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Norma J. "Jolene" Blanchard

Norma J. "Jolene" Blanchard

GOSHEN, IN: Norma J. "Jolene" Blanchard, 82, of Goshen, IN passed away at 10:05 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen, She was born on January 30, 1931 in Coloma, MI.

She grew up in Coloma and graduated in 1949 from Coloma High School. She was previously married to Lawrence E. McNutt and in 1971 she married Clarence R. Gross who preceded her in 1994. On April 5, 2004 in Middleburg, FL she married Ervin H. Blanchard who survives.

She was formerly employed at Walter Hagen Golf Company in Grand Rapids, MI; was the Food, Garden, Radio & Television Editor for the Peninsula Herald in Monterey, CA for several years, and was a private secretary for many years.

She moved to Goshen in 2009 from Columbia City (Loon Lake) and previously lived in North Webster, Marion, OH and Florida.

She is survived by: husband Ervin Blanchard of Goshen; daughter, Ruth Ann Heiser of Avon, CT; son, Glenn McNutt of Marion, OH; two step-sons David (Kay) Blanchard of Maumee, OH and Jerry Blanchard of Goshen; and grandchildren, Jennifer (Barkley) Roudebush, Angela (Barkley) Leidheiser, Christine Barkley, Nicole McNutt, Rachel (McNutt) Cappon, and two step-grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence Gross; and two half sisters.

Private graveside services were held at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, IN on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 with Pastor Dennis Judy officiating.

Memorial bequest may be given to the Donor's choice.

Published in the The Marion Star on June 22, 2013
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