Noreen Ada Balog passed away at sunrise, on Saturday, March 12, 2011. She was born February 13, 1923, in North Fremantle, Western Australia, to Charles and Eva Ann Dale.

Our mother left Australia as a war bride to marry John Xavier Balog, on November 16, 1946. Their marriage endured for 27 years. John preceeded Noreen in death on July 12, 1973. Upon his death, Noreen embarked on an education achievement at Southern Oregon State College that resulted in her bachelor of science in general studies degree on June 4, 1977.

Noreen is survived by her brother, Keith; and sisters, Eva and Joan, in Australia; her three daughters, Dale Suzanne Doolen, Marie Buckhout and Mary Denise Nodus; their husbands, David, Tim, and John; four grandchidlren; and three great-grandchildren.

Noreen experienced a long and adventurous life. She will be remembered for her volunteer contribution to Ashland, her culinary skills and expert seamstress ability. Her love of horses was passed on to her daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughter.

Noreen's declining health was no deterrent to her daily coffee ritual at Albertson's. The family expresses their deep appreciation for the many kindnesses from the staff at Albertson's and Bi-Mart, the professional care of Dr. Patrick Honsinger and his staff, Father Sean Weeks and staff at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church, where Noreen did flower arrangments for many years, as well as her many friends, especially Nilde Callahan and Barbara Barats.

In lieu of flowers, please honor our mother with a donation to Ashland Community Hospital Hospice, at 1970 Ashland Street, Suite 1, Ashland, OR, 97520.

A private graveside service will be held at the Scenic Hills Memorial Park, Ashland.

Arramgements by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon. www.litwillersimonsen.com.