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Martha Blasi

October 2, 1926 March 2, 2019
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Obituary for Martha Blasi

Martha Blasi, age 92, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Jerry Wagoner officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, March 11, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home from 5 to 6 PM with the family greeting friends. Interment will be held at the Clarinda Cemetery in Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa, where we ‘Celebrate Life’.

On October 3, 1926, Martha Jessen was born in Wellman, Iowa to Peter John Jessen and Bertha Kathryn Elizabeth Blum Jessen. She was baptized on October 24, 1926 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wellman. Martha grew up on a farm with eight brothers and sisters. She thought of herself as “mother’s helper.”
Martha was confirmed May 12, 1940 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 27:1. She graduated from Pulaski High School in 1944 and attended Parsons College in Fairfield for two summer sessions. She taught at a rural school, Pleasant Knoll, in Pulaski for two years. Later, she worked at the Ottumwa Telephone Company as an operator.
On October 1, 1946, Martha married Jerald Blasi, also from Pulaski. They resided in Petersburg, Virginia, where Martha worked at the local phone company while Jerald served as an army medic. Upon his discharge from the service, they moved back to Iowa.
Jerald and Martha moved to Clarinda in 1962, where they raised four daughters. Martha was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Clarinda. She held offices in the LWML. She enjoyed sewing for world relief, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and singing in the choir. She made it a priority to attend various Bible study groups. Volunteer work also took up a lot of her time. She delivered meals, worked on the hospital auxiliary, and helped at the Glenn Miller Museum.
Her faith and community were very important to her, but the welfare of her family was always on her mind. Martha was most at home in her kitchen, where she loved to cook. She lost her husband Jerald in 2009 after sixty-two years of marriage, but she continued to enjoy her family and friends.
She resided at Goldenrod Manor for the past ten years, where she participated in all of the activities that were offered. She particularly enjoyed Bingo and Kathy’s Klass (current events). She always welcomed visitors and particularly enjoyed family visits.
Martha is survived by her daughters: Cheryl (Donald) Vincent of Omaha, NE; Donna (Richard) Whitehead of Center Point, IA; Janice (Royce) Duncan of Maryville, MO; and Kelly (Phil) Lasher of Erie, PA; as well as nine grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. In addition, four sisters survive: Elsie Wagler of Cody, WY; Gwen (Earl) Foster of Huntsville, TX; Evelyn (Robert) Wells of Ville De Oro, TX; and Shirley (Robert) Schmidt of Mundelein, IL. Martha is also survived by sisters-in-law Dorothy Jessen, Beverly Blasi, and Jeanie Blasi; brothers-in-law Dwight Blasi and Wayne Norton; also nieces, nephews, cousins and her Goldenrod family.
Preceding Martha in death were three brothers: Ronnie, Richard, and Harold Jessen; also one sister, Sharon Norton.
Martha will be remembered for her selfless devotion to her family, her church, and her community. Her love and inspiration will live on through her family. May God grant comfort and peace to all those who mourn her passing.


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Visitation

Monday

11

Mar

5:00 PM 3/11/2019 5:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 3/11/2019 6:00:00 PM
Ritchie Funeral Home - Clarinda

222 East Washington
Clarinda, IA 51632

Ritchie Funeral Home - Clarinda
222 East Washington Clarinda 51632 IA
United States

Funeral Service

Tuesday

12

Mar

10:00 AM 3/12/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. John Lutheran Church

Clarinda, IA 51632

St. John Lutheran Church
Clarinda 51632 IA
United States

Interment

Tuesday

12

Mar

11:00 AM 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
Clarinda Cemetery

Clarinda, IA 51632

Clarinda Cemetery
Clarinda 51632 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. John Lutheran Church

Clarinda, IA 51632
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