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.   

Tribute Video
Celebration of Life
10:00 a.m., Monday
July 5, 2021
United Methodist Church
Early, Iowa
Pastor Nancy Peterson
Early Union Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:48 AM
“I extend my sympathy to the Blass family after learning recently of the death of Jean. Watching the video tribute to your mother brought back memories of Jean's vibrant personality. I appreciate that she and her husband George were kind and caring friends of my parents, Luther and Jessie Stock. May Jean's love sustain you in the days ahead.”
- Rachel Stock Christensen
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:07 PM
“Dear Juli and family,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your dear Mom. She was a beautiful lady with a contagious laugh and smile.She will be greatly missed. May God bring you peace and comfort as you celebrate her life and cherish the memories. Mary and Tim Braithwaite ”
- Mary Braithwaite
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 2:59 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Jean was such a caring, lovely lady! She always had a beautiful smile that will never be forgotten! We will miss her so much!
She holds a special place in my heart ❤️”
- Mary Mentzer
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:34 AM
“We send our sympathy and prayers to Jean's family. She was such a special lady, she always came into church so enthusiastically, with a great big smile on her face. She would start by holding onto your hands for a bit, then it usually turned into a hug. Jean very often sat beside us at church services, and we enjoyed the short visit before services began, and usually a question or remark during the services. She always left us feeling better than she found us. I have missed her at church since she's been in Florida, but am thankful she could be with some of her family at this time of her life. She was a blessing and will be missed. May God hold all of you close and give you comfort. Butch and Betty”
- Betty J. Schmidt
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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