Marcella Cecelia “Sally” Blaschke, age 94 of Fordyce, NE died on Friday, August 30, 2019 at the Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton, South Dakota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce with Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Fordyce.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the church.

The Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington is in charge of arrangements. To view the video tribute, or to send online condolences, please visit

Pallbearers will be Brandan Blaschke, Gunnar Blaschke, Eric Niedergeses, Matt McDowell, Corey McPhillips, Nathan McPhillips, and Lincoln McPhillips.

Sally was born on July 3, 1925 in Yankton, SD to Frank and Mary (Perk) Bollich. She grew up in the Menominee area and graduated from Yankton High School in 1943. On October 19, 1948, Sally married Benedict H. Blaschke in Menominee, Nebraska. After their marriage, they farmed northeast of Fordyce. Sally worked for the school lunch program at West Catholic for many years. She loved all the kids. She moved into Fordyce in the mid 1990’s and lived there since then.

She was a member of the St. John the Baptist Church and Guild, as well as the Christian Mothers. Sally enjoyed sewing, quilting, and making blankets for her grandchildren. She loved sports and enjoyed watching the Twins and Royals. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing cards, and traveling.

Sally is survived by three children, Roger & Kathy Blaschke of Black Diamond, WA, Tami & Brian Tomlinson of Iberia, MO, Connie McPhillips & fiancé Leonard Kleinschmit of Wausa, NE; seven grandchildren, Brandan Blaschke, Gunnar Blaschke, Dawn & Eric Niedergeses, Meagan & Matt McDowell, Corey & Keli McPhillips, Nathan & Meghan McPhillips, and Lincoln McPhillips; five great-grandchildren, Lauren, Isaac, & Sam Niedergeses, Easton Witt, and Connor McDowell; sister Lorraine Schlueter of Minneapolis, MN, and sister-in-law Alvina Schrempp of Yankton, SD.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Benedict on April 2, 2003 at the age of 79, 2 infant children, a daughter, Lois Blaschke, 3 brothers, Anthony, Norbert and Art Bollich and a sister, Colleen Brennaman.

Yankton Press & Dakotan

September 3, 2019