Obituary: Blanche BaumgardBlanche Ruth (Cooper) Baumgard was born July 25th, 1926, in Worthington, MN, the daughter of Earl and Elsie (Friesner) Cooper.
Blanche Ruth (Cooper) Baumgard was born July 25th, 1926, in Worthington, MN, the daughter of Earl and Elsie (Friesner) Cooper. At the age of 4, she was diagnosed with polio. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1945 and worked as a telephone operator for 37 years. Blanche was united in marriage to Arnold “Bud” Baumgard on October 15th, 1952, in Fulda, MN, and they made their home in Worthington. They were blessed with the birth of a son, Patrick, on November 17th, 1968. She became a widow in 1973. In 1994, she moved to Mankato MN then later to Buffalo MN. She had a brother, Leo Cooper; half brothers, Don Vanderhoff and Cecil Cooper; half sisters, Helen Johnson and Evelyn Huls. Blanche was a caring mother, grandmother and friend to many. She enjoyed playing cards, shopping and dining out with family and friends. During her time at Lake Ridge, Blanche enjoyed playing bingo and visiting with the caring staff. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Blanche passed away peacefully on Monday, June 18th, at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Elsie; her spouse, Arnold “Bud” Baumgard; brother, Leo Cooper; half brothers, Donald (Eva) Vanderhoff and Cecil Cooper; half sisters, Helen Johnson, Evelyn Huls.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Jodi (Vlasak) Baumgard; grandchildren, Andrew and Anna; sister-in-law, Lucille Taylor; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21st, at Benson Funeral Home in Worthington. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by the Benson Funeral Home.
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