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Sara J. (Wozney) Balaker

October 2, 2020 | 13 comments


Sara J. (Wozney) Balaker, age 44, of Boynton Beach, FL, passed away Wednesday September 30, 2020 at her parents’ home in Holmen, following a 5-year battle with cancer.

Sara was born June 27, 1976 in Cudahy, WI to John and Mary Jane (Sobotta) Wozney. She graduated from South Milwaukee High School in 1994 where she starred in state softball and tennis. Sara received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  Sara worked as a travel nurse for several years.

Sara enjoyed visiting the family in Arcadia, WI, spending time in the outdoors and enjoyed animals. She loved smelling the ocean air while sipping red wine with family and friends.

On May 29, 2010 Sara and Gerard “Jerry” Balaker were married in Hawaii.  They made their home in Boynton Beach, Florida where she enjoyed being a Eucharistic Minister and active member of the St Peregrine Cancer Ministry at St Thomas More Catholic Church.  On April 27, 2015, they were blessed with a beautiful daughter,  Jozie Jane Balaker.

Survivors include her husband Jerry, a daughter Jozie Jane, parents John & Mary Jane Wozney , two brothers Brad (Becky) Wozney,  Bill (Sami) Wozney, nieces Annika, Katelyn, and Kaia and nephew Cade, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Ernest & Kate Sobotta, and Alex & Therese Wozney

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 A.M.  Friday, October 9, 2020 at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Holmen, WI.  Father John Parr will officiate. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Arcadia, WI.

A Celebration of Sara’s Life will be from 6 – 8 P.M.  Thursday, October 8 and from 10 – 11 A.M. Friday at the church in Holmen.

In Lieu of flowers memorials preferred.

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.




  1. Deb Curtis

    So very sad to hear of the loss of your niece Jeff & Pam. Sympathy to the family!
    Th Curtis’

  2. Pat Costello

    Dear Jerry and Jozie and Sara’s entire family, It is with a heavy heart that we send our love and condolences… What a truly special, compassionate and loving person your Sara was… Our Pilgrimage to Lourdes was our introduction to Sara and Jerry and we cherish our time together and the gift of your presence in our lives.. Jozie you are loved beyond words….. Sending our love, thoughts and prayers always.
    Jim and Pat Costello

  3. Grayle Berg

    Sympathies for the family of Sara. Grayle and Bernie.

  4. Gerrie Musicco

    Dear Jerry and family, we are so sorry to hear of Sara’s passing – we have found memories of her beautiful smile and bubbly personality from Lourdes. May God comfort you and hold you all in the palm of His hands and may Sara Rest In Peace. With love, Gerrie & Jean-Paul Musicco

  5. Judy & John Kampa

    Our sympathy to all! Treasure your memories! Our hearts are breaking for you all! Hugs, thoughts & prayers during these difficult days!

  6. Dennis

    Sara may our lady of lourde’s and Saint Bernadette welcome you into heaven. I was s malade with Sara on that beautiful pilgrimage to Lourdes, know that she is with our Blessed mother in heaven. God bless you all.

  7. Kristi Fritz

    I did not know Sarah, I only saw her beautiful video on Facebook about cancer, just this morning. I am so sorry for the loss of this courageous woman. Her message touched me and I am grateful. Rest in peace to this sweet soul.
    -Kristi Fritz

  8. Deb Koop

    So very sad to hear Sara lost her battle but so glad she and Josie had five beautiful years💫

  9. Sue Rogosienski

    My heart is broken on Sara’s passing. She brought so much joy and love to everyone who knew her. I will always carry my memories of Sara close to my heart. Much love to her family and friends.

  10. Callista

    So very sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers. ❤️

  11. Lidia Vitale

    To say we are saddened that Sarah has lost her battle with this vicious disease is a complete understatement. The Our Lady of Lourdes’ pilgrimage brought so many of us together at various stages of our respective illnesses. We laughed, we cried, we sang, we shared & we prayed… so hard. Sarah’s youthfulness & loving personality will forever be in our hearts. Sincerest condolences to Jerry, Jozie & Sarah’s multitude of family & friends. May Sarah Rest In Peace Eternally 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
    Love, Lidia Vitale, Mom Mary Vitale & family

  12. Tammy Seebold

    John and Mary~

    May you cherish Sara’s memory, Alex and my Grandma Amelia Wozney Milek were brother and sister….I can remember being a small child going to Alex and Therese big house on the hill to visit….by reading Sara’s obituary she followed the gift instilled by her Grandparents and Parents….always giving….may you find comfort in the days ahead.

    Tammy Seebold, daughter of Rose Marie Milek Seebold, Granddaughter of Cliff and Amelia Wozney Milek

  13. Jen Schleck

    I met Sara last year when she attended the MN/WI Casting for Recovery retreat. She made such an impression on all the volunteers and attendees. She was such a beautiful person both inside and out. May memories bring smiles to your faces. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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