Meryl A. Ballas

meryl ballas

December 9, 1952 ~ March 6, 2017

Ballas, Meryl, A. nee:Houhoulis, age 64, of Fort Lee, formerly of Washington Heights, NY, on Monday March 6, 2017. An artist in many respects she loved to paint and had a passion for home décor. An advocate for advancement in Lupus research she was an inspiration to the patients and doctors at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Beloved wife of Leftheri "Eddie" Ballas. Devoted mother of Peter Ballas and his wife Jennie. Cherished "Yia Yia" of Evvie Merope. Dear sister of the late Georgia Siomkos. The family will receive their friends on Wednesday 4-8 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street "opposite the Fort Lee Library". All are asked to assemble in St. John The Theologian Greek Orthodox Cathedral at Thursday at 12:45 PM for services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America. For condolences, directions, or information (201) 944-0100 or


Funeral Service: March 9, 2017 12:45 pm

St. John The Theologian Greek Orthodox Cathedral
353 E. Clinton Avenue
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Visitation at Funeral Home: March 8, 2017 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Mount Hope Cemetery
Saw Mill River Road & Jackson Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

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  1. Dear Eddie, Peter, Dana and family- My heartfelt condolences on the passing of our precious Meryl. My sister Kathryn and I just adored and idolized her and Georgia growing up. Thinking of you all.

  2. Dearest Eddie, Peter, Jenne and Evvie,
    We were so saddened to hear of the loss of our beloved Meryl. May the passage of time ease your sorrow. Such as life, with many challenges bestowed us, it puts life and trusting God in perspective…..
    May her memory be for a blessing to all. May she be loved and be remembered each and every day! Blessed be….Our sincerest condolences, Pavlos & Kosmedora Hatzis

  3. Eddie, Peter, Jenne and Evvie:

    My deepest condolences on the passing of your wife, mother, grandmother; Meryl. May your memories with Merly console and comfort you during this time and may her love and warmth be always in your hearts and provide you peace and guidance until you meet again.

    Peter, the entire staff and your friends here at Aon send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    With Love..

  4. Dearest Eddie & family.

    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this sad time, you are in our thoughts and our prayers.

    Board of Directors, Management & staff of 1170 Apartment Corporation.

  5. Dear Eddie and Family

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family on Meryl's passing, may she rest in peace in gods hands and forever be your guiding light. God bless you all.

  6. Dear Eddie, Peter, Jennie and Family

    I have known Meryl for over 50 years since our childhoods in Washington Heights. She is the bravest and most courageous person I have ever known ,having faced many challenges. She is in a better place now and is reunited with her parents and her sister Georgia.She will be missed but our memories of her will always be with us.
    God bless your family,
    Paul and Jean Siomkos

  7. Dear Lefteri and family,

    I was saddened to hear that Meryl passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time. May she rest in peace.

  8. My deepest sympathy to you all. I remember Meryl as a young woman and she was always so spirited and kind. Over the last few years we were in touch via Facebook and I'm sorry I didn't get back to NYC to get together with her. She was so happy to have her granddaughter. May she rest in peace and may God console you. Rest In Peace dear Meryl.

  9. Peter, Eddie, Jennie, and Dana,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Meryl was a sweetheart of a person and she was always smiling when I saw her. I will treasure my memories of her through facebook over the last couple of years at your wedding, traveling, and as a new and very proud grandmother. My only comfort is that Meryl is with Georgia now 🙁

  10. To the family I am extending my sincerest sympathy. May the God of all comfort strengthen you all during this time of sorrow. Those who die, God keeps in his memory because he cares and they are precious in his eyes.
    Psalms 116:15

  11. To all family and friends of the deceased,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Many have found true comfort in the pages of God's word the Bible (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). In God's word we find the promise that we can be reunited with our loved ones (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15). The Bible tells us where this happy reunion will take place (Psalm 37: 11, 29; Matthew 5:5). We are told why we die (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 5:12), and that Jehovah, the God of the Bible (Psalm 83:18), will end death forever (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:3,4). At John 8:32 Jesus said " and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free". For more information please visit the website

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