C. Maxine Blunk, 87, and Norman Lee Blunk, 85, both of Atlantic, passed away at the Heritage House. Norman passed away Monday Aug. 9, 2010, and Maxine on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
Norman was born Dec.13, 1924, to Werner and Dora (Bebensee) Blunk, on a farm near Anita. He attended country schools and later went to the Wiota Consolidated High School, graduating in 1943. He was a talented athlete and enjoyed playing basketball and baseball.
Maxine was born November 18, 1924, to Charles Dean and Nola Marie (Daughenbaugh) Armstrong and lived her early years on a farm located between Wiota and Anita. She attended school in Wiota, and as a high school student, gained fame as a member of the outstanding girls basketball team. In 1974, she was inducted into the Iowa Girls Basketball Hall of Fame, an honor that she always cherished.
In 1944, Norman enlisted in the U.S. Navy
and served during World War II
in the Pacific on an LST vessel. Upon his discharge in 1946 he returned to Atlantic. In 1948, Maxine and Norman were united in marriage, settling in Atlantic, where they remained for many years. Maxine worked in banking and Norman worked for Asgrow Seed Company. After a while, Asgrow transferred them to such places as Indiana, Tennessee, Nebraska, Arizona and California. Maxine was always willing to pack up, move, and adapt to new places, making friends wherever she lived. In 1986, Norman retired and the couple moved to Modesto, Calif., for five years. In 1991, Norman and Maxine decided they wanted to return to their roots and moved back to Atlantic where they could be close to family and friends.
Maxine and Norman were long-time members of the Wiota Methodist Church. They volunteered many hours of service to the church. Maxine enjoyed many activities such as golfing, bowling, gardening and crafting. She touched many people with her willingness to always help when she could and she would always take time to write a card or letter to her many friends and family members. Norman liked all sports. He golfed, and earlier in his life he played baseball, basketball and enjoyed horseback riding. They both particularly enjoyed spending time with their granddaughters, Marya and Sarah. They will be truly missed by their family.
Maxine and Norman are survived by their daughter, Sheryl, and son-in-law, Frederick Vrba, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and their granddaughters, Marya (Jeremie Pichereau) Vrba of Birmingham, England, and Sarah Vrba of Flagstaff, Ariz.. In addition they are survived by Maxine's sisters, Betty Boeck of Fontanelle, Mary Brillhart of Pella; and her brother, Bill Armstrong of Atlantic.
A memorial service for the two of them will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Wiota Methodist Church in Wiota, Iowa. Family will greet and visit with friends at the luncheon in the church fellowship hall following the service.
Hockenberry Family Care in Atlantic is assisting the family. Condolences may be left at www.hockenberryfamilycare.com.