FERN LEWELLYN BLOCK

Fern L.  Block, of Mora, died Monday,  December 5, 2011 at Heritage of Foley Health Care Center in Foley, MN. She was 98 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2011 at Mora United Methodist Church with Rev. Mary Buckley officiating.

VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Fern Lewellyn Block  was born June 27, 1913 in Clarion, Iowa to George and Ethel (Dawson) Lewellyn. At the age of three, her parents and her three older brothers moved to a farm in Wimbledon, ND.  In 1918, her father died in the flu epidemic, leaving a wife and five children, ages 2 1/2 to 16. The family stayed on the farm in Wimbledon, where Fern graduated from High School. She attended normal school in Valley City, ND and subsequently taught country school in that area.

In 1932, she married LeRoy Braasch. Two children were born to this union. In 1937, the family moved to a farm in Ogilvie, MN. Fern taught at various local country schools during the early years of WW II. In 1948, she moved to St. Paul, MN and was employed by the Great Northern RR. She worked for the railroad for 35 years, the last years as head of the payroll department.

In August 1969, she married John C. Block who passed away in May 1977. After her retirement in 1978, Fern traveled to many interesting places. She enjoyed sightseeing and new experiences.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents; husband John; four brothers Leo, Max, Merle and Albert Lewellyn; one grandchild; Lanny L. Braasch.

Fern is survived by her children Betty L. White, Mora, MN,  Lanny L. Braasch (Gloria) Jamestown, ND; stepson Delbert Block (Judy) Menomonie, WI; grandchildren: Roxanne Santele’ (Pierre), Rebecca Braasch-Koski (Kevin), Cathy Diesem, Tracey Peterson (Ted), Jack White (Kate), Kelly White;
eight great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

4 guestbook entries for FERN LEWELLYN BLOCK

  1. Catherine F. Diesem December 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    We loved you dearly our sweet Nana-your’e one special lady-smart and strong till the end. Hope you joined my mother & your mother and my brother and your’e riding horses and having a grand old time. You will be missed by all of us.

  2. Mary White Japel December 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Yes, Nana was one classy lady, always wearing her high heels, lipstick and beautiful nails. We celebrated many b’days together -I am thinking with a Manhattan.
    Our sympathy, love and prayers,
    Marvin and Mary

  3. Amy Schifsky December 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Sorry to hear of Fern’s passing. I use to set Fern’s hair for a few years. I really enjoyed her stories of her childhood. How she admired her Mother, and her stories of when she worked for the railroad. She was a beautiful lady full of style. I will always admire her! My condolences to her family. She will be missed.

  4. Beth Lewellyn Thune December 11, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    So very sorry to hear about the passing of Great Aunt Fern. I always remember her as being very classy and smart. I liked it when she was in VC visiting my Grandpa Albert and we would get to see her. Good memories. Peace & prayers.

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