Dorothy Balch

by Sandy Nelson

Dorothy Balch

1923 – 2019

Dorothy “Do” Lundstrom Balch was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to second-generation Swedish immigrants. She attended Minnehaha Academy, North Park Junior College in Chicago, and the University of Minnesota, studying for a career as a speech therapist. She served for many years as a public school special education teacher, focusing on speech and language therapy.

Dorothy was married to Wayne Balch, college music professor and choral conductor, from July 20, 1946 until his death in 2003. She was a talented pianist, poet, and gracious hostess to many friends and family members. She was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Covenant Church and was active in various charitable and educational organizations. She enjoyed travel around the United States and to Europe: to Sweden, England and Scotland, in particular.

Do lived in Seattle for 48 years and was an active member at First Covenant Church, serving on the planning committee for the annual Swedish Julfest service as well as Covenant Women. She was a faithful friend to people of all ages. She was an enthusiastic reader and supporter of Pietisten.

In 2015, Do moved to Covenant Living of Northbrook, Illinois to live closer to her daughter, Candace. She enjoyed reconnecting with Chicago friends (including her North Park College classmate, Tom Nelson) and she was an active participant there in the programs, concerts, and even watercolor painting. She is also survived by a son, Peter, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Peace to her memory.