HOWARD — Edna Elizabeth Blanchard, 97, died peacefully at home April 11, 2019.
She was born March 18, 1922, in Wooster to August and Nora (Fesler) Buchholz. She grew up on a potato farm and learned her life long ethic of hard work.
She graduated from Wooster High School in 1940. Following graduation, she attended Wooster Business College. She worked as a secretary at Wright Patterson Air Force Base during World War II, a couple of office jobs in Wooster following the war, and at Buckeye Aluminum until her marriage. On Oct. 21, 1950, she married William C. Blanchard at St. Mary’s in Wooster. They moved to Howard, where she began her life as a farm wife and mother.
Edna is survived by her children, Susan (Ted) Vitaro of Wooster, Linda (Charlie) Bratton of Danville, Donald (Louise) Blanchard, John (Alice) Blanchard, Sandy (Leonard) Mickley, and Ed (Monica) Blanchard all of Howard, Marlene (Peter) Yeldell of Columbus, and Rose (Pat) Sullivan of Byesville, 27 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, and brothers, John and Bernard Buchholz.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Leo and James Buchholz, and sisters, Agnes Buchholz, Lucy McCoy, Hilda Offineer, and Blanche Brazis.
Edna was an active member of the St. Luke Catholic Church, including the Parish Council of Catholic Women, as well as the National Farm Organization, and the Knox County Porkettes. She co-authored four family genealogy books, and was an avid quilter and gardener. She was a supportive farm wife, who along with her husband Bill, passed along a strong work ethic and a deep faith to their children.
Calling hours will be held from 1-4 Sunday afternoon at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville, and prior to the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 15, at the St. Luke Catholic Church, 307 N. Market St., Danville. Father Mark Hammond will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Luke Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the church, PO Box P Danville, 43014, or to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation at pkdcure.org, and 1001 E. 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO, 64131. Condolences can be shared at fischerfuneralhome.com.