Joseph A. Balaban age 51 of Waynesburg died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Southwest Regional Medic al Center.
He was born June 13, 1961 in Waynesburg, a son of the late Edward P. and Rose Sich Balaban.
He was a graduate of Vale Technical Institute at Blairsville.
Mr. Balaban was a teacher at Western Area Career and Technology Center in Canonsburg. He was named Pennsylvania Vocational Teacher of the Year in 2010. He had also worked as an automotive technician at Bud Baer at Washington, Detwiler's at Masontown, Monroe, and John Howard's both in Waynesburg.
He was a member of the Oak View United Methodist Church at Waynesburg and was active in the Bass Masters in Greene and Washington County.
He was a devoted husband; father, brother, teacher and friend.
Surviving are his wife Rita Tennant Balaban whom he married on September 1, 1984; two sons, Glenn Edward (Janelle) Balaban of Mt. Morris and Thomas A. Balaban of Waynesburg; a grandson, Jonah Balaban; one sister, Roseddy (Lon) Montgomery of Orlando, FL; a brother Edward (Debbie) Balaban of Wexford; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High St., Waynesburg. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Oak View United Methodist Church 160 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg with Rev. David Stains and Rev. Jerrad Peterman officiating followed by interment at Greene County Memorial Park. The family requests casual attire for the services. In lieu of flowers contributions for the education of Mr. Balaban's son and grandson may be made by check payable to Thomas A. Balaban or Glenn E. Balaban and mailed to the funeral home.