Condolence & Memory Journal


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Posted by areanna snow - portage, MI - Brother   May 23, 2017

i love and miss him he was a really good cousin he was like a big brother to me i really hoped that he would not pass away

Posted by areanna snow - portage, MI   May 23, 2017


Chito was always there for me he help me through a lot and i thank him for it. my heart shatter in to millions as an aunt. Chito was always there for his family and we all thank him for that. But now something is different he is gone there will be no more brother to brother time there will be no more brother to sister time. most importantly i will miss the way he ask my mom for here popcorn. the loss of Chito was hard on us all but now he is in heaven. REST EASY CHITO. may the comfort of family in heaven be with you. Now i look up and see your smiling face there. For the longest time you made sure i was ok and now im not. I love you Chito

Posted by Sierra Best - portage, MI - Family   December 20, 2016

Alfonso and I met in Green Meadow Elementary in the first grade. We got separated through Middle School and then once again ended up in high school together at Portage Community High. He was one of my closest friends. He always knew how to make me feel better, he knew how to make anyone feel better I should say. He was absolutely one of the best people I knew! And my heart shattered into pieces when I heard the news! I never personally got a chance to meet his family, but you are all in my thoughts and prayers. The world will never be the same without him but heaven has one extremely amazing angel now watching over all of you! So remember that!

Posted by Mikelle Louden - Portage, MI - Friend   October 04, 2016

To all of Alfonso families May God be with you all in your time of need and after. The loss of a child no matter what age is very sad but we cannot question the reason why. With God we accept what he has chosen even if we do not understand why. With my Deepest Sympathy

Posted by Chaplain Sharon Sebright - Kalamazoo, MI   September 16, 2016

To all of Alfonso's families May God be with you all in your time of need. The loss of a child no matter what age is very sad but we cannot question why with God we accept what he has chosen with my Deepest Sympathy

Posted by Chaplain Sharon Sebright - kKalamazoo, MI   September 16, 2016


My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this painful time....May God wrap you in his arms and help you through....R.I.P. sweet angel

Posted by Rae-Anne Booth - Kalamazoo, MI   September 15, 2016

So sorry for your loss Tabitha. Keep your memories close and he will always be with you in your heart.

Posted by Grace Ashley - Kalamazoo, MI   September 14, 2016


We pray your memories help you all through this heartache <3>

Posted by Kirsten & Family - Battle Creek, MI   September 14, 2016

Prayers are with you during this difficult time!
Sympathy from all the gardner family.

Kitty Gardner

Posted by Kitty Gardner - Portage, MI   September 14, 2016

Poncho and family,
Ed and I are stunned and devastated for your loss. Chito's faith in God and passion for life shined through every day and made our day. His kindness came from within, a rare quality to possess. We always looked forward to seeing you and Chito as our frequent customers at Home Depot. Chito was and still is an inspiration for us to keep God at the center and family a close second and that work is a blessing. As parents we often would comment on how fortunate we would be if our children grew up to be as faithful and peaceful and as devoted to Christ as Chito. When I read your post about how Gods love is perfect even in your pain, I recalled Ephesians 3:15-21. Thank you again for your inspiration during an unimaginable time of struggle. May God bring peace and comfort to you and your family.
-Ed Lara & Alesia Hovenkamp

Posted by Alesia & Ed - Kalamazoo, MI   September 13, 2016

Much love to and prayers for the family. My condolences dear ones.

Posted by Jen Gordon - MI   September 13, 2016

I am very sorry for your loss. My family and I give our sincere condolences. May you all look to the God of comfort during this difficult time. Deepest Sympathy

Posted by Psalms 145:14    September 13, 2016

For Poncho, Amanda and loved ones;
My heart aches for you and with you in this darkest of hours. I heard about the accident but through this obit, just learned you lost Chito. May your faith, family and friends bring you strength to grieve comfortably. I will hold you close to my heart and share my shoulders to help carry you through this terrible tragedy. Much love for you all.

Posted by Jeff Moran    September 13, 2016

Maureen and Lenny and all who loved him , i am so sorry . May God hold you close during this time and give you a peace and comfort only he can give.

Posted by Anna Jannetti - Poland, OH   September 13, 2016


My heart goes out to my best friend Tabitha and her family and to Ponchos and his family , I'm so sorry and I feel your pain.. I love you guys Fly high fofi until we meet again!!

Posted by Stacy Edwards - Kalamazoo, MI   September 13, 2016

My condolescences to your family and friends. May you rest in peace.

Posted by Deb KelJenkins - Kalamazoo, MI   September 13, 2016


To know you are gone is have known you as a child and watch you become a man who grew with such light ..that is what I will have known you and not get to see the light get I will keep your light shining with this memories..and my heart bub..and let your light shine through mine ..r.I.p. fonso..

Posted by Terry Burnett - Kalamazoo, MI   September 13, 2016

Rosalind Adams

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2016


Tabitha and family I'm very sorry for your loss I have 4 children one of the is his age I can't even being to know what your going through my deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. Much love and respect

Posted by Rebecca Edwards - Portage, MI   September 13, 2016


Posted by Alfonso (Chito) Balboa - Kalamazoo Mi, MI   September 13, 2016

Poncho and Amanda, no one should have to endure the pain you and your family is feeling. I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family during this time and provide comfort in knowing that Chito is with the Lord.
We love you guys,
Dano and Heidi Richardson

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2016

To Alfonso Sr and family, No bond is as great as that between a parent and a child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve the loss of your beloved son, Alfonso Jr. May you find comfort in reading John 6:40

Posted by Jonathan    September 13, 2016