Jasper "Joe" Balsamo passed away Monday afternoon January 29, 2018. He was born on February 24, 1952 in Chicago the son of Jasper and Lupe (Soto) Balsamo. On September 23, 1978 he was married to Linda R. Novotny. Joe graduated from Cody High School in Detroit and received his associates degree from Henry Ford Community College. He loved spending time with his family, vacations in northern Michigan, fishing, raising chickens and cars and trucks. Surviving in addition to his Linda are his mother in law Martha Novotny; cousins: Rosemary (Jose) Enriquez, Margie (Ed) Lineweber, John (Mary) Pagan, Tony (Joyce) Soto, Nino Soto, Gloria (Sam) Tumino, Frank Soto, Ed (Sharon) Soto, Sue (Bruce) Perckikoff, Jean Kopeck, Steve Novotny. Many, many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.