I am going to concentrate on what's important in life. I'm going to strive everyday to be a kind and generous and loving person. I'm going to keep death right here, so that anytime I even think about getting angry at you or anybody else, I'll see death and I'll rememberDiane Frolov and Andrew Schneider
This memorial website was created to remember our dearest SGT.Michael Balnius who was born in Michigan on September 29, 1975 and passed away from cardiac Arrhythmia while on duty at Ft. Drum NY on April 21, 2005. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. You will live forever in our memories and hearts.
March 14, 2012
He always called me little bit, i guess cuz i am so short.... On April 20th I ran into him at the PX 6 days after i had my daughter Madison, he asked me how I was, and told me if i needed anything to just ask, he said " Bloomer I am always here for you.... ya know that right" he told me don't worry little bit it gets easier...... then he told me to have a great birthday tomorrow, then April 21st no one would answer the phone at the company, i couldn't understand why, then then i got called....I miss you my birthday just never is the same anymore, i remember you always especially on that day...
Michael was the sweetest most sincere person i think i ever met while in the army. From the first day in the company, he always made sure i to help me out with learning the ropes. He had such a strong faith in God that he was not afraid to let be known. When we first deployed to Iraq, there was a couple weeks when our squad was alone at the cage and i felt like i couldnt handle the stress anymore. He took me aside one day in private and told me that i could confide in him about how i was feeling and cry. i felt such a relief to be able to show someone how incredibley scared i was and he assured me that we would make it home okay by the grace of God. He showed me how to do the rosary and for a few days we would go aside and do it together until i could remember how to do it on my own. i never forgot that about him! He told me about the amazing wife he couldnt wait to get home to and i told him about some of the family i was missing as well....i know Balnius is with God. He was one of Gods angels sent to watch over all of us and to be an unconditional friend and fellow soldier. RIP Mike! Dan and i miss you always!
Gloria and Dan Schell
My love for butterflies and what they symbolize also gave him the idea to give me the nick name Mariposa! everytime i see one it reminds me of him!
The last time I remember Mike smile. We were talking about tattoos and I told him he should get his first tattoo covered. ( it's a sun that resembles the one on the raisin bran box) and he looked at me, smiled and said how about if I just get two scoops written above it. I laughed so hard, I can still to this day close my eye's and see him smiling.