Mary Ballog | Sept. 9, 1915 - March 30, 2013

Portage woman was avid artist

2013-04-20T00:00:00Z Portage woman was avid artistBy Carrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Mary Ballog lived life to the fullest and always wanted to look her best, said her daughter, Sandy Samson.

“Even in her senior living facility, she was always participating in all the activities that were offered,” Samson said. “She always had her makeup on, her jewelry on, and a nice outfit.”

Mary Ballog, 97, of Portage, died March 30. She was preceded in death by Edward Ballog, her husband of 65 years, in 2001.

She loved to go fishing with her husband, and the family made many fishing trips together in Wisconsin, Samson said.

“Those trips were a true pleasure for her,” she said.

Ballog was an artist for more than 50 years, and participated in numerous art fairs around the area.

She loved to paint, primarily with water color and oils, her daughter said.

“She enjoyed teaching others how to paint, especially the residents she lived with at the senior facility,” she said.

She specialized in painting flowers and landscapes, but would paint anything she was hired to do, her daughter said.

“Her loves were landscapes and florals, but she never backed away from any painting subject,” she said.

Ballog was appreciative of what she had, and valued love and loyalty, her daughter said.

“They lived a simple life, but they enjoyed their family and friends,” Samson said. “They enjoyed their lives.”

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