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Rosalma (Des Champs) Baloozian, 84, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Schoellkopf Health Center. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Stella (Light) Des Champs.
Rosalma, a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, attended local schools and graduated from St. Mary's High School. She later attended D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. On January 14, 1956, she married George Baloozian at St. Mary of the Cataract Church. Rosalma was employed by Marine Trust American Institute of Banking, later known as HSBC Bank, and retired after 37 years of service to spend more time with her beloved husband of sixty years who predeceased her on April 10, 2012.
Rosalma was an active member of the Zonta Club as well as the Main Street Merchants Association and St. Sarkis Armenian Church Women's Guild. She was also very generous to other civic and religious organizations. Rosalma was very proud of being the first woman member of the Kiwanis Club where she served as a treasurer and board member for many years. She enjoyed reading and was an excellent cook and baker. She will most be remembered for her generosity and willingness to help whenever needed.
In addition to her parents and husband, Rosalma was predeceased by her brother, Edmund (late Dianne) Des Champs. She is survived by one niece and three nephews, Christine (Ken) Bradfield, Thomas (Holly) Des Champs, Timothy (Robin) Des Champs and James (Barbara) Des Champs all of Niagara Falls, Ontario; special friends Stuart and Sima Shepard; as well as several great-nieces, great-nephews and Godchildren.
Visitation will be on Friday from 3-7 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, September 24th at 10 AM at St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 259 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, NY. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Entombment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 259 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, St. Sarkis Armenian Church 300 Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303 or St. Hagop Armenian Church, 322 Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303.
Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.
Published on September 22, 2016
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