Mary Ellyn Blank


WAUSEON -- Mary Ellyn Blank, 78, of Wauseon, Ohio, passed away in her home on Thursday, October 4, 2012, after a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by family and friends as she made her way to her eternal home in heaven.

Mrs. Blank was born on June 4, 1934, at home in Archbold, Ohio, to Richard and Mary Etta (Dominique) Lauber, now both deceased. She married Theodore Blank on June 16, 1956, who preceded her in death in March of 2009.

She graduated as a registered nurse from St. Vincent Medical School of Nursing in 1955. She worked for St. Vincent Hospital in the early 1960s. Mary Ellyn and Ted moved to Wauseon in 1965, and she was employed by Dr. R.K. Vogel in his private practice for over 20 years. She then started a career at the Fulton County Health Center in the stress unit and, prior to retirement, she finished her medical career in the utilization review department, completing 50 years in nursing.

Mrs. Blank was a member of St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon and a member of the Altar Rosary Society. She and her husband, Ted, served as CYO youth co-coordinators, on parish council, and on several Toledo Diocesan Committees and professional organizations throughout her lifetime. She was also a member of the Wauseon High School sports and music booster organizations, and a patron of the Fort Defiance Players Community Theatre.

Surviving are two sons, Jamie (Susi) Blank of Defiance, and Jeff (Kathy) Blank of Holland, Mich.; and a daughter, Jenny (Dale) Bates of Fayette. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Tony (Angie) Blank, Kris Blank, Lindsey (Joe) Metts, Tedd (Melanie) Blank, Bobby Blank, Mary Blank, Trisha (Brodie) Bates and Tiffany Bates; three great-grandsons, Anthony Blank Jr., Alexander Blank and Jackson Metts. Mary Ellyn is also survived by three brothers, Tom (Barb) Lauber of Naples, Fla., Ed (Bonnie) Lauber of Archbold, Robert (Bonnie) Lauber of Wauseon; and a sister, Pam (the late William) Chesnut of Spring, Texas.

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Father Robert Holden officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Caspar Cemetery. Visitation is on Sunday, October 7, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII room of St. Caspar Catholic Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon.

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