Blanche Carol Prusha, 96, of Marshalltown, entered into eternal life July 21, 2012 at Villa Del Sol Care Center in Marshalltown, with her family by her side, while under the care of Iowa River Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church. Visitation will be Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at the Church with a Vigil Service to begin at 7 p.m. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vogelfuneralhomes.com. Pursel Davis Funeral and Cremation Care is entrusted with the arrangements.
Blanche was born January 6, 1916, in Belle Plaine, IA, the daughter of William and Rose (Rebik) Ledvina. She graduated from Toledo High School in Toledo, IA in 1934. Blanche received her Teaching Certificate from State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA in 1934 and taught country school in Tama, Gladbrook and Chelsea, IA. On August 17, 1937, Blanche was united in marriage to Alan Prusha at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama, IA.
After owning and operating a Clover Leaf Farm grocery store with her husband in Chelsea, Blanche was also employed by Lynk's Hybrid Seed Corn, Mode-O-Day Dress Shop and The Fuller Brush Company. Blanche lived life to the fullest and enjoyed dancing, playing cards and bingo. She participated in The Kitchen Band and The Red Hats when living at The Embers. She was a Chicago Cubs fan and a member of The Catholic Order of Foresters. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church.
Blanche Carol Prusha
Blanche will be dearly missed by her children: Richard (Ethel) Prusha of Park Ridge, NJ, Regina (Mike) Petersohn, Carol Paxson and Mary (Mark) Mauk, all of Marshalltown.
She is survived by her grandchildren: Cindy (David) Schneider, Cathy (Jim) Jobson, Mark Prusha, Tim (Pam) Prusha, Laurie (Bruce) Laughton, Elizabeth (Mike) Connallon, Michelle (Joel) Chandler, Patrick (Jody) Petersohn, Chris Paxson, Trisha (John) Conley, Nicole (Matt) Kuhl, Katie (Andrew) Mott, Sarah (David) Winkler, and Mark's children, Matthew (Rachel Meyers) Mauk, Jonathan Mauk, Andrew Mauk and Sarah Mauk.
Her 24 great-grandchildren include: Steven, Sarah, Sam and Sandy Schneider; Jennifer and JJ Jobson; Jake and Tyler Prusha; Elena and Colby Laughton; Tony and Gina Chandler; Brady, Claire and Maria Petersohn; Hunter, Bailey and Christina Paxson; Ian and Natasha Conley; Rhyan, Landon and Jacob Kuhl; and Carolyn Mott.
Sister-in-law, Barbara Prusha, nephew, Mike (Theresa Prusha), nieces, Patty (Denny) Severson and Jan (Doug) Penney; cousins, Helen Stayskal, Ruth Thompson and Blanche's longtime companion and friend, Joe Kopel, also survive.
In eternal life, Blanche joins her parents, husband, Alan (1989), sister and brother-in-law, Alice (Clarence) Peska, grandson, Tony Petersohn, infant great-grandson, Scott Schneider, cousins, Polly Phipps and Mildred Dostal, and brother-in-law, Bob Prusha.
Memorials may be directed to Iowa River Hospice and The Senior Citizens' Center.