Julia Irene Blaise, nee Seres, 92, of Belleville, Ill., born Sept. 11, 1923, in East St. Louis, Ill., passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill.
She slipped away after being given the last rites by a Catholic priest at 3:23 p.m. Her last words to her daughter were, "I love you."
Irene was employed as a bookkeeper at the Monsanto Queeny plant in St. Louis, Mo., retiring in 1956 to raise her family. She was a homemaker and the world's best mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved to cook Hungarian foods and speak the language to her cousins since she was 100% Hungarian.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, William Blaise Sr., who died Aug. 16, 2010, to whom she was married for 57 years. They were married at St. Clare's Catholic Church on May 16, 1953, in O'Fallon, Ill.; also by her parents, Benjamin and Mary, nee Feher, Seres; two sisters, Mary Sinskey and Pearl Lochmann; and two brothers, Benjamin Jr. and Louis Donald.
Surviving are her daughter, Elizabeth (Richard) Bennett of Chicago, Ill.; a son, William (Kelly) Blaise Jr., of Belleville, Ill; three grandchildren, Molly (Shane) Leech, Jordan (Lisa) Blaise, and Julie Blaise; two step-grandchildren, Kathleen (David) Musser and Grace (Brian) Wright; five great-grandchildren, Corinne Leech, Allyssah Leech, Amelia Leech, Ryder Blaise, and Kyson Blaise; three step-great-grandchildren, Gwendolyn Johnson, Joseph Johnson, and Joshua Musser; two brothers-in-law, Richard Rickman and Roger Lochmann; a sister-in-law, Alice Seres; a special cousin, Wilma Shroat; and many nieces and nephews.
She was a very generous, loving, person and will be sadly missed by all.
Memorials may be made to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill., the Siteman Cancer Center, 660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, Mo., or a
Services: Julia Irene Blaise was cremated and her wishes were to be buried with her husband's remains at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. All services will be private.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 1, 2016