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Pearl L. Blaisdell

Pearl Lauretta (Strege) Blaisdell, 99, passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, 23 days short of her 100th birthday.

Born Nov. 25,1917 on a small farm just west of Cedarburg, to the late Gustav and Bertha Strege, after early years on the farm, she was raised as a "city girl" by her grandparents, Andrew and Emma Fromm in Cedarburg.  She worked as the first ticket seller at the Rivoli Theater in Cedarburg.

She married Theodore H. Meyer and they had three children. She was a homemaker, had a career in music, playing her Hammond organ at many clubs in the greater Milwaukee area. For many years, she also gave private piano lessons and was the church organist for Faith Lutheran Church.

In 1962 she married Rogers P. Blaisdell, which added five more children into the household, Barbara, John, Virginia, Amy and Bette. She then raised the family and her grew their business, Pioneer Container.

In retirement, they built a house north of Eagle River and purchased a condo in Melbourne, Fla. but sold the up north home to become permanent residents of Florida. In 1999, her passed away and she continued to live in Florida until 2012 when she returned to Wisconsin to live at Rennes Health Care Center-East in Peshtigo.

She is survived by two sons, Theodore "Ted" C. (Carol) Meyer, Saukville and Robert "Bob" (Shirley) Meyer, Umatillo Fla.; a daughter, Mary Sue Meyer, Marinette and a grandson of Green Bay.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Theodore H. Meyer and Rogers P. Blaisdell; Rogers' son, John Blaisdell; parents, Gustav and Bertha Strege; grandparents, Andrew and Emma Fromm and three brothers, Herbert Strege, Willard Strege and Lester Strege.

Visitation was held at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg on Monday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. until time of the funeral service at noon. Rev. Scott Ehle officiated with burial in the Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg. Donations to Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Menominee or Zion Lutheran Church, Oconto are appreciated. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home assisted the family locally.


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