Joseph L. Balest, Cortland, Ohio

My Valley Tributes

June 13, 2021

Joseph L. “Joe” Balest, Cortland, Ohio-obit
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CORTLAND, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Joseph L. “Joe” Balest of Cortland, Ohio, died unexpectedly, on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

He was born April 28, 1968 in Braddock, a son of Leroy and Margo (Huot) Balest.

Joe was a graduate of Seton Hill University.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, grilling, a good fire and was a huge Pittsburgh sports fan. He was also a talented entrepreneur, who developed two patents.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him, especially the loves of his life, his wife and his boys.

Surviving is his beloved wife, Jennifer (Lucas) Balest; loving children, Jacob, Matthew and Samuel Balest; devoted sisters, Melissa (Jim) DeBiase, Annette (fiancé, Brian Dunlap) Balest and Marlee (Paige) Tomcsanyi and nephews, Colton and Mitchell DeBiase.

Friends and family welcome Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Wolfe-von Geis Funeral Home, Inc., where services will be held Friday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Burial will be private.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Clinic. For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit

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