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Alma Blender

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Alma Annie Laura was born on Wednesday, June 22, 1927, to August Valentin Friederich and Amelia Louise Wilhelmine Christine (Leifso) Mauer in Elderslie Township. She and her twin brother Melvin joined older sister Mildred (1923). Sadly, Melvin died three months later September 16, 1927. The Mauer family was made complete when younger brother Cameron arrived in 1942.

The Mauer family mix farmed, and Alma was educated at S.S. #12 on the 2nd of Elderslie before going on to high school in Chesley. Alma loved to help her father on the farm. Whether it was being out in the fields on the tractor or in the barn cleaning seed, it did not matter. However, in order to seek work, Alma moved to Hamilton for a winter after leaving high school. There she welded the interior of light bulbs. She remembered the time well as she only had one dress and stated it did not take long for the dress to have burns throughout it. The following spring, she moved back to the farm and took a job at the Silknet Factory in Chesley.

One particular New Year’s Eve she went to a party on a blind date. Her date? Well, a young man by the name of Michael Carol Blender, of course. Michael, having grown up in the lovely Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan had come out east with his cousin’s son to attend the Royal Winter Fair. Well, it was love at first sight and on April 12, 1950 the two were married at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Chesley by The Rev. Harry Baetz. They soon became loving parents with the arrivals of Paul (1950), Carol (1953), Stephen (1957) and Tim (1959).

At first, Michael, Alma, and their family lived on the Townline and mix farmed.  Having received some sheep from her parents, they were sold for profit allowing Michael to go back to school. He then went to work at Krugs, Lovat engineering, and later Heirloom. In time they moved to town and an apartment in Chesley. They made one more move before settling in their last home on 6th Street S.E.

Once Tim started school, Alma returned to the workforce and began as an RNA at Parkview Manor. In 1971 she took a job at the Chesley Post Office, eventually retiring as Postmistress in 1990.

As if having a full-time job, four children, and a husband wasn’t enough, Alma still found time to volunteer. Before marriage, she gave of her time and effort at the Orange Lodge in town and was an active member of the Luther League. As an adult, she gave of her time with the Canadian Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels, her church choir, and Sunday School.

Like Michael, Alma loved to garden and thus especially enjoyed the spring months. She also did a lot of sewing, enjoyed music (especially singing, playing the piano, and dancing), oil painting and drawing, playing golf, and cross-country skiing. Travelling was also another big component of Alma’s life, especially after retirement. Together, she and Michael took the train to Alberta and B.C., went to the east coast (Meadow, Newfoundland) and even to Hawaii and Jamaica.

Alma absolutely loved music. She learned to play piano by ear as a child and later played the guitar too! When it came to listening to music she was particularly fond of gospel and her favourite artist was Ann Murray. Alma’s gift of music has certainly been handed down to her children and grandchildren. (Ask Steve and Tim about when Alma would fall asleep on the floor while listening to the boys play their music!) If watching TV, her go-to was adventure programming and sports (especially the Rose Bowl Parade). When it came to reading, murder mysteries, and magazines were her favourites. Alma was also an avid collector of coins from the Royal Mint as well as Canadian stamps.

To know Alma was to also know the depth of her faith. She was a dedicated member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Chesley throughout her entire life and was mentored in her faith by Rev. Baetz. Alma, Michael, and their family attended church weekly… it was just a given. She loved her Lord and was beloved to him and her church throughout her life.

Alma’s family was her world. She loved any occasion that brought everyone together, especially when her family was spread across North America. It didn’t matter if she was catching up with her kids, or learning of the recent adventures or accomplishments of her grandchildren, if there was a story or update to be told, Alma was all ears. In more recent years, her face lit up every time she saw the youngest generation of her family, her great-grandchildren. Some visits were in-person, others were with the help of technology, and some interactions were just viewing recent photographs, but to be honest, it really didn’t matter to Alma, she was so proud of all of her family.

Alma was a friendly and easy-going woman who loved those around her dearly. She was friendly, caring and extremely out-going. Although she was very social she was also humble and patient.  She loved to laugh, even at herself and welcomed everyone with a big smile. Advice that was given to her at a young age and she remembered included “always be fair to people” and to “give lots of love to your family.” She was a class act, and her life and legacy will live on for generations to come.

