss her! ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Sheilah Hollings - Dedham, MA

“Sincerest condolences for your loss. May precious memories of your dear loved one, and encouraging words such as those found at Psalm 20:1,2, be of...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: - Torrance, CA

“Cory, Charlie and Colin.....I am so deeply saddened by the loss of your mother and grandmother. May your memories remind you of all the good times...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“I am deeply sorry for the loss of Margaret. May God's loving kindness bring peace and comfort during this sad and difficult time. Psalms 29...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“A loss of a dear friend. She had a great love of her family. A friend of sixty four years. My heart goes out to John, Cory, Tracy and her...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Pattie Coleman - Sun Lakes, AZ

“I loved her so very much. Her wisdom and love will remain in my heart forever. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Lock - CA - Friend


With great sadness, the family of Margaret Lindley Balian announces her passing on September 24. She was surrounded by family. Our mother was a constant learner, whether it be through her travels or in courses or lectures. She loved cats, wine, football, CNN, Words with Friends, travel, books, opera, and being with friends and family. We remember her as the first Mom with a computer, an iPhone, and her JD. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley and then later, Altadena, California. She met John Balian, a fellow Trojan at the University of Southern California. They were married in 1956 and raised their family in Pasadena. She moved to Dedham, Massachusetts in 2003 and North Hill, in Needham in 2012. She is survived by her children John Balian of Calabasas, CA, Cory Fanelli of Needham, and Tracy Zendzian and her husband Dave of Needham, and by her seven grandchildren, Katie, Lauren, and Alison Balian, Charlie and Colin Fanelli, and Jack and Lucy Zendzian. She is also survived by nieces Linda Fleischer and Gwen Hadvina, and nephew Richard Balian, all of Burleson, TX, and by her cat, Fred. She was predeceased by her husband, John. Our family is amazed at how comfortably she made the transition from a lifelong Californian to a New Englander, and by her ability to easily make and keep dear friends on both coasts. She was brilliant, caring, and lived a full life to which we all aspire. A Memorial Service will be held in the Auditorium at North Hill, 865 Central Ave, Needham, on Saturday, September 30th at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, in her honor.

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