Glenna M. Blahnik

By on August 2, 2012

Glenna M. Blahnik, 82, of DeKalb, 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 Aug.15, 1929, in Green Bay, Wis.

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 one year of baby nursery care at a hospital in Chicago, and was employed at Montgomery Ward and Dun and Bradstreet in Green Bay.

Glenna married Robert J. Blahnik at St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church in Green Bay on Sept. 8, 1951. She didn’t realize that her life was going to become a travel log, traveling with her husband, who was a telephone office equipment installer, as they ventured forward to Terre Haute, Ind., Paris, Ill., Lafayette, Ind., Mauston, Wis., and to Clintonville Wis., so their first son, Thomas, could be born in Green Bay in 1952. Onward to Lincoln, Neb., then to Wenatchee, Wash., to welcome their second son, Richard, in 1954. After a brief stop in Ellensburg, Wash., a return to Terre Haute, and then to Pekin, Ill., to enjoy third son, Harry, in 1955.

In 1956, they moved to Vermilion, Ohio, and first daughter, Sharon, was born in Lorain, Ohio, soon to be joined by second daughter, Margaret, in 1957, and fourth son, James, in 1958, with fifth son, Robert, born in Amherst, Ohio, in 1961. They then chose to live in Virgil, Ill., for 18 years, during which time they welcomed daughter No. 3, Denise, in 1963; daughter No. 4, Terry Ann, in 1964; sixth son, Glenn, in 1966; and daughter No. 5, Renee, in 1972.

In 1980, they moved to Jackson, Mich. In 1991, they returned to Dixon. Glenna enjoyed continued travel with Bob in their retirement years, visiting 49 of the 50 states (not Alaska), three provinces in Canada, and Mexico and Australia, spending the first four months of each year in the Rio Grande Valley through 1999. At this time, she became disabled by diabetic neuropathy and lost the effective use of her legs. They relocated to DeKalb 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) of Dekalb; Harry (Renee) of Burnsville Minn.; Sharon Cox (John Tice) of Dekalb; Margaret (Rich) Govea of Rochelle Ill.; James (Debra) of Sycamore Ill.; Robert (Cheryl) of Golden Colo.; Denise (Tim) Berkshire of Sycamore; Terry Ann (Tom) Meeusen of Jenison Mich.; Glenn (Jennifer) of Lafayette Ind.; Renee (Tom) Comeford of DeKalb; daughter-in-law, Barbara Blahnik of Auburndale, Fla.; as well as her grandchildren and 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.

Visitation was held July 30 at St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church, 312 Victoria St., Green Bay. Mass of Christian Burial for Glenna followed at the church. Rev. Ralph Merkatoris officiated. Interment took place at Allouez Catholic Cemetery.

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