Majella M. Blanas (1936 - 2015)

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Majella Marie Blanas, age 78, passed away at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 27, 2015, with family by her side. Born Majella Nibler in western Oregon, she lost her own mother at age 8, and was sent to live with various relatives for the rest of her youth. Consequently, she had a difficult childhood and had to learn many life lessons the hard way, on her own. With a strong Catholic school influence, along with those of various relatives, she was instilled with an unwavering moral sense. In addition, her life experience compelled her to always be kind, empathetic and generous to all. All her life she helped people less fortunate wherever she could. She came to Alaska in 1959, to be near her dad. After working for Cordova (Alaska) Airlines and Northern Commercial, she boldly set out to see the world on her own. Her travels took her by ship, through the Panama Canal to South America, then to Europe, where she spent time in France and Italy. She then traveled by ship to Melbourne, Australia, where she met and Married Haralambos "Harry" Blanas, who had likewise found his way to Australia, from his native Greece. They returned to Alaska, and made their home in Anchorage: Harry working his specialized construction trade and Majella raising their five children. Together, they started and ran multiple business ventures. Majella was a person of the highest integrity who could always be counted on, to do the right thing. In addition to her own kids, she helped to raise many of their friends, who had lost their way, or left home early, as she herself did. She was often thought of as "Saint Majella" by those who knew her best, for always living her kind-hearted Christian values, mainly by helping those in need. Preceded in passing by her husband, she is survived by her five children and their spouses, Victoria (Nels) Blanas-Strandberg, Bill (Annette) Blanas, Barbara (Nick) Rodes, Peter (Kim) Blanas and Jim Blanas. She is also survived by many nieces; nephews; and grandchildren. A graveside service is planned for later in the spring. Her family wishes especially to thank and praise the nursing staff of the Providence Oncology and Palliative Care unit. Their empathy and caring in attending to our mother in her final days was remarkable and praise-worthy.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Apr. 5, 2015