Funeral services for Laura "Jeanne" Bladt, 89, of Buffalo Center, formerly of Hamlin, were held Friday, Jan. 20th at 11a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Buffalo Center. Burial was Saturday, Jan. 21 at Valley View Cemetery in Persia.
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Laura "Jeanne" Miller Bladt was born four miles south of Logan, in Harrison County to Irving and Tena (Weber) Miller on March 12, 1922. She was baptized in the farm home at Logan.
Jeanne attended Harrison Grove country school and Logan High School, graduating from Persia High School in 1940.
Jeanne met and married Gene Bladt of Hamlin, on Jan. 25, 1942. Gene served in the Army from 1942-1945 as a drill sergeant. After Gene returned, they made their home in Hamlin, living there for 52 ½ years, before moving to Audubon in 1998. While Jeanne lived in Hamlin, she was confirmed from the Hamlin Lutheran Church. There were three children born from this union; Roger Steven, Deanna Jeanette and Laurel Rae.
While in Hamlin, Jeanne was very active in the Hamlin Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School and Bible School for many years. Jeanne was also a Junior Missionary Leader, Church and Evangelism Secretary, President of the Women of the Church and Alter Society. Jeanne had many hours with the ladies who worked on Mission Quilts and her Bible Study group. She also held offices with the Retarded Children's Association of Audubon County and was involved with that group for over 12 years.
As her children grew and left home, Jeanne went to work at the Audubon Elementary School in Audubon, serving as secretary to the schools principal. She worked there for over 10 years. Jeanne tried to retire, but then returned to work at the Audubon County Hospital as an office secretary, working there for 10 years before retiring in 1987.
In her spare time, Jeanne loved to garden and grew hybrid flowers. She loved to bake and read. She loved to attend barn dances, ride horses, paint and make scrapbooks. She and Gene played cards with many friends each weekend. She also loved animals, mostly cats but especially loved her kitten Snookie. She moved to Buffalo Center in 2005 to be close to her daughters, sons and grandchildren. She joined the Methodist Church in Buffalo Center making new friends at the church and in the community. Her "church lunch buddies" will miss her.
Her daughters will always remember their Mom as a devoted mother and grandmother. Her son-in-laws will surely miss her "stickel pickles" and coconut cream pie. Her grand and great-grandchildren will remember how she always had time to play games with them; Bingo, Concentration, and Old Maid and her special "candy drawer." Other important things for Jeanne, were to have her hair pretty, keep her yard looking nice and her car had to be clean and full of gas!
Jeanne was a proud, determined strong woman. Smart, capable, loving and kind. Stubborn and bull-headed…you bet! These are the qualities that describe mom. These are the qualities that got her through life's trials. These are the qualities that will get her through Heaven's Gate.
Jeanne is preceded in death by her loving husband Gene (2001), her son Roger (1995), grandson Baby Joens (1973), granddaughter Heather LaRae Joens-Ford (2008) and great grandson David J. Nissen (2001). Her father Irving Miller, mother Tena Champlin, stepfather W.J. Champlin, her granparents and many aunts and uncles.
Jeanne is survived by her daughters; Dee (Denny) Murra and Laurel (Denny) Joens both of Buffalo Center. Grandchildren; Jen (Ryan) Villa of Billings, Mont., Brent (Michelle) Nissen of Walters, Minn., Tracy Murra of Buffalo Center, Laura Murra of Minneapolis, Minn. and Sarah (Art) Zeeck of Mason City. Great-grandchildren; Caleb Villa, Jaycob Murra, Molli Joens, Katelyn Nissen, Alex Ford, Casey Shave and Trinity Zeeck. Brother, V.L. "Butch" Miller, all of Council Bluffs. Sisters: Deloris (Don) Spraklin of Valley, Iowa and Donna (Dennis) McKean of Papillion, Neb., as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Her and her granddaughter Heather's favorite verse: It's the friends we meet along life's path…who help us appreciate the journey. At last, the Chickadee is reunited with her Turtledove.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, 2012