I went to Christ Our King Church and Elementary School. I graduated from La Brae H. S. and have a B.S. Degree in Industrial Design from Kent State University. Gayle and I were married at St. Pius X in 1981. We built a home and moved to Champion with our sons in 1991 and became members of this parish shortly after. I retired from the Kmart Distribution Center after thirty one years and started the maintenance position April 1, 2018.
Our oldest son Brian and his wife Susan are members here. I can claim getting him interested in photography, volunteering with festivals, decorating and fish dinners. Our youngest son Scott married his wife Chelsea in Eatonville, Washington while serving in the army. We visit them and their four children there about 30 miles west of Mt. Rainier. He is a heavy equipment operator apprentice.
As a young man I approached Father Tom Ziegler about ideas that most people saw as idealistic or even utopian. He suggested I write them down. Over the years in my spare time I put these ideas and plans into www.basicliving.org . In 2002 I presented Basicliving at Kent branch as a class project to the Power Technology class. I believe society would be better off if we could live simpler, more sustainable lives in community with each other. There are cohousing communities doing this around the country.
Over the years I have tried to market a mail order grocery concept, Fold-N-Loc building blocks and a vehicle hatch tent. I enjoy poker, tennis, genealogy, civil war history and science fiction. Gayle and I enjoy spending time with family and grandchildren. We enjoy nature while camping, hiking, biking, and kayaking.
330/847-8677 or 440/685-4652
I was born and grew up in Cleveland to a large Catholic family. My grandparents had sixteen children which provided me with many aunts, uncles and cousins. I was the third of seven children born to my parents. At present, I am a wife who is blessed with a wonderful husband, mother of five children, grandmother of eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. I love spending time with my family and I especially love being a grandmother.
I have been on staff as the Liturgy/Worship Coordinator at St. William for 12 years which have been a great joy to me. I have always felt that the people of St. William Parish are very special. I also serve as a Cantor, Eucharistic Minister and will gladly help out wherever there is a need. Aside from spending as much time as I can with my family and working for the church, some of my favorite extra curricular activities are cooking, gathering with friends, reading, dancing, fishing, especially in Quebec, camping and traveling.
I am an Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame which has been an ongoing spiritual journey for me. I believe a spiritual life is extremely important--not only for me, but for all the people I encounter. Through this association I endeavor to grow in my relationship with God and perhaps I can help to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Mrs. Marcia Kane
Marcia joined the staff as Secretary/Bookkeeper of St. William Parish in April of 1987 and has served in that position under three pastors. Originally from Girard, Ohio where she was born and raised a protestant, she is the third child in a family of four girls. She became a convert to Catholicism at St. Rose Church in Girard in April of 1965, where she and her husband, Bob, were married in August of 1966. They have been members of St. William Parish since moving to Champion in 1967, after Bob accepted a teaching position in the Champion School District. They have three children, Robert, Jr., married to Jill; Tricia, married to Glenn; and Elizabeth, married to Joe; and eight grandchildren.
Marcia is a Eucharist Minister and an active member of the Women’s Guild, having served as President, Secretary and Treasurer. She has served as secretary for Parish Council and been on various committees throughout the years she has been a member of the church. She is also an Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame.
She enjoys reading, needlework and crafts, genealogy, Williamsburg, VA and spending time with family and friends.
Rev. Michael D. Balash
Pastor (July 1, 2008 - present)
Rev. Michael D. Balash has served as Pastor of St. William since July 2008. Ordained in 1987, Fr. Balash has had pastoral assignments at St. Michael Parish, Canton; St. Patrick Parish, Kent; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Ashtabula; and Saint Joseph Parish, Mantua. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. In addition to his pastoral duties at Saint William Parish, Fr. Balash was appointed Director for the Office of Worship for the Diocese in September 2012. He served on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and as Treasurer for the organization until 2014.
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