In memory of

Jean Blass

April 17, 1922 - November 15, 2020
From: Early, IA
Jean Blass

Jean Blass

Born: April 17, 1922
Died: November 15, 2020
Age: 98
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   (Emily) Jean Blass, age 98 ½, of Early, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at her Fort Myers, Florida winter home.

   Jean was born April 17, 1922, in Correctionville, Iowa, to August and Lillian (McCormick) Peterson, and was baptized at Correctionville Methodist Church. Upon graduation from Cushing High School in 1940, she attended Nettleman College in Sioux City, Iowa, earning her Secretarial degree (in half the time!). Jean was Executive Assistant to Mr. Martin at T.S. Martin Company in Sioux City and treasured lunch dates with her Mother at the department store. She played tennis whenever she could (up to two times a day), and through a blind date set up by her roommate Margie Blass, met her future husband.

   After a short courtship, on April 1, 1950, Jean was united in marriage to George Robert Blass; to this union, four children were born: Christy, Chuck, Juli, and Lori. They lived on the family farm south of Early, which is where Jean lived independently until the age of 97 when she broke her hip.

   Everyone that encountered Jean, knew she was passionate about life. She played an integral role in the Early Methodist Church and UMW (United Methodist Women), and when Lori was ten, returned to a long career as Executive Assistant at McCorkle Construction Company in Sac City, Iowa. Her friends and family were very dear to her, and she truly adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jean was an avid bowler, a sharp player in many card clubs, and remained interested and active in the political scene. She also enjoyed traveling, wintering in her Fort Myers, Florida home, and really loved shopping - always finding the perfect accessories to wear with every outfit.

   Those thankful for having Jean in their life include daughters: Christy (Dick) Swenson of Lake View, IA; Juli Blass (Jim Lynum) of Fort Myers, FL; and Lori (Brian) Blass-Adams of Fort Myers, FL; grandchildren: Che and Sheryll Lynum of Phoenix, AZ; Barb and Cory Weber of Lake View, IA; Jenny and Jimmy Stock of Lake View, IA; Ashley and Ben Klatt of Carroll, IA; Erik Blass of Early, IA; Callie Corey of Denver, CO; and “adopted granddaughter”, April Lorenzen Peterson; great-grandchildren: Telana, Kai and Teo Lynum; Brayden Weber; Gunnar Stock; and Knox and Nora Klatt.  Other survivors include sister-in-law, Marjorie Blass of Denver, CO; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

   Jean was preceded in death by her beloved parents; brothers; sisters; husband George; son Chuck; parents-in-law; sisters and brothers-in-law.   



Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 8:35 PM
“Have known your Mom long time. Have pics of Your Dad, Helen Bettin and myself celebrating our Aug 22 birthdays. Remember seeing your Mom in Carolines Closet and she always loved clothes and wore them well. She always knew me and think last time I saw her was with you girls at now Docketts. Thinking of all of you and keeping you in our prayers. Know its hard to say good bye to our mother. Mary Ellen (Wunschel )Hatch & Don Hatch”
- Mary Ellen Hatch
Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:38 AM
“girls sorry to hear of moms lost ,lot of memories of younger years,the parents group is about all gone,dad pasted oct 2nd,our thoughts and prayers go out to you”
- jon and denise page
Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 5:41 PM
“I remember your Mom as always smiling.......she packed alot of personality in that petite body of hers! What a go-getter she was....full of life and shared it with all she encountered. What a wonderful and full life....God Bless Jean.”
- Pegi DeGarmo Cavanaugh
Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 5:41 PM
“We're so sorry to hear that Jean has passed away. Her passion for life and sharp sense of humor plus that beautiful smile of hers made it a pleasure to meet her and get to know her. She will certainly be sorely missed by everyone who ever met her, be it in Fort Myers or in Iowa. Our most sincerely condolences and sympathy to the entire Blass family.”
- Sandie and Uwe
Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 10:37 AM
“So sorry to hear about your mom...she was always a classy lady! I'm sure she was until the have my sympathies.”
- Julie (McConnell) Bloyer
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