My name is Norm Balke, my father is Ernest Balke, Jr. from Detroit.I am certain that this Lillian Balke is my father's mother.
To make a long story short, Lillian died, and my dad, and his brother Donald and sister Lois got shipped off to various relatives and they never heard from each other again.My understanding is that his father was still alive but was not willing to raise 3 kids on his own.My dad stayed in school until about 8th grade, then started working at various jobs that took him around the country, most colorfully working for the circus.After some time in the army he ended up in Marshalltown, IA where he met my mom, then they ended up in Iowa City.He died about 2 years ago.My mother tried to locate some of his relatives, but was unsuccessful.My father did go back to Detroit 10-15 years ago and I believe found his mother's gravesite.Other than that, he had no communication with any of his relatives since probably the early 1940s.
Any information that you might have about his family would be most interesting.
My daughter, Molly, was goofing around on the computer Googling my name and she stumbled on to the genealogy.com site with some Balke references.
Have a great day and I am looking forward tohearing from you.