Blanche J. Utke

Blanche Johanna Utke, 87, of the town of Waukechon, passed away on March 15, 2017, at Oak Haven in Shawano. Blanche was born in Appleton on March 9, 1930, to the late C. Rudolph and Jeanette (VanderZanden) Jacobson. At the age of 10, Blanche and her family moved to Oconto Falls, where she completed her education. On Nov. 14, 1956, Blanche was united in marriage to Earle Utke at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the town of Belle Plaine. They owned and operated a farm in the town of Waukechon and hauled milk for Consolidated Badger. Blanche enjoyed riding along with him for 26 years. Blanche and Earle loved to travel with family and friends, visiting 46 of the 50 states. She also enjoyed riding on the motorcycle with Earle. Earle preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1995. Blanche was a member of the Flower Queens Homemaker Club and enjoyed sewing quilts, and made quilts for numerous people over the years.

Blanche is survived by her children, Cynthia (David) Waegli, of Shawano, Chris (Teresa) Utke, of Clintonville, and Mark (special friend Sue) Utke, of Marion; former daughter-in-law, Jean Baumgarten, of Bonduel; five grandchildren, Maik (Tina) Ehlers, Timothy (Nicole) Utke, Kyle (Anna) Utke, Elizabeth Utke and Rebecca Utke; five great-grandchildren, Jack, Max, Marleigh, Isabelle, and Kysen; one sister, Marion (Donald) Nemetz, of Shawano; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including special nephew Brian and his children, Brianna and Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earle; one son, Timothy, in 1972; one grandson, Dawson Waegli; and her parents.

Funeral services for Blanche will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano with the Rev. Steve Conradt officiating. Inurnment will be in St. John’s Cemetery in the town of Belle Plaine. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

The family would like to thank the staff at Birch Hill as well as the staff at Paiser’s Oak Haven for the care given to Blanche.