Obit: Bloczynski, Margaret Martha (1924 - 2010)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Bloczynski, Oberle, Meske, Deming, Hefko, Scott, Stuhr, Pittsley, Wroblewski, Martin, Packard, Alsin, Writz, Trueman, Mau, Trybula, Straskowski, Husting, Moore, Knauf, Boson, Drewek, Klemick, Gettler, Weis, Black, Golden, Kopanen, Manickam 

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) April 14, 2010 

Bloczynski, Margaret Martha (22 September 1924 - 9 April 2010) 

Margaret Martha (Meske) Bloczynski died on Friday, April 9, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the presence of her loving children. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Rev. Peter M. Manickam was the celebrant and Suzanne Golden was accompanist for Sacred Heart Church Funeral Choir and Cathy Kopanen as vocalist.  

Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery and serving as pallbearers were God-children and nephews, Mark Bloczynski, David Straskowski, Dough Straskowski, John Weis, Ron Bloczynski, Jerry Trybula and Dan Bloczynski. 

The visitation was held on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Rembs Funeral Home and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at Sacred Heart Church.  A combined Sacred Heart Parish and Parish Council of Catholic Women rosary was held at 4:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary Service was held at 6:30 p.m. at Rembs Funeral Home. 

Margaret was born on September 22, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, to Anna (Oberle) and George Meske. She was the oldest of eight daughters. Margaret grew up in Thorp, Wisconsin and attended Sunny Lawn and St. Bernard Catholic School. She attended Thorp High School.  After graduating from high school, she obtained her nursing degree from Saint Joseph School of Nursing in Marshfield, Wisconsin, in 1945. 

On June 7, 1947, she was united in marriage to John Joseph Bloczynski at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thorp.  They were blessed with nine children, Roseanne Marie, Patricia Louise, Judith L., John George, Mary Elizabeth, Linda Jo, Cynthia Kay, Jane Celine and Robert Jay.  

Margaret worked as a nurse, mostly in pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 44 years, retiring in 1989.  She was head nurse on the pediatric ward for many years.  She was affectionately known as Mrs. B. to both staff and patients.  Her co-workers and patients loved her for her devotion and high quality nursing skills.  Upon retiring, she served as tour coordinator for St. Joseph’s Hospital for first grade students in Marshfield and the surrounding area.  She also used her nursing skills as a volunteer rocking babies and helping at the blood bank and at shot clinics.  

She was a devout Catholic and a member of Saint John’s and Sacred Heart Catholic Churches. She was a long-time member of the Parish Council of Catholic Women at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  After her retirement, she continued to share her time and talent as a volunteer Eucharistic Minister at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, the House of the Dove and for home-bound parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 

Margaret enjoyed sewing, traveling, and baking and cooking favorite treats for family and friends.  Margaret was a Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, and Camp Fire Girl Leader.  Margaret remained in close touch with nursing friends joining in monthly luncheon dates until her death.  Margaret considered the 8th Air Corp Reunion Group as extended family and enjoyed the company of these precious friends on trips throughout the United States and Europe. 

Margaret is survived by four sisters: Agnes Trybula, Neillsville, WI, Betty Straskowski, Thorp, WI, Delores Meske, Colorado Springs, CO, and Beatrice Husting, Waukesha, WI; in-laws: George (Clara) Bloczynski, Madeline Bloczynski, Mary Ann (Gordon) Moore, Joan Knauf and Patricia (Glen) Boson. She is also survived by her nine children: Roseanne (Charles Deming) Hefko, Madison, WI, Dr. Patricia (Dr. Anthony Scott) Stuhr, Circleville, OH, Judith Lee, Kenosha, WI, John G. Bloczynski, Marshfield, WI, Mary Bloczynski, Greenbush, WI, Linda Mau, Houston, TX, Cindy (Scott Pittsley) Bloczynski, Madison, WI, Jane Wroblewski, Longmont, CO, and Robert Bloczynski, Wausau, WI.  She is further survived by 11 grandchildren: Phoebe (Joseph Martin) Hefko, Emily (Mark Packard), A. Ted (Nikki) Hefko, Jasper Hefko, Dinah Hefko, Polly Hefko, Cassandra (Michael Alsin) Writz, Jennifer (Dr. Lawrence) Trueman, Michelle Mau, Ian (Jessica) Bloczynski, and Katrina Pittsley and nine great-grandchildren: Eliza, Stormy, Aletha, Juniper, Lars, Jacob, Lucinda, Sylvia and Morgan John.  Margaret is survived by two aunts, Imogene Oberle and Isabelle Black.  Margaret has numerous surviving nieces and nephews, also. 

Margaret was preceded in death by her loving husband, John J. Bloczynski; her parents, Anna (Oberle) and George Meske; her mother and father-in-law, Rose (Drewek) and John Bloczynski, Sr.; her sisters: Loretta Meske, Irene Klemick, and Mary Ann Gettler; and in laws: Phillip Straskowski, Francis Trybula, Walter Husting, Charles Gettler, Sylvester and Mutz Bloczynski, Leona and Ollie Weis, Lawrence and Loretta Bloczynski, Raymond and Glendine Bloczynski, Duke Knauf, and Thomas Bloczynski. 

Owen Bloczynski, her great-grandson, is now safe in her loving arms. 

She will always be remembered for her kind and generous heart, her quiet sense of humor, and her dignified manner.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Marshfield Clinic Heart Research, Sacred heart Catholic Church, American Lung Association, or House of the Dove. 

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In Memory: 

A Nurse’s Prayer 

Give me strength and wisdom,


When others need my touch;


A soothing word to speak to them,


Their hearts yearn for so much. 

Give me joy and laughter,


To lift a weary soul


Pour in me compassion,


To make the broken whole. 

Give me gentle healing hands,


For those left in my care;


A blessing to those who need me,


This is a Nurse’s Prayer. 

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