PULASKI, Wis. - Kathleen E. Blankenstein, 79, of Pulaski, passed away on St. Patrick's Day, Sunday, March 17, 2013, at a local nursing home.
The daughter of Irish descendants, Patrick and Bridget (Ryan) Ryan, Kathleen was born Jan. 19, 1934, in Chicago. She married The Very Rev. Paul Blankenstein on Aug. 18,1972. He preceded her in death on May 19, 2001.
The couple lived in the Iron Mountain area for many years where Fr. Blankenstein was the priest at St. Mary's Orthodox Church. Kathleen worked in administration at the Veterans Hospital in Iron Mountain for many years.
Mrs. Blankenstein was an active member of the Christian Orthodox Church and most recently worshiped at St. Matthew's Orthodox Church in Green Bay, Wis. She enjoyed reading and fishing. Kathleen was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren.
Her family includes one daughter, Kathryn (Joel) Giesau; and one son, Robert (Christina) Blankenstein; her grandchildren, Andraya, Elise, and Natalie Giesau, and Pavlos and Petros Blankenstein; two sisters, Phyllis Ryan and Bridget Mary Ryan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one sister, Maureen Jergens.
Family and friends may call Thursday from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Central time at St. Matthew's Orthodox Church, 1226 Redwood Drive in Green Bay. Memorial services will be Thursday held at 6 p.m. at the church
Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the church with Father Maximus Cabey officiating. Burial services will be held at Dickinson Memorial Gardens in Iron Mountain at 2 p.m. Friday. Reception to follow the burial service at St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Iron Mountain.
The Ryan Funeral Home of De Pere, Wis., (920) 336-3171 is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the Blankenstein family.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations would be appreciated to St. Matthew Orthodox Church in Green Bay.