Eleanor E. Blanzy

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Loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Eleanor Evelyn Blanzy, age 101 of Gaylord, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Eleanor was born on June 20, 1917, in Dover Twp. to Louis and Helen (Kozlowski) Dipzinski. The eldest of 13 children, Eleanor grew up with a deep appreciation for her family. She will be remembered for her love of teaching that led her to work with students from six different schools in the Otsego County area culminating with Special Education at Gaylord High. After retirement she focused on her beautiful oil, china, and watercolor paintings, many of which are displayed around Gaylord. She also liked to work in her large flower garden, which won her many awards for her irises. In addition to being a former member of RSVP, Eleanor loved to travel and visited many countries across the world.

She is survived by her sons, Bill (Jean) and Tom (Bobbi) Blanzy; grandchildren, Scott, Stefan (Anna), Joe, Jeremy (Hannah), Heather (Mike), Sara (Whit), Jenny (Ardel), Staci; sixteen great-grandchildren; siblings Ernest and Lorraine; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Edward; parents Louis and Helen; grandson Jacob; and great-grandson Samuel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018, beginning 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral.

Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and will continue Thursday, October 11, 2018, at the cathedral from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. St. Mary Knights of Columbus will offer a rosary at the Nelson Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, October 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

Donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI, 49734.

18 comments on “Eleanor E. Blanzy”

  1. Loretta Koronka Swantek

    Mrs Blanzy taught my dad, Stanley Koronka, in a one room school house, and later taught my brother and I at St Mary’s School. I learned some basic piano skills from her and loved her many art projects. Of all my teachers she is the one I remember the most fondly. She leaves a wonderful legacy.

  2. Condolences to the entire Blanzy family. May God comfort you in this time of loss and sorrow. Take comfort knowing she is resting in peace awaiting that glorious resurrection day, When there will be no more parting and tears.

  3. Eleanor Blanzy will be missed by all who knew her. Growing up in Gaylord and being a lifelong friend of Bill’s, I know that his mother represents the good that people of Otsego county had to offer their children lucky to grow up in that community. Her warmth, friendliness, and loving spirit will be her legacy. She lived a full life and her memory will live on.

    My heartfelt sympathies for Bill and his family. No matter what age we are when your parents, especially your mother, passes, it leaves a hole that can never be filled.

  4. Mrs. Blanzy was one of my middle school teachers at St. Mary’s where she taught me to enjoy reading for pleasure and influenced my interest in art. She was a good friend to my Mom, Angela, and the china painting she taught Mom left a legacy of keepsakes for our family and friends. God grant eternal peace to her, the Blanzy family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Betty (Prusakiewicz) Nester

    Deepest sympathy to Eleanod’s Family. This wonderful lady was my teacher more than 65 years ago. What an honorable person. Many thoughts and prayers for her and her family. May loving and fond memories live on forever.

  6. While I remember Mrs. Blanzy as a teacher at GHS, my most vivid memories will always be of her at Relay For Life and her love for art. Her legacy will survive for generations.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  7. Craig and Berni Seidell

    Bill and Jean and all the family… we are so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. May our Lord comfort you in your time of sorrow. Rest In Peace Mrs. Blanzy.
    Craig and Berni Seidell

  8. Jim, Judy & Toni Duhoski

    Bill, Jean & family,

    We were so sorry to hear about your Moms’ passing. She lived a long and rewarding life. I’m sure she is lovingly looking down on her entire family. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Robyn Blanzy Hidges

    It is so hard to hear Aunt Eleanor has passed. My father, Jerry Blanzy, told some great stories about Uncle Eddy and Aunt Eleanor with stories about Uncle Stanley coming in at a close second. Aunt Eleanor had spunk, spirit, talent, and a kind heart. She will be missed dearly.

  10. So sorry we weren’t able to make the funeral for one of my favorite relatives. You will be missed Aunt Eleanor! Rest in peace.

  11. Bruce and Edie Biggs

    Bill, Jean & Family
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. She was such a lovely Lady, so kind and caring. Our irises will always be a wonderful memory of her.
    I will always remember the tour your Mom and I took around her beautiful garden of irises.

  12. Diane M Prusakiewicz Wiechec

    Bill ,Tom and families Our deepest sympathy. She was a talented art teacher and I still remember her instructing the class, points I never will forget.

  13. Diane M. Prusakiewicz Wiechec

    Bill, Tom and family – our deepest sympathy. She was a talented Art teacher and I’ll never forget the lessons we learned.

  14. Mrs. Blanzy encouraged me to become a teacher. She knew me well. I enjoyed every day of teaching. She will be missed by all of her students.

  15. My deepest sympathy to all of her family. Mrs. Blanzy was one of my teachers at St Marys. She was very dedicated to all of her students. Rest in Peace Mrs. Blanzy.

  16. Dolores Prusakiewicz Erndt

    To Tom, Bill and families, my deepest sympathy to all of you. I remember her fondly as my art teacher and so much was learned. May the dear Lord take her in his loving arms into eternal rest!

  17. Virginia Stutesman

    Eleonor was a very special person. She was the Special Ed Teacher of my son Roger, and she was also a good friend. I lost touch with her when I moved to California. I look forward to seeing her grow young again on the Paradise Earth that the One True God Jehovah has promised in the Bible.

  18. I would like to express my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beautiful mother, grandmother, sister and Aunt. When you see somebody such as Eleanor that has lived such a long and fulfilling life helping other people, it may make someone wonder why man has to die at all. But be assured, God gives us his personal promise found in the Bible at Revelation 21:4, where he tells us that very soon he will do away with death and sickness from the Earth forever, and then he will resurrect Eleanor to perfect life here on Earth, surrounded by family and friends, which has always been God’s purpose for mankind and for the Earth.

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