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Steven M. Balkin
October 4, 1953 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Beloved Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle and Friend, 70
Mr. Steven Balkin, 70, of Nutley, NJ, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2024 after a swift, valiant, fight with metastatic melanoma. Visitation will be at The Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue on Sunday, January 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A religious service will be celebrated at the funeral home on Monday, January 22, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. The interment will follow at Crest Haven Memorial Park, 750 Passaic Avenue, Clifton, NJ.
Born on October 4, 1953 in Newark, N.J. to the late Philip and Edith, Steve honorably served our country as a photojournalist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and was a municipal court fiscal officer for the city of Jersey City as well as other companies until he retired many years ago.
He was proud of growing up in the Ivy Hill section of Newark and talked often about his childhood and Vailsburg High School. His wife and children were the most important people in his life and, in case you didn’t know it, he had tattoos to prove it.
Traveling to over 80 countries throughout his time in the Marine Corps, Steve continued to travel all over pursuing his true passion; umpiring baseball. Umpiring all over and at many levels, calling a baseball game brought Steve so much joy. Steve also loved writing weekly articles for the Nutley Sun and Bergen Record keeping up with sports and the police blotter. He will be remembered for being everyone’s friend and his love of being the neighborhood watch block commander. His quick-witted humor was unrivaled and his love of reality television kept him ‘hip’ to all the new lingo.
Steven is survived by his best friend and beloved wife of 40 years, Rosalie (nee La Curto) Balkin; his most prized possessions, Justin and Brianna; his brothers Larry and his wife Marcia, Alan and his wife, MaryBeth; his step-sister Gail and Louise; and his sister-in-law Lisa and her husband Robert. He was a beloved uncle to Elise and her husband Jason, Kara and her husband Bill, Frank and his wife Kristin, Anthony, and Arianna, as well as grandnieces and grandnephews. He was also fully invested in the life of his buddy/granddog, Ralf.
He is predeceased by his parents Philip and Edith (nee Haas) Balkin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, Melanoma Division.