Lydia Balch, 1926-2019

Lydia Balch
Lydia Balch, 1926-2019. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Lydia Balch, 93, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 8, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born March 9, 1926 in Douglas, Mass., the daughter of George H. and Gladys (Caswell) Johnson. She graduated from Sutton High School and Worcester Normal School in Massachusetts.

She was married to Richard L. Brickey June 3, 1945. He predeceased her. She was married to Guy M. Balch Sept. 4, 1970. He also predeceased her.

She worked at Newbury’s Store, the A&P grocery store, Price Chopper, and the Springfield Family Center. Lydia was a faithful patriot. She was a member and past president of the Robert L. Johnson VFW Post 771 Auxiliary for years. She devoted many hours working on dinners, marching in parades, as well as selling poppies. She and her husband Guy put out flags in the town of Springfield for every patriotic occasion until they could no longer physically do so.

She loved her bingo; every Monday was special to her. She volunteered for many town services and organizations, even working from home when she could no longer get out. She was the recipient of a Volunteer of the Year Award.

She is survived by her five children Robert Brickey and his wife Deborah; Lawrence Brickey; Carol Cole; Gary Balch and his wife Karen; and Pat (Brickey) Coutermarsh and her husband Andrew. Lydia was an outstanding grandmother to 13 grandchildren and great-grandmother to 20. The last being Josephine Grace Nyguyen, born just 7 months ago, and was a great joy to her in the last months of her life.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard Brickey, her husband Guy Balch, sisters Mildred and Barbara, brother Albert and his wife Nancy, her son Chuck Balch, as well as her beloved dog Beau.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel Friday evening, June 21, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. Reverend George Keeler will officiate. Burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 
P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.

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