Life Sketch for Martin Medina Balerio
Martin M. Balerio, 72, died on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Martin was born on January 30, 1946 in Zacatecas, Mexico to Joseph and Ysidra (Medina) Balerio.
After Martin graduated from high school he attended McPherson College for one year and then volunteered for the U.S. Navy. Martin served his country for six years as a Guided Missile Radar Operator on the destroyer, William H. Standley DLG-32. He served two tours in Vietnam and three in the Mediterranean.
After his military service Martin attended Wichita State University and received a double degree in Education and Economics. He was an excellent educator and Spanish instructor, teaching twenty years at Pleasant Valley Middle School and eight years at Wichita North High School in Wichita. He made the “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” on three different occasions.
He was a point guard in high school and his excellent shooting skills were demonstrated through many years of his life in varied state and national competitions; one which culminated in a national championship for his age group. He also bowled, played baseball, volleyball and ran track.
Martin enjoyed many things. He was well read, a mechanic, handy man, wood worker, collector of coins, chess player and enjoyed working on crossword puzzles.
He is survived by his sister: Carmen Bribiesca; and brothers: Robert, Andy and Bernie Balerio; nieces and nephews: Sylvia, David, Brian, Annalisa and Tahnee; as well as eight grand-nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Ysidra Balerio.
The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th at Our Lady Guadalupe Church in Newton. The Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday. October 19th at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. A committal service will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Rural Sedgwick, Kansas following the Mass of the Resurrection.
A memorial has been established for the Legacy of Faith-Our Lady of Guadalupe, 415 S. Ash Street, Newton, KS. 67114 (316-283-3499). Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.