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Lithuanian folklore scholar, Naperville resident dies at 102

Jonas P. Balys, the premier Lithuanian folklore scholar in the United States, preserved his country’s rich oral and written traditions, saving them first from sovietization and later from the ravages of time.

“He loved his native country and everything he remembered from his humble beginnings,” said his daughter, Angela Laima Bergeron. “He knew he needed to try and save all that was dear to his heart for future generations. He wanted none of it lost.”

Mr. Balys, 102, who received a Lithuanian Academy of Sciences award in 1998 for his lifetime of contributions, died of natural causes Friday, Sept. 9, at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, an assisted-living facility where he had lived for the last few years.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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