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Victoria L. Balser

Victoria L. (Leafgreen) Balser, 99, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at St. Vincent Frankfort Hospital in Frankfort. She was a resident of Greenwood and formerly a longtime resident of Franklin.

She was born Jan. 1, 1915, to Edith M. (Bergstrom) Leafgreen and J.W. Leafgreen in Decatur, Ill.

She was the eldest of four children. Her twin brothers, J.W. Leafgreen Jr. and Charles E. Leafgreen, and her sister, Ruth V. Leafgreen, all preceded her in death.

She married Edward Balser on Dec. 30, 1941, in El Paso, Texas; and he preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 1986.

She graduated from Garfield High School in Terre Haute and from Indiana State University. She did graduate work at Indiana, Butler and Wayne State universities.

Survivors include a daughter, Constance “Connie” Timmons of Frankfort; a son, Andrew “Andy” (Linda) Balser of Boca Raton, Fla.; three grandsons, Charles M. “Chip” (Stephanie) Timmons of Crawfordsville, Bradley D. (Michelle) Timmons of Greenwood and Adam J. (Emily Hubbell, fiancé) Balser of Chicago; and four great-grandchildren, Landon Timmons, Drake Timmons, Cade Timmons and Ella Timmons.

She also was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Mike Timmons.

She taught elementary children’s choral music in Franklin, Whiteland, Indianapolis and Michigan schools, and retired from Utica Community Schools in Michigan.

She was active in the Arthur Baxter YMCA in Indianapolis, where she was involved in the Build Strong Kids program. She was honored as the 2012 volunteer of the year.

She was a former member of Matinee Musicale, Delta Kappa Gamma and Mu Phi Epsilon International, where she served two terms as national collegiate adviser and vice president.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, where she served two terms as moderator of Presbyterian Women. Some adults will remember being in the chapel choir at the church under her direction when they were much younger.

The Rev. Peter Jessen will conduct a service at 11 a.m. Monday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the mortuary. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Arthur Baxter YMCA, Attention Development Office, 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN 46227; and/or the Wabash College Foundation, P.O. Box 352, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

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