Marie Bloemer (85) of Effingham


Published on October 5 2012 7:19 am

Marie Bloemer, 85, of Effingham, Illinois passed away Thursday, October 4, 2012 at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 8 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham. Burial will be in the St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, October 7 from 4-8 p.m at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham. Parish wake service will be at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anthony schools. Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born August 4, 1927 in Island Grove, the daughter of Joseph and Theresa (Luchtefeld) Probst. She married Francis J. (Bud) Bloemer August 27, 1949. Marie was an avid baker with her specialities being cinnamon sweet rolls, homemade bread and blackberry cobbler made with fresh blackberries picked from her pasture. She was a grain producer and dairy farmer, who, along with her husband Bud, spent every morning and evening milking the herd. In addition, she raised chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and many other animals. She kept busy tending to her massive garden, canning fruits and vegetables and cooking for large family dinners. She sewed beautiful quilts that she gave to her children, grandchildren and to the St. Anthony Church picnic. She loved to entertain everyone with her harmonica, dance and go fishing in her pond. She often sang, "She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes. . . " Her family will miss her dearly and pray that "she'll be riding six white horses" in Heaven. Marie enjoyed reciting the names of her children and even in the late stages of Alzheimer's she would have days when she remembered all 15 of their names. She taught her children to have a strong work ethic and was proud of their accomplishments.

Surviving are her children, Oscar (wife Norma) Bloemer of Effingham, Darlene (husband Louis) Esker of Effingham, Linda (husband Phil) Stalling of St. Louis, Mo., Donald (wife Mary) Bloemer of Green Creek, Ronald (wife Vickie) Bloemer of Effingham, Carol (husband Ron) Wendt of Effingham, Shirley (fiance David Reha) Olerich of San Jose, Calif., Marilyn (husband Rem) Woodruff of Effingham, Theresa (husband Bill) Hardiek of Teutopolis, Rosalie (husband Tom) Westendorf of Effingham, Patty (husband Joe) Jansen of Mason, Julie (husband Bruce) Willenborg of Knoxville, Tenn., Connie (husband Darrell) Brinkmann of Wildwood, Mo., Cindy  (husband Chris) Fraterrigo of Chicago, Tony (Lisa Sasso) Bloemer of Effingham; 32 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Joe (wife Inis) Probst of Island Grove; sister-in-law, Florence Probst of Island Grove.

Preceding her in death were her husband Francis (Bud) Bloemer; daughter, Mary Bloemer; sisters, Freida Weishaar and Hilda Nieman and brothers, Ed Probst and Bernie Probst.