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Geraldine Blitsch

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:30 a.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Geraldine Ann Blitsch, 80, of Princeton died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Heartland Health Care in Henry surrounded by her loved ones.

Geraldine was born on July 6, 1934, in Fort Madison, Iowa, to Haskell and Helen (Paradowski) Tudor. She married Kenneth Blitsch in 1950.

Gerry, Ken and family moved to Wyanet after purchasing the Wyanet Locker, where they successfully expanded the business before selling it in 1975. During that time the family moved to the country near Wyanet where they also farmed and raised horses.

Gerry, along with her husband, established Wyanet Carpet in Wyanet and later moved the store to Princeton. After the sale of the carpet store, she retired. Gerry was lovingly known for her warm and friendly personality at both the Wyanet Locker and Wyanet Carpet for over 40 years and thousands of customers.

She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Wyanet.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth of Princeton; one son Terry (Sandra) Blitsch of Princeton; one daughter, Linda (Mike) Judge of Princeton; five grandchildren, Lori Judge of Savannah, Ga., Mike Judge Jr. of Wyanet, Kristin Blitsch of San Diego, Calif., Melissa Xenidis of Frankfort and Jennifer Appel of Bettendorf, Iowa; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation rites will be accorded and services will be at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at or 866-AFA-8484.

The Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton will be assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to Geraldine's family at

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