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John Blocher Family

(son of Solomon BLOCHER and Catherine BOLLINGER)
b. 2-Sep-1879, d. 25-Sep-1961,
buried: 28-Sep-1961, Woodland Mem. Cem., Woodland, MI.
  m. 28-Sep-1907 in Barry Co., MI to Grace Alma WADDELL
(daughter of Theodore WADDELL and Lillian V. BOOMERSHINE).
b. 24-Sep-1886, d. 17-May-1975,
buried: Woodland Mem. Cem., Woodland, MI.

From Jerilee Hostetler:
This story is about Great Uncle John Blocher and family.
The first I can remember about Uncle John and his wife Aunt Grace
was when my mother was working on the election board in the
presidential election when Franklin D Roosevelt was running the first time.
I think that was in 1933. Ruthanne was almost a year and a half old and
I was about 4.   Uncle John Blocher and Aunt Grace lived on the old
Crabb place where Bill and Betty Cappon lived so long in later years.
Mom had to work all night, as there were no voting machines of any kind and
all the paper ballots had to be counted by hand!! Great Aunt Clara
(the baby of the family) was also staying there at that time for some reason
and I slept with her. Aunt Grace had another place for Ruthanne to sleep.
I remember my Dad came later, after his chores were done and
he slept in a chair!! This is my first memories of Uncle John and
Aunt Grace Blocher. Of course Pres. Roosevelt won the election and
with all his New Deal programs helped pull us out of the Depression.
It was hard times on the Crabb farm and things didn't go so good there
and they left that farm and moved over north of Freeport for a couple years.
Over there my folks visited them too and one time we had some warm
maple syrup that we stirred and stirred until it turned into maple sugar.
This is called "sugaring off". Uncle John's only lived 2 years at Freeport and
then moved back to a little farm that they had near the old Blocher homestead
where Uncle John was raised. We went to Uncle John's quite a lot to visit
and sometimes for Sunday dinner and sometimes they came to my folks
place for Sunday dinner. John Jr, their youngest son was quite a lot older
than I was and he had a telegraph system out in one of the sheds that
I thought was interesting and Ruthanne and I watched him send his
dot-dash messages on it. Their older son, Robert, was going steady with
his girl, Marjorie Adams and was about to get married when I first knew him.
Their daughter, Roma, was already married to an Italian who I only recall
seeing once or twice. Roma came to visit her parents at times but
I don't remember him much. John Jr graduated from Woodland High School
in 1940. He was employed somewhere I believe and then the next year along
came Pearl Harbor and the start of WWII and John Jr enlisted in the Marines.
He was in some of the tough battles in the South Pacific and but was able to
come home with out any injuries. Dad bought his 1937 Olds after he went
in the Marines.   To be continued, from Jerilee Hostetler
email from Jerilee Hostetler, 9 Aug 2007 about John Blocher funeral:
John Blocher   82 yrs   died Sept 26, 1961.
I remember attending his funeral. During the time of the funeral a car was
hit by the train and think several ladies were killed on a side street in
Lake Odessa. Of course the Koops Funeral Home is right on 4th Ave (Main St.)
in Lake Odessa and the train crosses Main St. Not sure if it was Koops
Funeral Home or Pickens at that time. Perhaps it was Pickens Funeral Home.
Guess I'll call Raymond and Karolyn and see if they have a copy of his obit.
Grandma Ida  91 yrs was still alive at that time but she had suffered a
broken hip the Fall or Winter of 1960 and was trying to recover. She got
around with a walker at that time and liked to go outside to see the flowers
and garden. She died the last day of 1961.  We lived where we do now and had
6 kids.   Jerilee
Funeral Services For John Blocher To Be Held Today
Funeral services for John Blocher, 82, R2 Woodland, a retired farmer who died at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday at his home, will be held this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Pickens Funeral chapel at Lake Odessa.
Burial will be in the Woodland Memorial cemetery.
Mr. Blocher had been in ill health for several years.
Mr. Blocher was born Sept. 2, 1879, near Greenville, Ohio, the son of Solomon and Catherine
(Bolinger) Blocker. He moved to the Woodland area when a small boy and spent the
remainder of his life in that vicinity.
Since his marrage to Grace Waddell in 1907, he has lived on the same farm in Woodland township.
He was a member of the Woodland Church of the Brethren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Reno (Roma) Angeletti of Kalamazoo;
two sons, Robert and John, Jr., of Woodland; seven grandchildren;
two sisters, Miss Clara Blocher and Mrs. Ida Flory, both of Woodland.

Funeral card has died 26 Sep 1961.

In 1910 census for Barry Co., MI, Castleton Twp., 241:
Blocker, John, head, m,w, 30, married, 2yrs, OH, OH, OH
Blocker, Grace, wife, f, w, 23, married, 2 yrs, OH, IN, OH
Blocker, Roma, daughter, f, w, 11/12, single, MI, OH, OH

In 1920 census for Barry Co., MI, Castleton twp., 82/83:
Blocker, John, head, m, w, 38, married
Blocker, Grace, wife, f, w, 34, married
Blocker, Roma, daughter, f, w, 10, single
Blocker, Robert, son, m, w, 4 8/12, single
In the 1930 census for Castleton Twp., Barry Co., MI, page 64,
sheet 6a (need to get 6b also), 154/158:
Blocher, John, head, owner, m, w, 50, married, OH, OH, OH
Blocher, Grace A., wife, f, w, 43, married, OH, IN, OH
Blocher, Roma G., daughter, f, w, 20, single, MI, OH, OH
Blocher, Robert W., son, m, w, 12, single, MI, OH, OH
Blocher, John, Jr., son, m, w, 7, single, MI, OH, OH

I. Robert Winston BLOCHER,
b. 31-Jul-1915, d. 6-Dec-2007 in Hastings, Barry Co., MI;

m. 25-Dec-1936 to Marjorie Lucille ADAMS,
b. 5-Aug-1916 in Hastings, Barry Co., MI, d. 27-Apr-2000 in Hastings, Barry Co., MI.

II. Roma Geraldine BLOCHER,
b. 16-Aug-1909 in Woodland, Barry Co., MI, d. 14-Mar-1998 in Portage, MI,

m. 23-Nov-1935 to Reno ANGELETTI,
b. 10-Oct-1913 in Bono, OH, d. 13-Dec-2005.

b. 19-Oct-1922, d. 22-Nov-2005,
m. (1) Jan-1946 to Iris Louise GUY (divorced),
m. (2)  May-1968 to Helen V. (Mitzie) GIBAS.

John and Grace Blocher's stone in Woodland Mem. Cem.

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