Joyce Mae Blasko passed away peacefully at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare of Winona on July 31, 2013, at the age of 87. She was born October 12, 1925, on the family farm in Eau Galle Township, Dunn Co., Wis., to Victor and Amelia (Kelm) Weinzirl. She graduated in 1943 from Durand High School before moving to Menomonie. She married Andrew Blasko in October of 1944. After starting their family, they moved to their home on Broadway in Winona in 1956.
She was most proud of her six children: Marcia (David) Reinert of Oxford, Ark., James (Eileen) Blasko of Lake Elmo, Minn., Philip (Robyn) Blasko of Apple Valley, Minn., ReVae (Donn) Seitz of Winona, Daniel (Kathy) Blasko of Minnesota City, and Thomas Blasko of Winona; ten grandchildren: Tracy, Tammy, Andrea, Greg, Katrina, Jacob, Evan, Marne, Sarah, and Melanie; and seven great-grandchildren: Neal, Andrew, Joshua, Aiden, Amelia, Annabel, and Henry. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy (Howard) Golden, of Brookings, S.D,, and nieces, nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andy, and her parents.
Joyce was a Madison Elementary School “lunch lady” from 1967 to 92. She had many interests, including stitchery and quilting, word games and playing Scrabble with Andy, writing letters and a book about her life, keeping up with her many photo albums, traveling with friends, selling Fuller Brush products for over 20 years, which she began doing with her bicycle, and was always fond of flowers and cats. She made friends wherever she went and shared the lives of her friends at the Kingdom Hall for many, many years. She was a long-time dedicated Jehovah’s Witness, which brought her happiness and peace of mind in the hope of paradise to come.
Visitation will be held at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona on Saturday, August 3, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice.
Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, Minn. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.