Mary Blotske

Dec. 8, 1928-April 5, 2013

Mary Blotske, 84, Underwood, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Benedictine Living Center in Garrison.

Mary was born Dec. 8, 1928, in Carson, to Lawrence and Magdalena (Eickenlaub) Riehl. She was raised and educated in the Brisbane area. Mary was united in marriage to John Blotske on Feb. 7, 1950, at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Carson. They made their home in Selfridge where Mary served as treasurer of the city council and as city assessor for a short time. In 1968, they moved to Seattle where Mary sold Tupperware and Avon products in the area. They moved to Underwood in 1970. Mary worked for several years with the kitchen staff of Prairieview Nursing Home and was employed as a cook for the Underwood Public School. She faithfully assisted her husband, John, with the family grain cleaning business for nearly 20 years, often working many long hour days. Mary served as ticket chairperson of the Christian Women’s Club for 10 years.

Her hobbies included crocheting and Hardanger embroidery. Mary loved to bake and cook special meals. She would bake kuchen and pies by the dozens. The Easter season was her favorite as she would bake bunny rolls, dye eggs and make Easter baskets for all the elderly people in town. Mary enjoyed telling jokes and pulling pranks and is remembered for her wonderful sense of humor.

She is survived by: four sons and daughters-in-law, Allen (JoAnn) of Bismarck, Dale (Marcia), Joe (Laura) and John-John (Terri), all of Underwood; one daughter and son-in-law, Valerie (Curtis) Kinn of Underwood; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Feigel of Modesto, Calif., Emma Loeb of Mandan and Lavina Martin of St. Francis, Minn.; and two sisters-in-law, Joan Riehl of Carson and Marie Riehl of Cannonball.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; and three brothers, John, Adam and Theodore.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Bonaventure’s Catholic Church in Underwood with Rev. Frank J. Schuster as celebrant.

Interment will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Bonaventure’s Catholic Church, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service.

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