In 2015, Alma sold her home and moved to Parkview Manor. Here, she enjoyed visits from family, friends, staff and residents alike, and always welcomed her guests with a big, warm smile. In recent months her health continued to decline and she passed away surrounded by her loving family at Parkview Manor, Chesley on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in her 95th year.

Beloved wife of the late Michael Blender (2007). Cherished mother of Paul (Leena) of Georgian Bluffs, Carol (Alvin) Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., Stephen (Margie) of Owen Sound and Timothy (Pradelia) of Kemble. Alma will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her grandchildren Anton (Dawn), Seth, Ramsey Paige (Chris), Jennifer (Jon), Jonathan (Stephanie), Taylor (John), Dennis (Michelle) and great-grandmother of Olivia, Seeley, Logan, Anya, Ben, Michelle, Brenna, Aubrie, and India. Alma was predeceased by her twin brother Melvin, brother Cameron Mauer, sister Mildred Patterson and parents August and Amelia (Leifso) Mauer.

A public visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday, July 16, 2021 from 12 noon – 1 p.m. A private funeral service celebrating Alma’s life will follow. A livestream of the service will be available on the funeral home website through Zoom beginning at 2 p.m. A recording of the service will also be available on the funeral home website afterward. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Patricia Tibbo
July 19, 2021

So sorry to hear this sad news. Your mom was a blessing to our mom 5 years ago when mom was at Parkview. Alma was always kind and caring. Our deepest sympathies to all your families.

Tom & Karen Sweiger
July 18, 2021

Stephen & family, sorry for your loss.

Jane and Ben Eckensweiler
July 17, 2021

So sorry to hear of Alma’s passing. Please know we send our sincere condolences to the Blender family.

Andy Bowers & Susan Barkley
July 16, 2021

Stephen and family.
Whenever I visited Chesley to visit with my mom and dad (Betty & Jack) at some time during my visit dad would drive us over to 6th. Street for a visit with Alma. In later years I think we brought over Alma’s mail. Alma was so gracious and would want a complete update on my life. What a kind soul.
Andy Bowers

David, Elaine, Riley and Nicholas Bohlender
July 16, 2021

Our thoughts have been with the family since Tim called to inform us of Alma’s passing last week. Over the last few decades when we were able to travel back to Chesley we always looked forward to our visits with Alma, either at her house or at the nursing home. She always made us feel like we were family and we’ll continue to remember her whenever we have a scoop of ice cream for an afternoon treat. Or perhaps four or five scoops like she tended to serve us. We’re sorry we can’t be there for the live service but will be on-line from Victoria.

Robert & Susan Byers
July 16, 2021

So sorry for your loss.. You have our deepest sympathy

Andrea Bowers
July 16, 2021

My sincere condolences to Alma’s family and friends for the loss of such a kind, warm, wonderful, caring person.

Lynn Jackson
July 15, 2021

Sorry for your loss. So glad I had a chance to visit pre Covid we had a lovey chat. She updated me on all the family members from the many photos posted on her wall Her face glowed as she spoke of each one. So proud of her family Such a wonderful woman. Glad she was part of my life

Don & Karen Wilson
July 15, 2021

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Alma.

Bob & Diane Murphy
July 14, 2021

To the entire Blender family – deepest condolences in your loss. Your parents were both very lovely people and you mom was a treat to visit with at the Post Office – caring and genuinely interested in people. An era gone by!
Treasure the memories.

Tom, Dorothy & David Schramm
July 14, 2021

While we only saw Alma once a year from the early 80’s on for the annual curry dinner she was always so kind & welcoming. Our deepest condolences to all of you.

Heather Pletsch
July 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, I will always remember her gentle, kind nature and love for her family. May she rest in peace.

Murray and Kathy Knapp
July 13, 2021

Our condolences to the Bender family. Alma was a wonderful person, who always new you and was interested in each person.

Daryl Fischer
July 13, 2021

Alma always had a smile and a little wave or a chat when I went to visit Mom at Parkview
Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Lori
July 12, 2021

My deepest condolences on the passing of Aunt Alma. Rest In Peace, love Lori (Mauer) Snejdar

Catherine Krause
July 12, 2021

Really going to miss ya , Dorian will as well and his wee family. Our condolences from all us . HERB AND CATHERINE DAWDY

Judy and Roy Coward
July 12, 2021

Sending Our condolences to The Blender Family .

