Blanche E. Dunn
100 years – December 9, 1920 -March 9, 2021
Blanche was born in Berwyn, Illinois, and died peacefully in her sleep in Omaha, Nebraska. Blanche lived a full and rich life filled with love, family, friendships, adventure, and service. When she was young, she loved going to Sokol Berwyn where her mother was a charter member. She taught gym classes and played volleyball. She was active in PTA and Girl Scouts. Above all, she loved her family.
She was most proud of her WWII service as a member of the Navy Waves. She enlisted during World War II, and served in San Francisco, CA until the war’s end. She was a woman before her time.
Blanche married David Dunn on July 5, 1947 in Chicago, IL and had two beautiful daughters. The family moved to Omaha, NE in 1959 with Western Electric and built a home that they lived in for over fifty years. In Omaha, Blanche volunteered at the Red Cross and the Western Electric Pioneers. She was active in Fem Vets, and even became a clown just to hand out balloons. She worked at Continental Can Company, but found her real vocation in travelling with her husband in their trailer. They travelled all over the country, and she made friends wherever she went. She loved Husker football and volleyball, and had many football parties on her back porch. And she always said “I have such a nice family.”
Blanche is preceded in death by husband, David Dunn; parents Joseph and Frances (Domizlecky) Sykora; sister, Mildred Svoboda; brother, Bob Sykora. Survived by daughters, Kathleen (Michael) Jedlicka of Papillion and Patricia (James) Coyle of Omaha; grandchildren: Amanda (Kelly) Brewer of La Vista, Brian (Hillary) Jedlicka of Avon, IN, Christopher (Kelli) Dean of Chicago, IL, Laural (Simon) Brookes of England, and David Coyle of Nashville, TN; great-grandchildren: Daisy, Logan, Noah, Lydia, Ethan, William, Charlotte, and a baby on the way.
Her family gives credit for her long and healthy life to her flexible, adventurous, and fun personality. She will be missed, but we know she is being welcomed with loving arms by so many who have gone before her.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE with CDC guidelines : Saturday, March 13, at 3pm at the West Center Chapel followed by VISITATION: 3-pm-5pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to Habitat for Humanity Omaha.
To view a live broadcast of the celebration of Life, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.
My mother and I send our deepest sympathy and condolence to all the family of Laural’s grandma. She was obviously a fabulous woman who lived a life filled with loving family, an adventure or two and enjoying her working life. Blessed is the man who trusteth the Lord and whose hope the Lord is.
So sorry for your loss. She looks like an amazing lady and I am sure you will celebrate her life in style.
Amanda, I am sorry for your loss. How blessed you and your family are to have had your grandmother with you for such a long time living a happy, nice life with those she loved. May such memories and God’s grace comfort you.
Beautiful tribute for a delightful lady!
She was an amazing woman who was so kind to all. It was a blessing to know her. God Bless the Family.
We are so sorry to hear of Blanche’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. She was a wonderful lady we will hold forever dear in our hearts.
Bruce, Donald, David and the entire Sykora Family.
What a remarkable woman Blanche was. She was a pioneer for women, starting with World War II. She spoke her mind and not afraid to step forward and do what she needed to do. Each time I met her I felt that she had a great many things to say that I could learn from. She was fun to be around. She raised a wonderful family that will make their mark on the world as well. I feel that she will stand watch over her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren for generations to come. Peace be with you Blanche for all eternity and peace be with her loving family.
Rest in eternal peace Blanche. Thanks Mike and Kathy for your kindness to me and I offered Mass today for your intentions and for your mom.
To the family of this amazing woman, please accept my condolences. Blanches service to our country should be included in our nation’s memorial to women in military service. Please ensure you register her at http://www.womensmemorial.org!