Balcueva, Dr. Edgar P., Saginaw, Michigan


Beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Covenant Medical Center-Cooper Campus. Age 83 years. The son of the late, Eusebio and Berenguela Balcueva, Dr. Balcueva was born August 31, 1931 in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur Philippines. He married Mary Jane Cohoon, his loving wife of 54 years, on May 27, 1961. She survives him. Dr. Balcueva attended Pontifical University of Santo Tomas School of Medicine. He did his Residency at Saginaw General Hospital in association with the University of Michigan Medical School, and specialized in Internal Medicine. Dr. Balcueva began practice as a physician-surgeon for six months in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines. For 18 months, he was a Medical Officer in the Office of the President of the Philippines at Malacanang Palace in Manila. Although Dr. Balcueva wanted to be a physician as a child, he credited his father as a strong influence in his decision to become a physician. At the height of his medical education, Dr. Balcueva contracted malaria, complicated with pneumonia. He thought this was the end of his medical education. He was in the hospital for a month, but with the help of a priest friend and a lot of prayers, he was accepted back to school and finished his studies. During his rotation in medicine, Dr. Balcueva was under the service of Doctors Bert M. Bullington and Thomas O. Lohr. They were a strong influence in choosing his specialty, Internal Medicine. Dr. Balcueva credited Dr. Bullington as his more important mentor as a physician. In his role as physician, Dr. Balcueva enjoyed most the close relationship with his patients. He also enjoyed teaching the residents and students. He started several community programs that are doing very well. Dr. Balcueva stayed busy in retirement. He volunteered to see patients one day a month at the mobile unit of Healthy Futures. He also covered the office practices of several internists when they were out of town. Dr. Balcueva met his wife, Mary Jane, as a student nurse at Saginaw General Hospital. They were introduced by her classmate at their graduation party. Mary Jane was Dr. Balcueva’s office nurse for the last few years of his practice. Dr. and Mrs. Balcueva had five boys and adopted a three-years-old girl from the Philippines. Four of their sons died from a very rare form of heart disease, apoptosis of the conducting system of the heart. Their son, Ernie, was saved after two heart transplants at the Mayo Clinic and has two sons, Ernest and Evan Randall (Randy) and live in Sylvan Lake. Their daughter, Erlinda, is married to Rodney Warner of Clinton Twp. and have two daughters, Elaina and Evelyn. Dr. Balcueva’s outside interests included golf, fishing, babysitting, playing cards, mahjong, volunteering, having lunch with fellow retirees, traveling and cruising. He was involved in several non-medical organizations, including life member and past president of the Saginaw chapter of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, life member of the Germania Towne & Country Club, trustee of Serra Club, board member of the Saginaw Sports Hall of Fame, past president of the Philippine Association of North Eastern Michigan and past president of the Downtown Saginaw Lions Club. As soon as Dr. Balcueva was able to practice his profession, he became involved in the Saginaw County Medical Society, the Michigan State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He worked diligently on several committees. Dr. Balcueva served as Secretary of the SCMS, and then as President from 1990-91. He also enjoyed being a delegate to the MSMS House of Delegates for several years. Dr. Balcueva would like to be remembered as an American International Graduate. He was given many opportunities, worked hard and became successful. He was a man who loved his parents, his family and his community very much. He encouraged all physicians to join the SCMS and be active and get involved for a stronger and vibrant organization. He also encouraged the IMG’s to be active for progress by joining the SCMS, MSMS and AMA. Dr. Balcueva was State Chairman for the IMG’s of the MSMS and worked hard to obtaina permanent seat at the AMA level. He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. Dr. Balcueva was involved in the first Cardiac Care Unit in a Michigan Hospital and the Dialysis Unit at the Methadone Clinic. He also dedicated time to the Soup Kitchen and enjoyed playing golf with his special group of friends. Dr. Balcueva considered it an honor and a privilege to be an American citizen, and all the opportunities that came with citizenship. He proudly proclaimed, “GOD BLESS AMERICA” and “GO BLUE!” Surviving besides his wife Mary Jane and their children, Ernest and Erlinda are four brothers and one sister, Dr. Ernie and Leanne Balcueva, Saginaw; Ernesto and Adelina Balcueva, Dr. Eden and Dr. Lourdes Balcueva, Ernani Montenegro, and Dr. Ermelo and Julita Balcueva, all in the Philippines; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his sons, Dr. Balcueva was preceded in death by his sister, Erlinda Balcueva, and his brother, Eusebio Balcueva, Jr. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2711 Mackinaw St., Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Steven Gavit and Rev. Fr. Andy LaFramboise will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and at St. Stephen Catholic Church on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. There will be a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to American Heart Association or The Balcueva Scholarship Fund. www.snowfuneralhome.net