Marie Frances Blasi

Marie Frances Blasi, age 74 of Kenosha passed away on November 23rd, 2020 at Froedtert South Kenosha Hospital. Born on September 12th, 1946 in Kenosha, WI, she was the daughter of the late Francis R. Johnston and Doris (Funk) Johnston. Educated in Kenosha, she attended St. Thomas and St. Mary grade schools, graduated from St. Joseph High School and Accredited School of Beauty Culture in Racine, WI. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard Blasi in Kenosha on November 26th, 1966 at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Marie and Rick were a solid team all of their married lives. They supported each other and worked hard to provide a loving home for their family. Marie worked as a hairdresser for many years before retiring to raise her family. She later worked with her husband in the family business, Chromium, Inc in Racine, WI. She was an original member of the Shoreliners Drum and Bugle Corps in the color guard unit. Marie was a devoted wife, mother, and a proud grandmother. Her family always came first. She was selfless, loving, helpful, and kind. She traveled extensively around the world with her husband and family members, always enjoying a new adventure. She loved being a homemaker and her home reflected her presence. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, decorating, golfing, music, dancing, holiday traditions and was a Green Bay Packers fan.

She is survived by her husband Richard, daughters Stephanie (Steve) Lucas and Andrea (Thomas) Powers, her five beautiful and beloved grandchildren, Riley, Tyler, Lauren, Cole and Paige, two sisters, Patricia (Richard) Nygro of Racine, WI and Norma Tyler of Union Grove, WI and her Aunt, Georgia Pillizzi of Racine who was like a sister to her. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Gregory Johnston, paternal grandparents, Martin Johnston, and Clara (Michaud) Johnston Wierschem, her maternal grandparents, George and Helga (Petersen) Funk.

According to Marie’s wishes, funeral services will be private. The family would like to thank the staff at Froedtert South for their loving care and compassion as well as Dr. Lenny Montemurro.

September 12th, 1946 – November 23rd, 2020

“I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning… to the end. He noted that first came her date of birth and then spoke of the following date with tears. But he said what matter most of all was the DASH between those years. For the DASH represents all of the time that she spent alive on Earth… and now only those who loved her know what that little dash is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars, the homes, the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our DASH.”

Thoughts for Marie Frances Blasi;

  • Christine Gill says:

    Love you, Aunty. You will be in my heart, thoughts, memories, and prayers always.
    With love to our family and friends left behind,
    Chris and Jim ❤️

  • Love you Auntie Marie. I will always cherish the memories of summers spent at yours and Uncle Ricks house. You will be very missed. Thank you for always being a fantastic auntie. We love you. ❤️

  • Jaime Kristof says:

    All those summers I got to spend with you, Uncle Rick, and the girls for a week at a time. You’ll never know how much those meant to me, especially during stressful times in my own family. You always made me feel so loved, and you were so beautiful. The epitome of selflessness and devoted care to Uncle Rick, and he, you. We will miss you terribly, and remember you forever. Mike, Jaime, and Spencer

  • Roberta Young says:

    You always gave the best hugs. You were a wonderful and loving Aunt, and you will be missed. So much love to Uncle Rick, Steph and Andrea. Until we meet again in paradise, please watch over us here.💕Love you Roberta

  • Claire Slattery says:

    Oh second mamma, I will always have so many great memories of you and the times we spent together since Andrea and I were little kids! We gave you a good run when we were young, especially Stephanie, when we all got together (Acapulco balloon drops). 🙂 You were such a beautiful woman inside and out. Love you forever Aunt Bunny! XOXO

  • Mike Laudonio says:

    Rick, So sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife. Cherish the memories of your time together. May she Rest In Peace and watch over you.

  • Lindsay Edwards says:

    Sending our love and prayers to Andrea and her whole family during this very difficult time! What a beautiful family she raised!

  • My beautiful friend, Marie. Our fun times at Pets golfing and enjoying our Fridays when the girls were in school. My heart aches for your girls and Rick. God bless.

  • Janel Seliga-Wamboldt says:

    Andrea & family,
    My heart broke when I heard. I know your mom was an absolutely beautiful, wonderful woman. Your life as a mom is a beautiful reflection of her. I pray for peace and comfort for you all. I am so very sorry.
    With love,
    Janel Seliga-Wamboldt

  • Linda Wickline says:

    It was so nice getting to know Marie & her family when we were neighbors
    some years ago !!!! She was a very loving & caring person. She will be missed by all the people that knew
    her !!!!

  • Terry Andrews says:

    I am so sad and sorry that Marie will not visit with us at class of ‘64. She was a beautiful person. It was great being with her in high school then teaching her daughter and son-in-law.
    I’m sure Marie is looking down on us from heaven with love. Dear family, my prayers are with you during these sad days.

  • Rick, so sorry for your loss. Our memories, however, have not changed. We have talked about you, Marie, and the girls a number of times. Even though it has been over 30 years, you have not been out of mind. We have had fun watching the girls grow, and Jean is on Facebook watching Andrea’s children.
    Your family has always been top notch. Thanks for the important part you and Marie have played in our lives. We will continue to cherish our memories.

