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.