Ervin G. Bublitz, age 79, of Winona, died on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Gundersen Health System Hospital in La Crosse, Wis., after a short illness.
Ervin was born in Winona, Minn., on September 12, 1934, to Ervin and Alone Bublitz. He attended Winona public schools and after receiving a bachelor of arts degree in economics from St. Maryís University in Winona, Erv graduated with a master of science degree in sociology from Winona State. He went on to earn his doctorate in sociology from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1970, Erv returned to Winona State to teach sociology and later serve as department chairman. He was also the coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program, the Law Enforcement Program and law enforcement internships. He loved his work as an educator and is remembered by his students as eloquent and cantankerous. Erv was a generous benefactor to Winona State, giving hundreds of scholarships to students in sociology, social work and criminal justice studies.
Ervinís love of art and the West led him to donate his collections of Southwest Native American pottery, Frederic Remington bronze sculptures, and Navajo rugs to Winona State University. His contributions may number at least 200 pieces of art on campus. After he retired in 2010, Erv divided his time between his home in Winona and his homes in Southern Colorado and Southern New Mexico.
Throughout his life, Ervin spent many thoughtful, peaceful and happy hours out on the Mississippi River with his beloved golden retrievers. He was an avid duck-hunter following the fine example of his dad. He kept bees and was proud of his backyard gardenís tomatoes, green beans, and Swiss chard. He picked blackberries along the St. Maryís walking paths. Erv was a lifelong member of the YMCA in Winona. He loved his family and was a dedicated uncle to his nephews and nieces.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, John, Bill, and Robert. He is survived by his sister, Bonnie Woodford and her husband Roland; by his sister, Sally Hanner and her husband Lester Dore; and by his sister-in-law Sally Bublitz (Rob); his sister-in-law Betty Bublitz (Bill); many nieces and nephews, and by his golden retriever, Dusters.
Erv planned a celebration of his life, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the East Hall of Kryzsko Commons on the Winona State University Campus. A reception will be held immediately afterward.
Private burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Ervís family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
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