Leo A. Balcer, Jr.

Age 82, of DeWitt, Michigan, passed away on May 6, 2015.  He was born in Bay City, MI on May 9, 1932 to Leo, Sr. and Victoria Balcer.  He was a member of St. Mary Cathedral and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force, and met his wife while serving his country.  Leo graduated from Michigan State University with a BA degree, and was a Graphic Designer with the State of Michigan. He had a lifelong passion for entertaining and playing the accordion which gave him such joy!

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Pauline M.; children, Bill (Donna) Balcer of Redondo Beach, CA and Lisa (Mark) Levandowski of Lansing; and grandchildren, Brett, Chris, Janek, Alina and Stephen.  Also surviving are many extended family members.  He was preceded in death by a son, Bob, and siblings Victor, Ted, Barney, Evelyn, Sally, and Leona.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015, at St. Mary Cathedral, with The Rev. Msgr. Bernard Reilly as Celebrant.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday where a Scripture Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Sally Labioda
May 6, 2015 at 8:49 pm

What can I say, Polka parties will never be the same again Mr. B. was like a second Dad to me. He helped my family celebrate many weddings and anniversaries with his talent on the accordion. He was a gentle -man and a gentleman. Spoczywaj w pokoju. Kocham Ci?. Leo,Let us know if there really is “no beer in heaven.”

Alison and Doug Theisen
May 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm

We were so fortunate to have known Leo and his family. We were blessed to have him stroll with his accordion at our wedding celebration 29 years ago. We express our condolences and will keep you and your family in our prayers. Much love Alison and Doug Theisen.

Pete & Carol Wisniewski
May 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm

We are sad to hear of Leo’s passing. We were Leo Balcer Combo groupies! Many dances at the Polish Home and the Liederkranz Club and our Wedding reception 36 years ago. Leo always treated us special. We truly loved dancing to his music. Our 3 kids have all danced to his sound also. We are glad to have known him, and sorry for his family and the Polka community’s loss.


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