    • Thank you for your kind words. Enjoyed growing up close to your family and babysitting Emily and John. Andrea showed me a picture of your granddaughter at Marquette and she is stunning like her mother💞
      God Bless…Steph

  • Jenny (Huber) Kahle says:

    Marie was an amazing and kind soul and I have so many fond memories of her! I remember lots of fun times and microwave popcorn. Heaven gained another angel! You will be greatly missed Marie! ❤️🙏🏻

  • Donna Russo Ellefson says:

    My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Rick and family. Marie was the sweetest friend anyone could ever have. I knew right away when I met her in 9th grade at St Joe’s we would be good friends. We had a lot of fun singing in a band with Marilyn Rhey and just hanging out around town. Then time passed and we reconnected just a short time ago and it was just like old times being with her again. I am so sad and will miss her so much. I know she’s in a good place now where God made a place for her. Love ya girlfriend

  • Marilyn Rhey Meldahl says:

    My heart aches and the pain will take a long time to go away for me. Marie was my best friend from the time we were growing up in the old neighborhood. We were always together through grade school and high school. Sat on the curbs at night during the summer and talked for hours. Sang together in bands which I never would have done without your prodding. Was your Maid of Honor in your wedding and were together always. I will miss our times at the Cinema and our long talks on the phone. Good Bye, Marie . I can’t imagine my life without you and your sense of humor. No one could make me laugh harder than you could..
    I will always remember you saying to me “The glass is half full, Marilyn. The glass is half full”. I love you Marie. And I am devastated at losing you. A part of you will always be with me my good friend.
    And May the good lord grant Rick and the girls the strength to face life without you. I know it will be difficult for me.

    • Patricia Bernacchi-Oldani says:

      Marilyn,
      Praying also for you and hoping the pain you are suffering will lessen with time. You not only lost your lifelong/best friend but, also a part of yourself which
      went with Marie. There will always be an emptiness that stays with you forever.
      It will just get easier to deal with as time goes on. Peace be with you Marilyn! 🙏

  • Aunt Marie I remember when I was a young girl and Uncle Rick and you first started dating, I thought you were so beautiful and I wanted to grow up and be like you. You were always kind to me, and as I faced many difficulties through out my life you were like the older sister I never had, you listened gave advice and you cared. You loved me and you were my favorite aunt I will never forget how good you were to Tiffany, every summer you invited her up to spend time with your family and treated her like your own. She cherished those trip and our three girls will always be close and even though we lived far away you always made us feel like we were a part of the family. I remember our trips together, always fun laughing and enjoying the precious time we spent making memories. You were a amazing wife and mother, and Uncle Rick’s rock. My heart is breaking for Stephanie Andrea and especially Uncle Rick I know he is lost without you. May you rest in Gods embrace and May God give peace and comfort to Uncle Rick, Andrea and Stephanie. You will always be in my heart. Love you and thank you Aunt Marie until we meet again.

  • Sandra Mercier says:

    Oh Marie, thank God for our memories. Ours started in high school, I thought you were the coolest, you were pretty, you were kind and had a great sense of humor. I remembered us all piled in a car to go downtown to scoop the loop, we did something different that nite, we parked the car and we all got out and stood on the corner with our thumbs hooked in our pants, all the cars were going by blaring their music and honking their horns. We just laughed and carried on. I remember going to the bar, watching you, Donna and Marilyn sing with the band, heartbroken because I couldn’t carry a tune to do it to. I remember Rick picking you up from school and you getting into the car and scooting over so you could be next to him. Such great fun memories. Then we all graduated and pretty much everyone went different ways, some married others moved. I had to go to Kenosha last year because my sister was so sick.then we all connected again, in fact I spent my birthday with you, Jo Ann ,Donna and Kathy, what a great feeling that was even tho you and I broke a couple of Jos wine glasses. We stayed in touch ever since, I treasure my memories and I treasure my friendship with you. My condolences to Rick and the rest of your family, I’m sure you left a great void in their lives, they were so lucky, you were a great wife, mother , grandmother and I am so sad to see you leave . I will miss you my friend

  • Dear Aunt Marie,
    I remember when I was a little girl how much I looked up to you and Uncle Rick. You were so beautiful and kind and uncle Rick was the cool uncle. I’ll never forget how honored and thrilled I was to be your flower girl in your wedding. You made me feel so special on your special day! My heart breaks for Uncle Rick, Steph, and Andrea. Heartfelt condolences, prayers, and love to you all. I hope your cherished memories will give you comfort and peace in time. Love you all!

  • Our deepest condolences to the entire Blasi family. We were deeply saddened upon learning of Marie’s passing. She was beautiful and very friendly. We will miss her.

  • Anna Sepanski says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Marie’s passing!
    she was one of my classmates at St. Joes high school
    Our Sympathy is with you Rick and your Family!
    Ray and Anna Sepanski

  • Rick,
    My sympathies for the loss of your wife. Cherish the fond memories of your time together. May she Rest In Peace and watch over you.

  • Bob and Pat Oldani says:

    Rick and family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beautiful wife and mother. Marie was so kind and full of life. She accepted everyone who came into her life with out judgement. The Angel’s in Heaven are singing praises of glory as another beautiful Angel has joined them. May God give you all strength, to carry on, through this most difficult time.

  • Marie you were a!ways my favorite sister in law. You were beautiful inside a d outside. A d I loved you. I appreciate all you did for my family. I wish we had lived closer and had had more time together. I have wonderful .memories of time we shared. You will be missed by everyone
    My heart breaks for Rick he loved you so much. My heart breaks for your daughters and families.
    You are with the angels. You will always be remembered with love

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