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Alda E. Kisling

Alda E (Balko) Kisling peacefully left this earth to join her parents and loved ones in heaven late Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Country Terrace in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. She had recently moved to assisted living with her husband, Herb, where she was receiving hospice care for a recent diagnosis of cancer.

Alda was born to Julius and Elsie Balko on March 1, 1923, in Almena, Wisconsin. The family moved to a farm in Glen Flora, Wisconsin, where she was raised with her seven brothers and five sisters. She was brought up in a home of strong faith and a strong work ethic. She graduated at Tony High School in Tony, Wisconsin on May 1, 1940, after which she worked in Chicago, Illinois and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She was married to her husband Herb Kisling, on May 13, 1943, and they were married for over 70 years. They raised their three children in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. They moved to Silver Bay, Minnesota in 1966 after Herb received employment at Reserve Mining Company. They remained in their home in Silver Bay until deciding to return to Ladysmith in 1996, so they could be closer to brothers and sisters. They lived in their apartment in Flambeau Village until their move to Country Terrace.

Alda took great pride in her home and family. Although not a gourmet cook, she made great meals and treats, learned from her farm country ethic. She was dedicated to her faith and spent much time working with various church groups and attended services regularly. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, reading, crafts, sewing and especially spending time visiting with her large family.

Alda is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Hank, Bill, Walt, Verlie and Harlan; and sisters, Mildred, Dona and Betty Ann.

Alda is survived by her husband, Herb; sons, Ryan (Marcile) Kisling, Missoula, Montana, and Dana Kisling, Cadott, Wisconsin; daughter, Sue (Ted) Beck, Two Harbors, Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Donnie Kisling, Buckman Minnesota; brothers, Norman (Dorie) Balko, Missoula, Montana, and Elmer (Pat) Balko, Medford, Wisconsin; sisters, Dorothy Kallstrom, Owasso, Oklahoma and Connie (Barry) Bromley, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; special niece, Shelley Barg and husband Sam of Ladysmith, who were tremendous at providing for Alda's needs and were with her at the end. Alda also leaves behind nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ladysmith at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m. Services officiated by Past Mark Pflughoeft. Luncheon will follow the services at the church. There will also be visitation with the family at Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.