CONSTANCE E. BLASER

Constance Eris Blaser, age 92, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at Blue Valley Senior Living in Blue Rapids.

Connie was born on July 10, 1924, at the family home in rural Barnes, to John R. Dummermuth and Elizabeth Wallace Dummermuth. She attended Jordan School rural Barnes, Waterville High School and Kansas State University where she received her teaching certificate. She taught at Spring Valley Rural School. She married Lowell Blaser on July 17, 1944 at the family home, and left for Georgia where Lowell was stationed. After Lowell returned from the service they moved to the farm Southwest of Waterville and later into Waterville.

She was a member of the Waterville United Methodist Church, the UMW, the Legion Auxiliary, the Spring Valley Club, the Shakespeare Club, and other community organizations. She was particularly proud of the success of the UMW rummage sales in which she participated from its inception. Along with this, she was a conference officer and Jurisdictional delegate to the United Methodist Church Conference and spent many years on the Pawnee Mental Health Board.

She enjoyed playing cards and along with her mother Elizabeth Dummermuth was an active member of the Community Bridge Club for many years. She enjoyed card games with her children and grandchildren, playing pinochle, canasta, pitch and bridge. She also loved sharing her home, in which many of the children of Waterville remember attending her tea parties with formal dress and manners.

She is survived by her son Terry Blaser and wife Phyllis of Waterville, two daughters; Jan Holyfield and husband Jeff of Laingsburg, Michigan and Cathy Sump of Loveland, Colorado, a daughter-in-law Cathy Blaser of Gypsum, Colorado, then grandchildren; Regina Blaser, Eris Blaser, Christine Holyfield, Madalyn Holyfield, Toria Holyfield, Anthony Sump, Elizabeth Sump, Sarah Murray, Rachel Blaser and Caitlin Blaser, eight great-grandchildren; a brother Norman Dummermuth and wife Betty, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Lowell Blaser, a son Kent Blaser, a son-in-law, John Sump, a brother John W. Dummermuth and two sisters; Janice Menzel and Elma Mae Dummermuth.

Funeral services are planned for 10:30 am, Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Waterville United Methodist Church with Pastor Debby Dick officiating. Music included “How Great Thou Art”, “In The Garden” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”, the organist was Beverly Hedke. Casket bearers were John D. Dummermuth, Rusty Dummermuth, JC Menzel, Austin Menzel, Alex Kiryakakis and Jim Tilley. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Waterville.

Memorials are suggested to either the Waterville United Methodist Church or to the Valley Heights Foundation.

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