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Noreen A. Balcom

April 30, 1930 ~ December 6, 2020 (age 90)


Noreen A. Balcom December 6 th , 2020, of Pulaski, passed away Sunday peacefully surrounded by her family. Noreen will
be remembered for her kind heart, her amazing smile and her generous soul. She was born in Canton, NY on a small
family dairy farm.
From there she moved to Syracuse, NY to work at General Electric as a Wiring Designer making prototypes for radar
cabinets. She was employed there for 12 years. She met her husband there and married Stephen Balcom July 25, 1959.
Her father-in-law, Pratt Balcom Sr. was very fond of Noreen and gave her the nickname, “Posey”. Stephen enlisted into
the Army and that took them to Fort Benning Georgia. It was quite a change for a small country girl from Canton. There
her daughter Lori was born in August 1962.
They moved back to upstate NY that same year. In 1964 their second daughter Ilene was born in Syracuse, NY. In 1966
they built a house on a piece of land on the Balcom family farm in Pulaski. This has been their home ever since. Noreen
raised her two girls and also took in children to babysit. In 1973 she began working in the Pulaski Elementary School
cafeteria. This allowed her to work and also be near her two daughters. She always would wave and smile when her
daughters came through the lunch line, she was so happy she could have a job where she could be near her daughters.
She retired after working 17 years in 1990. In 1991 her first granddaughter Megan was born. She wasn’t sure she was
ready to be a “Grandma” but that all changed when she held Megan for the first time. She then was blessed with 4
more grandchildren, Nicole, Matthew, David and Elizabeth. Each held a special place in her heart. Noreen was an avid
gardener. Each year she canned and froze many quarts of vegetables. She enjoyed baking and the grandchildren will
tell you she made the best pies and the most awesome banana bread. She loved homemade bread right out of the oven
and her daughter Ilene made sure she had that treat several times a year. Her daughter Lori always knew she could call
Mom for advice and help with questions on just about anything – she looked forward to visits with her parents. Monday
nights were Noreen’s bowling night. She enjoyed being on Jay’s Glad Haven’s bowling team for many years. Mom loved
animals and they knew it. No matter where she was the dogs or cats would come right up to her. They knew she was their friend. She loved watching and feeding her wild birds every day. She was known to her family lovingly by the nickname, “Mother Goose”. She loved a cup of coffee and
even though her girls had moved away and started their families she would call the girls and say she was having a cup of
coffee and we would join her by pouring a cup too. We were always able to enjoy a cup of coffee together no matter
how far apart we were. Noreen loved to travel, luckily Noreen and Steve could enjoy several amazing trips together.
Noreen is survived by her husband Stephen and daughters Lori Bonnette of Hollis, NH and Ilene Stephens, two sons-in-
law Michael Bonnette and Brian Stephens; five grandchildren Megan & Nicole Stephens, Matthew, David and Elizabeth
Bonnette, and several nieces and nephews. Noreen is predeceased by her three sisters and brother Edna Aldous Thomas,
Eleanor Aldous Robinson, Kenneth Aldous, and Irene Aldous Marolf.
Sadly in 2008 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her spirit was strong and she survived 12 and a half years before that
took her life. She was a strong and an amazing lady who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Due to current health restrictions, please take a moment to connect with her family with memories at Due to mom’s love for animals donations can be made in her honor to any animal shelter
and also can be made in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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