Blanche Dora May Stubbe, 92, of De Smet died on February 14, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Home. A visitation will be held on Friday, February 20 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in De Smet with Reverend James Truesdell officiating. Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Blanche was born on January 13, 1923 at a farmhouse south of De Smet to Hershal and Jenny (Samuel) Trewatha. Blanch moved to Forestburg as a small child. When she was four or five years old they moved again to Oldham and then Lake Preston. She attended school in Lake Preston and graduated from Lake Preston High School. After graduation from high school she worked as a telephone operator for Ma Bell in Lake Preston.
On December 2, 1945 she married Clarence Stubbe. After their marriage they lived on a farm north of De Smet until 2000 when they moved into De Smet. After Clarence’s death in 2007, Blanche moved into the Good Samaritan Home. She felt blessed there and loved the people and activities.
Blanche devoted over fifty years to the United Methodist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher, Superintendent of the Sunday School, taught lab schools, and held many other offices within the church. She also worked at the Lake Preston Manor as activity director, was a member of the extension club, and organized many short tours.
Blanche was a devoted homemaker who cherished her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was a great baker, loved to garden, and was a self-taught artist who liked to paint with oils.
She is survived by her son, Marlyn (Rita) Stubbe of Brandon, SD; her daughter, Madonna (John) Riley of Mobridge, SD; five grandchildren: Jennie (Al) Whitten of Parkersburg, WV, Todd (Morgan) Stubbe of Parkersburg, WV, Kara and Alissa Riley of Moorehead, MN, and Leah Riley of Eden Prairie, MN; two great-granddaughters, Emma Stubbe and Olivia Whitten; two step-grandchildren, Grant Gauer of Lincoln, ND and Tessa Gauer of Minneapolis, MN; along with many nieces and nephews.
Blanche was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Robert, along with several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Harvey Dunn Society, PO Box 271, De Smet, SD 57231, the Good Samaritan Nursing Home or Compassionate Care Hospice at 411 Calumet Avenue North, De Smet, SD 57231
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