Carolyn Jean Balzan


Sept. 4, 1943 – Sept. 7, 2018

TORRINGTON – Memorial services for Carolyn Jean Balzan, 75, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Colyer Funeral Home. 

Carolyn passed away on Sept. 7, 2018, at Community Hospital in Torrington and pursuant to her wishes she was cremated. Memorials may be made to Torrington Ambulance Service or to the donor’s choice. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com. 

Carolyn Jean Balzan was born Sept. 4, 1943, in Hartville to Lucian and Rose (Carollo) Balzan. She graduated from Sunrise High School in 1961 and attended DoSam University School of Cosmetology in Scottsbluff, Neb. 

Making friends wherever she lived, Carolyn called Sunrise/Hartville, Pine Bluffs, McCook, Neb., Cheyenne, Douglas, Mesa, Ariz., Sidney, Neb., Chadron, Neb. and finally Torrington home. Carolyn loved football season and spent Saturdays and Sundays watching her favorite teams – the Wyoming Cowboys, Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Denver Broncos – on television. She was very talented, ambitious and a hard worker. She will be remembered for always being a kind, compassionate and giving person. 

She loved people, especially her family and her many friends. She loved to cook, serve what she cooked and was notorious for waiting on everyone. One of her many prides were the State Fair floats she designed (and many times won) for the Irwin Towers elderly housing center in Douglas. She loved to decorate and there wasn’t a room or wall safe from her touch. Carolyn will be missed by everyone whose life she touched.

Carolyn is survived by her daughter Joani (Jim) Martinosky of Paxton, Neb.; grandchildren Hillary Henecke Martinosky of Kansas City, Kans., Riley (Khara) Martinosky of Paxton, and Brekkan Martinosky of Lincoln, Neb.; sister Lena (Huey) Dawson of Wheatland, twin sister Marilyn Tinsley of Hermosa, S.D. and sister Lou (Tom) Alcorn of Hay Springs; step-granddaughters Ashley McCord and Shayleigh Dorr; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucian and Rose Balzan and her nephew, Brigadier General Thomas Leroy Tinsley.

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