On February 3, 2004, RUTH STROEBEL BALLA; beloved wife of the late Walter Leroy Balla; dear aunt of Eleonore and John Schleupner and Judy and Alvin Ruppel; dear great aunt of Benjamin and Heather Ruppel. Friends may call at the family owned Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc., 6500 York Road (at Overbook), on Friday, 10 to 11 A.M. at which time a funeral service will be held. Interment immediately following at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Please omit flowers. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Baltimore, 6601 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204.