DOLORES BLESI

Dolores Blesi, of Mora, died Monday, February 20, 2012 at the Eastwood Care Center in Mora. She was 78 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Rev. Mike Herzog officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel in Mora and one hour prior to service on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Kanabec County Hospice.

Dolores Ann Blesi (nee Matuszak Mason), of Mora, died on Monday, February 20, 2012 at the age of 78. 

Dolores was born on April 18, 1933 in Alton, Illinois to Henry Albert (Matuszak) Mason and Lena Mellema Mason.  Her first home was a dredging boat that her parents were working on.  They worked their way upriver and settled in Minneapolis when she was still a baby.  Her childhood was spent there until after WWII.  In 1946, at the age of 13, she moved with her family to a farm north of Anoka.  She was active in 4-H winning awards for leadership and a trip to the State Fair for her homemaking skills in dressmaking, canning and bread baking.  After making the adjustment from city to country living she learned to love the country and remained a country girl at heart until her death. 

She went to work for Northwestern Bell after graduating from high school in 1950.  She married Don Chamberlain in October 1950 and to this union five children were born.  In 1964 she married Elwood “Bud” Blesi and they had two girls.  Bud had four children already and that added up to a large blended family of eleven.  Bud was a barber and also farmed.  Dolores canned 1200 quarts of homegrown and picked produce every year.  She baked all her own bread (no bread machines then), made butter from their own cow’s milk and did a lot of sewing.  After NW Bell closed their office in Pine City, she drove school bus for 15 years (from 1971-86) for the Mora School District.  She then decided to go to college to achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.  She completed her 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in 3 years, graduating Magna Cum Laude from St. Cloud State in 1986.  She returned to the Mora School District as a Special Ed teacher and retired in 1995.  After that she became interest in genealogy and with Bud’s help she spent years researching her Dutch and Polish ancestry. 

Dolores was preceded in death her parents; stepson Elwood Blesi Jr; and son-in-law Gabe Tappe.

She is survived by her husband Elwood “Bud” Sr. of Mora; sons Steve Chamberlain of St. Cloud, Michael Chamberlain of Anoka, Brian (Deb) Chamberlain of Vadnais Heights, Mark (Brenda) Chamberlain of Abilene, KS; daughters Carol Dmytryszyn of St. Cloud, Roberta (Brad) Sjodin of Mora, Fran Livgard of Red Wing; stepchildren Joan Tappe of Coupeville, WA, Paul (Tammi) Blesi of Minneapolis, Gail (David) Otten of Coupeville, WA; sister Henrietta Wenz of Minnetonka; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; special friends Delores and Everett Boyman; plus other loving friends and relatives.

A Memorial Service was held on Friday, February 24 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora.  Rev. Mike Herzog officiated.  Honorary pallbearers were Adam Dmytryszyn, Chad Dmytryszyn, Shawn Chamberlain, Dan Chamberlain, Keith Chamberlain, Benjamin Sjodin and Mason Livgard.  Inurnment was at Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham. 

9 guestbook entries for DOLORES BLESI

  1. Sheila Lane February 21, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    I was so sad to hear about the passing of Dolores. She was such a sweet person and friend. However she is with Jesus now and I hope that offers some peace. My prayers are with you Bud and the girls. Both Dave and I will be keeping you in our thoughts.

  2. James Scheel February 22, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    Hello Bud and Family: i won’t be able to make it to the services due to prior commitments and also a cataract on my left eye so it impairs my driving a little.
    i will always remember the talks we had whenever we got together at some family doing. Dolores was always trying to get more information for her family tree book. I wish i could get a copy of the info to pass to my daughter. We will be keeping her in our prayers and wish you the deepest sympathy in your loss. Jim

  3. Kathy Ott February 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    My thoughts are with you and your family.
    The Scheel clan, though it may be spread out,
    are still a close family.
    I am Bill and Katherine’s daughter from Wisconsin
    Dells.

  4. Alexandra Dmytryszyn February 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I’m so sorry Grandpa. Words can’t express how sad I am for the family, Grandma’s loss will be felt by so many. I thank God for the time I have had with her and grieve for the time I’ve missed and cannot have. My memories are happy and filled with love and I’m so glad for them and the comfort they give me, and hope you all will find happy memories to comfort you as well. I know Grandma is in a better place, and although in grief that may seem a small consolation, I’m glad to know it. I miss you all each and every day and I love you with all my heart. Love Always, Allie

  5. HAROLD February 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DOLORES PASSING AWAY SHE WAS A WONDERFUL AND KIND PERSON AND WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY THOSE WHO NEW HER

  6. Robert Robinson February 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    Dear Carol and family, I am praying for you that the Lord will give you strength during this very difficult time. Please know that you are loved and cared about. God is with you and you are never alone.

    Peace and prayers to you always!

  7. Theresa Clark February 24, 2012 at 6:12 am #

    Bud and Roberta
    My prayers are with you during this time of loss to your family. God Bless

  8. Kim Krone-Barreno February 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Bud and family,
    My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you at this time, was very sorry to hear of Dolores passing, Many great memorys with all of you in the days of Brunswick! Was so great to get to spend time with all the great people of the Brunswick church a few years back. She has now joined many of the great woman of Brunswick Baptist Church! Love and Prayers to you all, Kim

  9. Matt Larson February 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Bud and family-
    We are thinking of you and want you to know we are here to help in anyway we can. Even shoveling snow!
    God bless,
    Matt & Andrea @ Edward Jones

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