Gloria J. Blonde

Gloria J. Blonde passed into eternal life on June 25, 2016, surrounded by her family. Gloria was born in Stockton, Minnesota, on Dec. 1, 1935, to the late Erna (nee Foell) and Alfred Ronnenberg.

The youngest of six girls, Gloria grew up in Winona, Minnesota, and graduated from Winona State Teacher’s College in 1958 with a degree in physical education. She began her teaching career at Shawano High School. It was there that she met fellow teacher Merlyn “Butch” Blonde, whom she wed on June 20, 1959. Gloria taught physical education in the Shawano School District for over 30 years. She and Butch were blessed with three children: Tami, Greg, and Jamie. Gloria loved playing bridge and golf, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Gloria is survived by her children and grandchildren, Tami (Kevin) Brown, of Kohler, and granddaughters Leigh and Elise Schlecht; Greg (Kathy) Blonde, of Waupaca, and granddaughter Katherine Blonde; and Jamie (Jeff) Mawhinney, of Verona, and grandsons Michael and Ryan Mawhinney. She is also survived by her sisters, Carol Evenson and Donna Ferdinandsen, both of Winona; her sister-­in-­law, Kathy (Marlyn) Teetzen, of Shawano; and her brothers-­in-­law, Robert “Red” Lee, of Winona, Raleigh “Obe” Obenchain, of Rochester, Minnesota, Frank Miller, of Neenah, and Carl Nelson, of Pickerel Lake; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlyn, on March 31, 1984; her sisters, Beverly (Carl) Praxel, Janice Lee and Wanda Obenchain; her sisters-­in-­law Shirley Redwine, Beverly Miller, and Mildred Nelson; and her brothers-­in-­law, Bill Ferdinandsen and Charlie Evenson.

Funeral services for Gloria will be held on Friday, July 1, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Mickelson Funeral Service. Relatives and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the hour of service. Pastor Richard Vanman will officiate. Burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery of Shawano following the service.

A memorial fund benefiting Shawano Dollars for Scholars has been established in Gloria’s name. More information can be found online at

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

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