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BERNICE BALSAN: 1921-2005 - 7/26/05

A familiar face will be missing from the Molenhouse Student Center when the 2005-06 academic year begins. Bernice Balsan, Trinity's longtime mailroom manager, died July 18 at Palos Community Hospital. She was 83 years old.

Balsan collapsed while walking in the parking lot after arriving on campus. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and never recovered.

One of the longest-tenured employees at Trinity, Balsan came to the College in 1973. After 19 years in the business office, she became manager of the mailroom, where hundreds of students, faculty, and staff saw her as they retrieved their mail, bought stamps, and sent packages.

"Bernice always arrived at work early, the mail was always done, and she rarely took a day off," said Lois Thomson, the current business office manager who worked with Balsan in that office. "She found joy in simple things like desserts, companionship, and the arrival of packages for students from their homes. We will miss her ready smile, her caring heart, and her unique personality."

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