Mary Lou (Fitzner) Blank

Mary Lou (Fitzner) Blank

NICOLLET — Mary Lou (Fitzner) Blank, 70, from rural Nicollet, moved to her new home in heaven on Friday, July 27, 2018. She was fatally injured in an auto accident.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Courtland. Pastor Wayne Bernau and Pastor Jason Mehring will officiate, burial will follow in the Zion Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2018, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

To leave an online condolence for the family, or to sign the guestbook, please visit: www.mvfh.org.

Mary is survived by her husband, Harlan, of Nicollet; sisters, Kathy Blank of Nicollet, Cindy Fitzner of Truman, Nancy Fogelberg (Craig) of Clear Lake; brother, John Fitzner (Darlene) of Mankato; sisters-in-law, Lois Fitzner of Fergus Falls, Elaine Blank of New Ulm, Carollee Blank of Kasota, Lois Steece of Nicollet; brother-in-law, Cliff (Judy) Blank of Nicollet; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, John (Ida) Fitzner, Joseph (Martha) Kosek; brothers, Ron and Michael Fitzner; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon and Donald Peterson, Marilyn Fitzner, Earl Blank, Dennis Fogelberg, Vernon Blank, Lowell Blank, and Joseph Steece; nieces, Elizabeth Fitzner and Lisa Steece; and nephew, Al Nielsen.

Mary was born on May 25, 1948, to Marvin and Elaine (Kosek) Fitzner in New Ulm. She was baptized in June of 1948 and confirmed in 1962 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Courtland. She attended Immanuel Lutheran School, graduated from Nicollet Public School in 1966, and finished her education at Concordia College in St. Paul with a B.A. Degree in Elementary Education in 1970. Mary began her teaching career at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, with the second-grade class. After 7 years, she moved back to Nicollet. Upon her return, Mary married her “Hon,” Harlan Blank, on Sept. 10, 1977 at Immanuel Lutheran in Courtland. She resumed her teaching career where she was in charge of the “Title” Program at Nicollet Public and Immanuel, Courtland, and she also worked as a substitute teacher and para. She then worked at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center until she retired in 2013. Mary had a passion for gardening, where she participated and won awards in many county fairs. She also was an avid sports fan, specifically following the Golden Gophers. Mary will be remembered as a caring, loving, and very welcoming wife, sister, aunt, teacher, and friend. Blessed be her memory.