Balog, Linda M. October 22, 1946 – March 29, 2014. Age 67 of Allen Park. Beloved wife of William Vorndam. Loving mother of Amy Balthrop (Michael McKeen) and Marie Vorndam (Kevin Brachear). Dearest daughter of the late Sylvia and Steven A. Balog. Dear sister of Sue Balog (Neil Kramer) and the late Charlotte (Henry) Bizoe. Dearest grandmother of Hannah McKeen and Zackery Garcia. Dear aunt of Theresa Bizoe, Steven Bizoe, and Michelle Gregory. Loved by many family and friends all over the world.
Linda attended St. Francis Catholic School then graduated from Lincoln Park High School in 1964. She graduated from Michigan State University with a business degree in 1968 and from Eastern Michigan University in 1979 with a Masters Degree in Industrial Counseling. She began her career as a teacher at Stevenson High School in Livonia. She took a position as a secretary at Ford Motor Company in 1970 and rose through the ranks in Ford's Human Resources Department. When she retired from Ford in 2007, she was the Executive Incentive Compensation Analyst.
Linda traveled the world both for business and pleasure delighting in trips to Japan, Australia, China, Sweden, England, Germany, and Honduras. With her loving and devoted husband Bill, she traveled the United States visiting friends and family. Linda was involved in community service as a Junior Achievement Leader, a Girl Scout Leader, and an Explorer Advisor. She earned the highest adult volunteer recognition from the Boy Scout's Explorer Division, the Silver Beaver Award. She had a positive impact on her children, grandchildren, her many nieces and nephews and many young adults she mentored through her generosity of time and attention. She adored animals and was devoted to her own pets and her "grandpets."
Linda enjoyed many hobbies. She was skilled in beading and jewelry making, crafts, glass mosaics, Hungarian cooking, making personal hand-made cards for loved ones and shopping for the perfect personal or quirky gifts that would make someone smile. She loved bats (the small mammals), all things Star Trek, planning family celebrations, Disney movies, penguins, casinos, sailing, camping, and resorts, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Linda faced many health challenges late in life but she responded to them with grace, dignity, faith and a positive can-do spirit that allowed her to enjoy life and laugh right up to her last day on this earth. Her family and friends can imagine her words as she left this earth to her heavenly home....."Beam me up, Scottie!"
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until time of the Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home.