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.