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Jeanne Marie (Stoffel) Blackman, 89 of North Mankato, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Laurels Peak Rehabilitation Center in Mankato from natural causes.
Memorial service will be held at 11am, Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Northview ~ North Mankato Mortuary with visitation one hour prior. Private family graveside services will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Mankato. In lieu of flowers, remember North Mankato Taylor Library and their constant need for new books. Please share a memory of Jeanne with her family at www.mankatomortuary.com.
Jeanne was born in Cooks Valley, Wisconsin (Bloomer, WI) on November 30, 1927 to Bernard and Alice (Sweeney) Stoffel in her family home. She attended St. Johns Parochial grade school in Cooks Valley and graduated from McDonnell Parochial High School in Chippewa Falls, WI. She then attended State College in Eau Claire, WI. In 1947, she married Joe Blackman in St. Paul. They were later divorced.
Jeanne worked for 28 years in various retail clothing businesses in Mankato, her last being Brett's Department Store, which she enjoyed. After Brett's closed, she worked at the downtown Hy-Vee store as a food demo person, meeting and helping people, which she enjoyed immensely. She went back afterward to visit.
Jeanne loved the outdoors and growing her precious flowers and herbs on her deck. They filled her days. She was a voracious reader and loved her crossword puzzles. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church as long as she's lived in Mankato.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Alice Stoffel; sister, Elaine Murphy; brother-in-law, Paul Murphy; nephews, David and Michael Murphy; and precious granddaughter, Jamie Lee Byers.
Survivors include her six children, Steven (Nicole) Blackman of North Mankato, Janet Blackman of Thousand Palms, CA, Judith (David) Hopkins of Faribault, James (Patricia) Bourne of Visalia, CA, Mark (Becky) Blackman of Oconomowoc, WI, and Daniel (Shannon) Blackman of Kodiak, AK; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; niece, Lisa (William) Murphy Salvador of Minneapolis and their daughters, Fiona and Lola. Jeanne is also survived by several cousins.
Published on November 21, 2017
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