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Blanche Ruth Baumgard

July 25, 1926 June 18, 2012
Blanche Ruth Baumgard
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Blanche Ruth Baumgard (Cooper) was born July 25, 1926 in Worthington, MN the daughter of Earl and Elsie (Friesner) Cooper. At the age of 4, she was diagnosed with polio. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1945 and worked as a telephone operator for 37 years. Blanche was united in marriage to Arnold “Bud” Baumgard on October 15, 1952 in Fulda, MN and they made their home in Worthington. They were blessed with the birth of a son, Patrick, on November 17, 1968. She became a widow in 1973. In 1994, she moved to Mankato, MN then later to Buffalo, MN. She had a brother-Leo Cooper, half brothers-Don Vanderhoff and Cecil Cooper, and half sisters-Helen Johnson and Evelyn Huls. Blanche was a caring mother, grandmother and friend to many. She enjoyed playing cards, shopping and dining out with family and friends. During her time at Lake Ridge, Blanche enjoyed playing bingo and visiting with the caring staff. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Blanche passed away peacefully on Monday, June 18, 2012 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, MN.
     She was preceded in death by her parents-Earl and Elsie, her spouse-Arnold “Bud” Baumgard, brother-Leo Cooper; half brothers-Donald (Eva) Vanderhoff and Cecil Cooper; and half sisters-Helen Johnson and Evelyn Huls.
     She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law-Patrick and Jodi (Vlasak) Baumgard, grandchildren-Andrew and Anna, sister-in-law-Lucille Taylor, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
     Memorial services will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington MN, with Pastor Joe Behnke officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.


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