Fern M. BaldingApril 24, 2017
West Springfield -Fern M. Balding, 88, passed away Monday at Baystate Medical Center. She was born in Springfield to the late Mabel (Hooker) and Harold Walton. Fern was a graduate of W. Spfld. High School and Floral Designing School of Boston. She worked for many years as a nanny caring for Adam and David Luftman who held a special place in her heart. Fern was an animal lover, avid traveler and loved to read. She was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Fern leaves her loving children, Kerri Powling and her husband George of W. Spfld. and Jeffrey Balding and his wife Patricia of Ludlow, her niece Donna Maroney with whom she lived, her adored granddaughters, Kimberly Balding and Laura Balding and her great-grandchildren, Jeremiah and Octavius. She was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Maroney and nephew, Keith Maroney. There will be a 10AM Funeral Home Service, Thursday at the TOOMEY-O'BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield St. W. Spfld., followed by burial at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5-7PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Shelter, 627 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104. For more details please visit toomeyobrien.com.