Obituary of Carol Blazek, mother of Fr. William Blazek

Jun 19, 2018 | News

We ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of Carol V. Blazek, the mother of Father William Blazek SJ, our regional director.

Carol Voss Blazek, fortified by the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church,  died peacefully at the Gilbert Residence in Ypsilanti Michigan on Friday, June 15, 2018, at the age of 82 years. Born to Mildred and William Voss on December 29, 1935, Carol attended Saint Anthony Elementary School and Cathedral High School in Milwaukee.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Marquette University where she met Bill Blazek, her adoring husband of 57 years. She was an active parishioner wherever they lived; Our Lady of the Brook parish in Northbrook, Illinois, St. Francis by the Sea in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and finally St. John the Baptist in Ypsilanti.  In addition to teaching elementary school, throughout her life she volunteered and led various organizations some of which include: PTA President, Chicago Architectural Society Docent and Volunteers in Medicine Aid.

Carol was a person of extraordinary strength, compassion and grace –always up for a lot of fun!  Each person who crossed her path was touched by her genuine kindness and generosity.  She had an even greater and more profound impact on family and longtime friends.   

Carol is survived her children: Mary Blazek Buckingham, Ann Edgeworth, William Blazek, John Blazek, grandchildren: Bill, Dan and Carolyn Buckingham, Joe, Bridget and Mary Edgeworth, brother-in-law Arthur Weiss, sister-in-law Julie Voss Gundrum, many nieces and nephews and fond friends.

In Michigan, visitation will be held at the Stark Funeral Home in Ypsilanti on Monday, June 18, 2018, from 4PM until the 7PM with closing prayers at 6:30. In Illinois, visitation will be held at the Divine Infant Parish in Westchester on Wednesday, June 20 at 9:00 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM, Rev Wm Blazek SJ presiding. Interment at Queen of Heaven, Hillsdale.

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