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Marjorie  Jean  Blase
     Marjorie Jean Marge Blase, 82, of North Platte, NE, died Friday, February 10, 2012, at Linden Court in North Platte.
     Marge was born on September 30, 1929, to William and Ruby Salmon Bamesberger at Aurora, NE, where she grew up and graduated from Aurora High School in 1949. Marge then began work at the Cornhusker Ordinance Plant in Grand Island, NE, as a bookkeeper.
     On June 15, 1956, Marge married Lorence R. Blase at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Polk, NE. From 1957 to 1960 she worked in the Insurance Department for Farmers State Bank at Aurora. Marge and Lorence moved to North Platte in 1971 and she stayed home to raise their boys, Douglas and Grady.
     In 1977, Marge went to work for Welcome Wagon then worked for Dr. Drost from 1978 to 1981 and for Dr. Jim Gale from 1982 to 1993.
     Marge enjoyed her bridge club friends, her flower gardens and helped plant flowers at the church during retirement. She and Lorence also enjoyed traveling in their motor home and spending winters in Arizona. Marge was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and Christian Women’s Association. Marge felt very strong about sending missionaries into all parts of the world to tell people about Jesus.
     Marge is survived by her husband, Lorence, of North Platte; her son, Grady Blase, of Lincoln, NE; a sister, Wilma Smith, of Crowley Lake, CA; two brothers, Ervin (Evelyn) Bamesberger, of Aurora, NE, and Bill (Babe) Bamesberger, of Grand Island, NE; and other family.
     She was preceded in death by her son, Douglas Blase, in 1989 and her parents, William and Ruby Bamesberger.
     Services were held Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Robert Wiest officiating. Family inurnment followed in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Lutheran World Mission, the Lutheran Hour Ministries or the donor’s choice. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 2/15/2012
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