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.