April wilson
July 12, 2021

My deepest sympathy

Dennis, Brenda Ann Fischer & family
July 11, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Paul, Carol, Stephen, Tim and families. She was a lovely lady and will be truly missed. We had a lot of great visits with Alma. Treasure the memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Ruth Hamel
July 11, 2021

My condolence to the Blender family in the pasting of your mother. Cherish the good memories you had with her, as I had many good memories I shared with her to. God’s blessing comfort you at this difficult time.

Shirley Lang
July 11, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the entire Blender family. Alma was a wonderful lady, and we had a lot of great visits. My thougths and prayers are with all of you at this time.

James Woods Tooter
July 11, 2021

My Deepest Sympathy at this time

Cheryle L Schuknecht
July 10, 2021

My Deepest Condolences to Alma’s Family

KEVIN AND LORI WOODS
July 10, 2021

SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. YOUR MOM WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON

Paul Hartig
July 10, 2021

Alma was a wonderful person, and a pleasure to know. My prayers and sympathy to all who mourn.

Cathy and Gary Lund
July 10, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to the family on the loss of a beautiful soul. Alma was a true lady and such a pleasure to know. I know she will be missed.

Linda Murray
July 9, 2021

Sincere sympathies on the loss of a lovely lady.

Leverne Misch
July 9, 2021

Deepest sympathy is expressed to all your family. Thinking of u all

Brian and Shirley White
July 9, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the whole family . Alma was a great lady and a very dear friend to mom!

Randi Klages
July 9, 2021

I have such lovely warm memories of Alma. I used to go to her home and do her hair for her. We would enjoy a cup of instant coffee a cookie and most importantly a visit. She told me more about Tim’s family tree than Tim even knew. We always ended our visits with a hug and she would say “ Thank you for coming. I love you honey.” …..as I heard her end many phone calls the same way. She would stand at the front window as I left and wave goodbye. I felt honoured to be among those she cared about.
Heaven had a special place reserved for this sweet soul.
My sincere condolences to her family.
Xo

Cheryl Fleet
July 9, 2021

My sincere condolences to all of you on your loss of a great mom. Carol, I remember in elementary school being at your house, your mom was such a nice kind person. Steve,I remember the baking treats she would bring to the store and all the rides home, such a great lady. Paul and Tim I am so sorry that your mom has passed she was an amazing mother. I’m sure all of you will miss her dearly, so many grandchildren and great grandchildren she was truly blessed. You guys will all have many great memories to cherish forever.

Carole Woods
July 9, 2021

Alma was rarely without a smile and a kind word. She was loved by many and will be missed. Treasure your memories. Sincerely, Carole Krueger Woods

Carol M. Jarvis
July 9, 2021

So sorry to read about Alma. Deepest sympathy to the families

Jean Brow & family
July 9, 2021

Alma was a great lady.
She will be missed by many.
My condolences to the family.

Roseann Mcculloch
July 9, 2021

My deepest sympathy will miss Alma dearly

Nancy Von Richter
July 9, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Alma was a wonderful lady 😢

Dorothy Frook
July 9, 2021

Our sympathy and prayers are with all of you as you mourn the death of your mom, grandma, and great grandma. She will be missed, cherish your memories. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46 V1.
Our love, sympathy and blessings during these difficult times. Bev and Dorothy Frook

Dianne and Ross King
July 9, 2021

Our condolences to the family. Alma was a very special lady, we enjoyed our conversations and visits with her when she was able to attend St. Mark’s and then in the later years at Parkview Manor. She will be missed. Treasure your memories.

terry murphy
July 9, 2021

My condolences to the Blender family Alma was a lovely person

Krista Kerr (MacDougall)
July 9, 2021

Margie and family,

I am so sad to hear of Alma’s passing. I have so many great memories of her and Michael as they were 2 houses down from my grandparents. I spent many days there playing with The boys and especially loved the golf course in the yard!

Such a wonderful and loving woman!

Jim & June Gowan
July 9, 2021

Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family

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