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Opal Catherine Blozevich, 1901-1993

Daily Iowegian - 28 June 1993
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  Opal Catherine (McCoy) Blozevich, 91, lifelong resident of Appanoose County, died Sunday, June 27, 1993, at the Centerville Care Center.
  She was born Oct. 4, 1901, northeast of Exline, the daughter of John and Della (Hileman) McCoy.
  She married A. R. (Tony) Blozevich in Des Moines Sept. 4, 1920.
  Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Mallett and her husband, L. H. (Barney), of Centerville; two grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
  Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; her step-father, Charles Wendland; a brother, Grant McCoy; two sisters, Floss and Fern (McCoy) Dixon; a sister, Lucille (Wendland) Canalle.
  She attended Eureka Star School in the Sharon Chapel area. She spent her entire married life in the Jerome vicinity and moved to the Centerville Care Center in 1987. She was a long-time member of the Jerome United Methodist Church.
  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, 1993, at the Lange Funeral Home with Professor Larry Prosser officiating. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery. There will be a visitation tonight from 7 to 8 at the funeral home.
  A memorial has been established to the Jerome United Methodist Church and may be left at the funeral home.
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Daily Iowegian - 30 June 1993
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  Opal Catherine (McCoy) Blozevich, 91, lifelong resident of Appanoose County, died Sunday, June 27, 1993 at the Centerville Care Center.
  She was born Oct. 4, 1901, northeast of Exline, to John and Della (Hileman) McCoy. Her father died when she was three years old, and at her mother's marriage to Charles Wendland, the family moved to the Sharon Chapel area, where she grew to womanhood. During this time she attended Eureka and Star schools and Sharon Chapel Church.
  As a young woman she did domestic work for new mothers and this brought her to the Jerome vicinity and the home of Essie and Dave Loofbourrow.
  A. R. (Tony) Blozevich lived nearby and on Sept. 4, 1920, they were united in marriage at Des Moines, Iowa. One daughter, Catherine, was born to this union.
  They lived in Jerome a few months, then moved to the Blozevich home farm northeast of Jerome in early 1921, then in March 1940, moved to a larger farm east of Jerome, staying there until ill health caused a move to the Centerville Care Center in November 1987.
  Opal was a kind loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, taking pride in her home and family. Although having a long full life, her smile and positive attitude will be missed, but always remembered by her family. She maintained these qualities during her almost six years at the Centerville Care Center.
  Preceding her in death were her husband, Tony; her parents; step-father, Charles Wendland; brother, Grant McCoy; twin sisters, Floss (McCoy) Dixon, Fern (McCoy) Dixon; and sister, Lucille (Wendland) Canalle.
  Survivors include her daughter, Catherine, and son-in-law, L. H. (Barney) Mallett of the Jerome area; two grandchildren, Larry Mallett of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Beverly Cosby of Overland Park, Kansas; two great-grandsons, Tom and Nicholas Cosby; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 29, 1993, at 2 p.m. from the Lange Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Prosser officiating. Hymns "The Lord's Prayer" and "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder" were sung by Don Kester, accompanied by Mary Ann Green.
  Pallbearers were Delbert Foster, Wilbur Rupalo, Paul McElvain, Terry McElvain, Paul Felkner and Keith Thomasson. Burial was in the Jerome Cemetery. A memorial was established to the Jerome United Methodist Church.
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  A very sincere and heartfelt "Thanks" to all who sent flowers, donations, food, cards, calls and all expressions of sympathy; and to Pastor Larry Prosser for the comforting service. To the Centerville Care Center staff, we will always be grateful for the loving care you gave mom for her life there. She was happy and loved you all.
  God Bless you all.
Catherine and Barney Mallett
Larry and Cathy Mallett
Beverly Tony, Tom and Nicholas Cosby
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Anthony R. (Tony) and Opal Catherine Blozevich's

Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery

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