Frances Blenman, “A Beautiful Life”
The family of Frances Blenman wrote this obituary for their mother and friend. who passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the David Simpson Hospice House, after a wonderful and blessed 103 years.
She was born in Sheffield on August 22, 1916 to Charles and Nettie Ruland Weaver, Frances was a 1934 graduate of Kingsville High School. She married the love of her life, the late Howard R. Blenman on June 4, 1938 in Jefferson on her parents 25th anniversary. They were blessed with 62 wonderful years until his passing on November 4, 2000.
She was employed for five years with the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in Jefferson. After having children, she became an Avon Representative in Kingsville for 21 years.
Frances was a member of the Kingsville Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School for over 30 years and was also a Deacon, elder, and member of the Women’s Association. In addition, she was a charter member and officer of the Kingsville Fireman’s Auxiliary, member of the 55 and Much Alive Club and an 85-year member of the Sheffield Grange.
She loved bowling, golf, watching the Cleveland Indians and spending time with her family.
Frances is preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband, Howard R. Blenman; brothers, Gerald and Ralph Weaver; sister Dorothy Powell, sons-in-law, Richard Talso and John Fedor; and a daughter-in-law Sandra Blenman.
She is survived by her daughters, Judith Talso of Kingsville and Ruth Fedor of Troy, Michigan; a son, David Blenman of Kingsville; grandchildren, Tim Talso, Rebecca Taylor, Scott (Monica) Fedor; Shareen (Dan) DiGasbarro, Penny (Richard) Korb and Jason Blenman; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
Ashtabula Star Beacon, Saturday, February 22, 2020
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Calling hours were held from 4-7 pm. at the Thompson-Smith-Nesbitt Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Conneaut.
Monday, February 24, 2020
An additional hour of calling was held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Monday.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. at the Kingsville Presbyterian Church, 3056 W. Main Street (Route 84) Kingsville, Pastor Bill Daywalt, officiating.
An unusually warm February day lurked outside of the church walls and seeped in through the doors, which were opened countless times to admit the many people who came to pay tribute to Frances Blenman. Her children and extended family and friends spoke of her love of Jesus and the people in her life and her impact on the lives of the people she touched with her warmth and Christian love.
Pastor Bill Daywalt reminisced about growing up in the same neighborhood as Frances, and how blessed he felt to have her influence in his life and in the Kingsville Presbyterian Church they both attended.
Frances wrote a memoir about growing up during the Depression that her daughter found in her things and read to her family and friends during her funeral service Frances described the brick wall realities of hungry people, and people, including her family, no longer able to afford their homes and having to make other living arrangements. She talked about having to adjust to transferring from an urban school to a country school and how it changed her life. Frances and her generation survived the hardships of the Depression, but Frances not only survived, she kept her faith and her optimism. She concluded her story about being forced to transfer schools by saying that she made a lot of new friends so the transfer turned out to be a blessing.
Frances Blenman’s legacy of Christian faith and love for others flowed powerfully through the church and provided strength for others to reach out and touch for comfort and hope of the heaven that is her new home.