I found out at Beth & Tom’s annual Fish Fry this weekend that our Aunt Blanche passed away recently! We knew she wasn’t doing well the past few years, but it’s still very sad to find out she passed away. But we found out too late to even send our condolences. 🙁
Blanche was my mom’s sister. When I grew up, she lived in Waukesha, Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee. Her husband was Loren, and they had three children: Bruce, Larry and Brenda. Larry is about my age, Bruce is older. I remember our family taking frequent vacations and weekend trips to Waukesha and we’d stay at Blanche and Loren’s house. We’d also always attend the annual Smith Family Reunions with them as I grew up. It was always a great time, and I remember them fondly.
From what I can recall, Blanche was one of four sisters. Here’s a photo of Blanche taken at my sister Penny’s house just before Christmas of 2000. It was Betty, Charlene, Blanche and Donna (my mother). I believe they grew up in Modesto, California, daughters of Joe Smith, owner of the Little Buckaroo Ranch, which was located at 2419 Kansas Avenue, Modesto, California. Think I memorized that address? Yeah, right. Nah, I found this photo of my mom and dad.
Sandy was able to find her obituary on the web though, so here it is:
Blanche (Smith) Fifer was born March 12, 1936, in Mason City to Joseph Smith and Glennie Looker Smith. She attended school in Kenosha, Wis. as well as Newton and graduated from Modesto High School in Modesto, Calif. in 1954. Blanche married Loren D. Fifer on Feb. 26, 1954, in Modesto. She was a retired bookkeeper, having worked mostly in petroleum related businesses in Wisconsin. She and her husband made many job related moves to various states. However, Wisconsin was their home for 36 years, 31 of those spent in Waukesha. She died Aug. 17, 2014. Blanche maintained as normal of a life as possible for many years after being diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis and will be deeply missed.
Lastly, here’s an album of all of the photos I could find of, and related to, Blanche Fifer. May she rest in peace.