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Janice M. Blake, of Mora and Quamba, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2022 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora.  She was 91 years old.

A PRIVATE SERVICE will be held at the Henriette Cemetery.

MEMORIALS are preferred to the Kanabec History Center and the Quamba Baptist Church.

Janice Blake of Mora, formerly of Quamba, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2022 at St. Clare Living Community of Mora. She was 91 years old.

Born to Carl and Hattie (Olson) Johnson on January 21, 1931 at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, she was the youngest of their three children. She grew up in Quamba where she attended grade school. Janice graduated from Mora High School in 1948. She was united in marriage to Milton Blake of Henriette. They had three daughters and a son; Lynell, Lenore, Nancy and Brad.

Janice enjoyed growing up in Quamba in the home behind her father’s auto and feed business, where he also served as postmaster. As a child in a small town, there was always someone to play with. She enjoyed hopscotch, jumping rope and swimming or ice skating on Quamba Lake.

She was a great support to her husband, Milton when he started their business, “Blake’s Fox Run” from 1988-1996. Blake’s Fox Run provided a place for sportsmen to bring their foxhounds for a day of hunting competition. Janice and Milton enjoyed meeting many new friends through this venture.

She treasured telling stories about her hometown of Quamba and of her family. She was the unofficial family historian, keeping photos of the past with carefully written notations of names and dates.

She was a loyal letter writer. Over the years, Janice wrote numerous encouraging notes to family and friends, often including a photo that would be meaningful to the recipient.

Janice demonstrated her love to her grandchildren by delighting in their play but always making sure safety came first. She often served them Swedish pancakes, homemade banana bread and Swedish thin bread. “Grandma B”, as she was lovingly called by her great-grandkids, would always have a popsicle or ice cream treat ready when they came to visit. Her dedication to her family showed through in countless ways, both large and small, making each member know they were loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milton; infant daughter, Lenore; daughter, Lynell (Fred) Carlson; brother, Lowell (Frances) Johnson; sister, LaVonne (Harold) Radeke.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Evans (Tom) Bloyer, and son, Brad (Sheri) Blake; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Sara (Mitch) Nelson, Leah (Ken) Spieler, Josh (Serena) Carlson, Anna (Joshua) Kasprzak, Jenna (Jeff) Holmseth, Keri (Josh) Bloyer, Kenny (Erica) Blake, and Kirsten (Mike) Faurie; 22 great grandchildren, and sister-in-law Frances Taylor.

6 thoughts on “JANICE M. BLAKE”

  1. My sincere sympathy to your family. I enjoyed talking with your mom when I delivered meal on wheels to the apartments, there was never enough time for questions when the other meals were getting cold! Quamba folks that what we are and all the fold memories.
    Sharon Lidstrom

  2. Brad, Nancy and families. Sorry for your loss! Your Mom was one of the Quamba moms who looked after kids in the neighborhood. She encouraged you and scolded you as needed. She will be missed. Mike Schultz

  3. Sincere condolences to you Brad and Nancy for your loss of your M0ther. May the memories of your heart give and the caring of friends give you comfort in times like this.

  4. Thinking of you Brad & Sheri with Sincere Sympathy. May all the precious memories shared with family and friends give you comfort.

  5. Nancy, Brad and families,
    So sorry for the loss of your mom and grandmother. May you find comfort in your faith and the many memories you made together.
    God’s Blessings, Gary and Kerry Gauffin

  6. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Blake family, for the loss of your sweet mom. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    In Christ,
    Mary & Tim Doyle

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