Mildred T. Blank

Mildred T. Blank (nee Thevenin), 97, of Vermilion, died Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Kingston of Vermilion after a lengthy illness.

She was born August 16, 1921 in Clay Township, OH and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 7 years after moving from Windsor, OH.

After graduation from the College of St. Mary’s of the Springs, Mildred worked for several years as a special education teacher at the Ohio School for Epileptics in Gallipolis, OH.

She had been a member of SS Edward and Lucy Catholic Parish, Middlefield, OH. Mildred loved reading, gardening, genealogy, and traveling.

She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne (Viswanath) Narayan of Arden Hills, MN, Melanie (Mark) Rettman of Vermilion, and Mary (Jim) Szekely of Vermilion; grandchildren, Noreen (Tim) Krachko, Gabriel Ananea, Tony Ananea, Carolyn (Michael) Mahan, and Jeffrey Rettman; great grandchildren, Skylar, Nicholas, Alex, and McKenzie; and her sister, Helen Barton of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Blank in 2000; son, Nicholas S. Blank in 2011; parents, Arthur L and Mary (nee Saunders) Thevenin; brothers, Arthur Jr., Garland, and Luther Thevenin; and her sister, Beatrice Robinson.

Family members want to thank the staff at Kingston of Vermilion and the New Life Hospice for the excellent care provided to their mother.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Willis Funeral Home, 12 Garfield Ave., Gallipolis, OH 45631. Interment will follow at Centenary Cemetery, Gallipolis, OH.

The family suggests memorial contributions to American Cancer Society Ohio Division Inc., 10501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Riddle Funeral Home assisted with local arrangements.

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