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Glenna Blahnik

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Blahnik, Glenna M.

Glenna M. Blahnik 82 of Dekalb, Illinois, joined the angels on the afternoon of July 25, 2012 at the Oakcrest Retirement Center. The daughter of Louis and Edith (McClean) Cardin was born on August 15, 1929 in Green Bay, WI. Glenna completed her grammar school education at St. Philip the Apostle School and graduated from St. Joseph's High School for Girls in 1947. She attended classes for 1 year of Baby Nursery care at a Hospital in Chicago, and was employed at Montgomery Wards and Dun and Bradstreet in Green Bay.

Glenna married Robert J. Blahnik at St Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church in Green Bay on September 8, 1951. She didn't realize that her life was going to become a Travelog traveling with her husband who was a Telephone Office Equipment Installer as they ventured forward to Terre Haute IN, then to Paris IL, Lafayette IN, Mauston WI, and to Clintonville WI, so their 1st son, Thomas, could be born in Green Bay WI in 1952. Onward to Lincoln NE, then to Wenatchee WA to welcome their 2nd son, Richard, in 1954. After a brief stop in Ellensburg WA a return to Terre Haute IN, and then to Pekin IL, to enjoy 3rd son, Harry, in 1955. In 1956, they moved to Vermilion OH, and 1st daughter, Sharon, was born in Lorain OH, soon to be joined by 2nd daughter, Margaret, in 1957, and 4th son, James, in 1958, with 5th son, Robert, born in Amherst OH in 1961. They then chose to live in Virgil IL for 18 years during which time they welcomed daughter No.3, Denise, in 1963, daughter No. 4, Terry Ann, in 1964, 6th son, Glenn, in 1966, and daughter No. 5, Renee, in 1972.

In 1980 they moved to Jackson MI. In 1991 they returned to Dixon IL. Glenna enjoyed continued travel with Bob in their retirement years visiting 49 of the 50 states (not Alaska). 3 provinces in Canada, and Mexico and Australia spending the first 4 months of each year in the Rio Grande Valley thru 1999. At this time she became disabled by Diabetic Neuropathy and lost the effective use of her legs. They relocated to Dekalb IL to be near the location of most of their children.

Glenna was a wonderful loving wife to Bob for 60 plus years, a loving mother to 11 children, grandmother to 28 and great grandmother to 7. She was quick with a joke and instilled a great sense of love and humor in all of her children. She leaves to mourn her: Thomas and Richard (Lola), Dekalb; Harry (Renee), Burnsville MN; Sharon Cox (John Tice), Dekalb; Margaret (Rich) Govea, Rochelle IL; James (Debra), Sycamore IL; Robert (Cheryl), Golden CO; Denise (Tim) Berkshire, Sycamore IL; Terry Ann (Tom) Meeusen, Jenison MI; Glenn (Jennifer), Lafayette IN; Renee (Tom) Comeford, Dekalb; daughter-in-law, Barbara Blahnik, Auburndale FL; 27 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Edith Cardin; brothers, John and Robert Cardin; sister and brother-in-law, Lucy and Russell Blahnik; brothers-in-law, Ralph Blahnik, Roland Blahnik, Randolph Blahnik, and Royal Blahnik; along with one grandson, Michael Blahnik.

Family and friends may call at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave., De Pere on Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with the parish prayer service at 6:30 PM. Visitation will continue on Monday, July 30, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church, 312 Victoria St., Green Bay. Mass of Christian Burial for Glenna will be at the church on Monday at 11:00 AM with Rev. Ralph Merkatoris officiating. Interment will follow in Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on July 28, 2012
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