b. gOBEL webBlanche Gobel, of McGrath, MN, formerly of Ogilvie, died suddenly at her home on Sunday, Sept. 26th. She was 74 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be at 9:30 AM on Friday, Oct. 1st at Zion Lutheran Church in McGrath, MN

VISITATION will be from 5:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, Sept. 30 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, plus 1/2 hr. prior to the service on Friday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at the MN State Veterans Cemetery/Fort Ripley in Little Falls, MN

Blanche Elizabeth Gobel (Mielke) born July 19, 1936 in Minneapolis to Erwin P. & Mildred (Hansen) Mielke. She was united in marriage to James Gobel in 1954, they raised 5 children together on their farm in Ogilvie, MN. She worked 20 years as a dedicated employee at EPC in Mora, MN. She retired with her husband in McGrath, MN. Blanche had various hobbies; she enjoyed quilting, baking, flower & vegetable gardening. She had a passion for fishing and garage-saling. She was very active in every aspect of her life and lived to love others whole-heartedly bringing joy to all those who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother Ed Meilke; grandchildren Michael Ripka and Betty Jo Taylor.

She is survived by her husband Jim; children Jody Taylor (Larry), Stan (Caren) Gobel, Susie Troswick (Brian), Bonnie Freeman (Mike), Andy (Lisa)Gobel; 14 grandchildren and extended grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and extended great-grandchildren; siblings, Gloria (Paul) Wheeler, Jane (John) St. George, Richard (Marline) Mielke, Jim (Cyndie) Mielke, half-brother Theodore, half-sister Juliana, many nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed by all those whose lives were forever changed by knowing her joyful spirit.

Funeral service was held on Friday, October 1st at Zion Lutheran Church in McGrath. Rev. Jim Parks officiated. Pallbearers were Mike Moss, Bob Espinoza, Chad Taylor, Josh Carey, Paul Wieler, Ross Gobel, Riley Troswick, Bruce Gobel and Brandon Palmer. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Ripley, Little Falls, MN.

17 guestbook entries for BLANCHE GOBEL

  1. Tim & Darcy September 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm #



  2. Kim and Kurt Troswick & Family September 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    I am so so sorry for the loss of Blanche. She was the best chicken Grandma. I think she was beautiful, warm, carring, loving person. I know everyone that new Blanche loved her. She will be dearly missed.

  3. Bill Johnson September 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Blanche.She was a great person.

  4. DIANNE MILLER September 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm #


  5. LMK September 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    I worked with Blanche many years ago at EPC in Mora. She was always a very friendly lady and well-liked by all. She will surely be missed by all who knew her. My condolences to your family. Blanche will truly be missed.

  6. Jim and Jennifer Hale September 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    Blanche will be dearly missed. I will never forget her singing and laughing with my mom. She always made everybody smile.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Cindy Marron (Jay Vangstad) September 28, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Our deepest sympathy for the whole family. We will miss her.

  8. Tony Tysk September 28, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    I was very sorry to hear that aunt Blanche passes Sunday morning. Words are missing during times like this and I am so sorry for great loss.
    I will always remember her laugh, her way to see something funny or humorous in almost anything, and her warmth.
    I always loved going to see her and Jim and my cousins when I was young, and picking up right where we left off as I got older. She definitely had the gift of hospitality and kindness.
    Please accept our condolences and know that we share in your grief– she was a wonderful lady and the best aunt someone could ever ask for.

  9. Jane Peterman September 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    We are very sorry for the loss of Granny. She was such a cheerful; happy go lucky lady and will be missed by all
    Our condolences to you all
    Janie & Wes Peterman

  10. Pat and Clayt Troswick September 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Our Deepest Sympathy to Jim and the family. Blanche is a lady full of laughter, deeply caring and had a beautiful smile. We will miss her.

  11. Dave & Michelle Stemig September 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayer are with you all. Blanche will always be in our hearts, she was a wonderful, sweet fun-loving and caring woman. We will miss her dearly-“CLINK-EM- TINA”

  12. Joni (Mielke) Putnam September 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    I was truly blessed to have Blanche as one of my Aunts. I will forever hold the comfort of her smile and kindness in my heart.

  13. The Hunt Family September 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Our prayers and sympathy go out to Jim and his family.
    We loved Blanche and she was truly at the top of the list of favorite people.
    She always had a smile and that will be truly missed.

  14. Lane Lucht September 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    Though I left Sheller-Globe EPC in 1986, I remember Blanche with fondness. She was a wonderful, fun woman to work with. My sympathies and thoughts are with her family.

  15. Cindy Holm September 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Blanche’s family. I worked with Blanche at EPC and she was a special lady.

    Cindy Holm

  16. Alayne Swedeen October 1, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    I met Blanche when I worked at EPC. She was so fun to work with! She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  17. Ted Coggeshall March 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    I miss my big sister. She never treated me like a half brother and she always called me Teddy. I spent some weekends on her farm and I’ll never forget how everyone treated me so well. I felt like I was part of the family. My wife Sue feels the same way. She loved her as well as me and my children and would have loved to have met my youngest daughter. Blanche was truly a blessing.

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